Marketman’s second holiday tip. Poinsettias are the iconic flower for Christmas. I have written about poinsettias before, and have featured them in all their different shades in posts here, here and here. Because they last several weeks indoors with the proper care, we like to purchase several pots of poinsettias during the first week of December, and rely on them to spruce up the house until our annual Christmas dinners and their more elaborate floral arrangements take place. This year, we got a dozen or so pots of poinsettias at PHP200 a pot, the “wholesale” price from THE SOURCE, King Louis Flowers, which I also featured here, LONG BEFORE locally grown hybrid poinsettias became so popular and readily available. We keep them in old vintage wine crates, or baskets, and you just need to water them every other day or so. Remember, if you keep your poinsettias in a sunny area, their red leaves (they are technically NOT the flowers) are more likely to turn green, so they are best suited to indoors for the period before Christmas so they keep those nice bright red leaves… Oh, and if you have pets, please be wary of the white elmer’s glue like sap or “dagta” from poinsettia stems which can be poisonous to some curious animals.