Monday, November 23, 2020

Poinsettia Gallery 2020

 Mitchell's Nursery & Greenhouse

Presents:   Poinsettias On Parade 2020

These represent only a small portion of the 103 varieties on display at the greenhouse right now. You are invited to stop by and have a look for yourself before they are all gone. There is still a great selection and even if you don't want to purchase a poinsettia, we promise your senses will not be disappointed. The vibrant colors and the light holiday fragrance is something not soon forgotten. Bring your family and your camera. If you have never been to Mitchell's during poinsettia season, you must come at least once. They get gone quickly, so the earlier the better. We hope you enjoy this gallery of poinsettias on parade.  

Below you will see a sample ballot. This allows you to rank your favorites and the data is given to the breeders so that they know how to plan for the next poinsettia season. Some will be improved upon. Some will remain the same for years to come and some will be scrapped and sent back to the hybrid drawing board. Take part in the future of your favorites. Mitchell's Nursery is one of only 3 that takes part in these poinsettia trials in NC. Bring your opinion to the table.


Many times you will see poinsettias paired with other beautiful plants to make an unusual but stunning gift for the holiday. Mitchell's prides themselves in the creativity that it takes to make your gift-giving easy and painless. So many combinations to choose from. Build your own from amaryllis, succulents, cactus, vines, or cyclamen. Maybe you prefer diamond frost or just a combination of different poinsettias. You be the artist and create your own masterpiece.

Thanksgiving Morning Roll-ups

 Thanksgiving Morning Roll-ups


  • 5 eggs scrambled (reserve 2 tbs. uncooked to brush on top of rolls)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (8 oz) roll refrigerated *Pillsbury
    crescent rolls
  • 8 fully cooked breakfast sausage links
  • 4 slices American cheese or any cheese of your choice


  • Heat oven to 350°F. 
  • Unroll dough onto work surface; separate into 8 triangles.
  • Cut cheese slices in half; place 1 half on each triangle.
  • Top each with a spoonful of scrambled eggs and 1 sausage link.
  • Loosely roll up triangles as directed on can
  • Place rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Brush reserved beaten egg on top of each crescent.
  • Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper & salt over each. (optional)
  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Judy's Jambalaya


1-8 oz. Zatarain's Jambalaya

1/2 c. chopped fresh or frozen green or red pepper

1/2 c. chopped onion

1 tsp. turmeric

Follow directions on the box and simmer until the rice is almost done.


2 c. frozen or fresh okra sliced, optional

12-15 oz sliced smoked sausage of your choice

1- 15 oz. can black beans

Simmer until okra changes color.


The Wonderful History of the Poinsettia

The poinsettia is an ornamental shrub, native to Mexico and Central America, where it was known as Flor de la Noche Buena or "Flower of the Holy Night". It is believed to have been used as a Christmas decoration as early as the 17th century when Franciscan monks near Taxco, Mexico incorporated the plant in their Nativity processions. According to Mexican legend, a young boy (or girl) named Pepita was on his way to visit the village Nativity scene. In route, he realized he had no gift for the Christ child. He gathered pretty green blooms from along the road and brought them to the church. He was ridiculed and mocked by the other children for his humble gift. Yet, when laid at the manger, a beautiful, red, star-shaped flower appeared atop the green leaves. In 1828, Joel R. Poinsett, then U.S. ambassador to Mexico, was introduced to the plant and brought it back with him to America. Poinsett's love of botany led him to cultivate the plant at his home in South Carolina. He shared specimens of it with friends and botanists. In the U.S., the plant was later named the 'poinsettia' in honor of the first American to discover and begin propagating it. In 1836, Congress declared December 12th as National Poinsettia Day to commemorate the death of Joel Poinsett. The bright red petals, often mistaken for flowers, are actually the upper leaves of the plant called bracts and the tiny flowers are nestled amongst the bracts. Though widely thought to be poisonous to humans, this is actually a myth. According to the POISINDEX, used by most U.S. poison control centers, a 50 lb. child would need to consume more than 500 leaves of the plant to reach a potentially fatal dose of the compounds found in poinsettias. The bitter taste of the plant ensures that most humans and animals rarely take more than one bite. The poinsettia has become a worldwide holiday favorite for indoor decorating. Though available in a variety of colors, including pink, white, and burgundy, the traditional red is and always has been the most popular color. The lovely poinsettia adds a lasting, beautiful splash of color during the Christmas season. 

              Different Poinsettia varieties.                                 Joel Roberts Poinsett