Canning Christmas plants
Washington, D.C.., florist Sarah von Pollaro is drawn to poinsettia varieties whose blooms are creamy white, speckled or bicolored. And the pot is the thing. She takes a large, yellow-white poinsettia and puts it in a recycled metal can made for pistachios, blue and corrugated. In a smaller, repurposed plum tomato can, she places a dainty scarlet cyclamen whose blossoms pick up the colors of the label.
Holiday home tour today
Project Beauty’s holiday home tour – two houses on the west side and two houses on the east – is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The tour includes two former Symphony Showhouses: at 205 N. Roosevelt and 32 Norfolk. The two other decorated houses are at 932 N. Toh-N-Hah Trail and 8001 W. Meadow Pass Court. There is a suggested donation of $15, which is tax deductible, at any of the houses. The donations will benefit Project Beauty.
In color at Botanica
Japanese red pine, aka Pinus densiflora umbraculifera, in the John Firsching Evergreen Collection.