Through this humble metal door, my friends and I entered the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses on the campus of the University of New Hampshire to experience the 10th annual Poinsettia Trials that started today and runs through Saturday.
Visitors are treated to more than 100 varieties of Poinsettias and can help in ongoing research by completing survey forms.
As usual, there were every shape, size, and color imaginable. But, this year it seemed like the colors almost took your breath away they were so vibrant.
With all the plants being sold for a modest $12, my problem was that when friends came for lunch yesterday, they brought me a huge, beautiful Poinsettia. One that takes up an entire coffee table. There was no way I could bring home another one.
After voting for my favorites and looking through all the greenhouses, I spent a lot of time in the area devoted to the growing of hydroponic vegetables.
Tanks of tilapia and goldfish provided nutrients for a variety of greens, and cherry ‘holiday’ tomatoes were on sale for $5 each. It makes a New England gardener’s heart sing in the middle of December to see tomatoes on the vine. 🙂
Instead of buying Poinsettias, I picked up a few tomato plants. Here’s hoping on Christmas day I can pick a couple of tomatoes and toss them in a salad.
Before I left, I spoke with a couple of young men about the hydroponic systems they were using, and one man in particular blew me away. He will graduate in June and along with his brother who is two years younger, they have purchased eighteen acres of land in the Mt, Washington Valley area and plan to establish an educational center for homesteaders. He wants to help others be self-sufficient with an ultimate goal of seeing the entire Mt. Washington Valley area self-sufficient and able to survive regardless of the up and downs of our global economy.
This metal door was very ordinary, but the Poinsettia Trials and the UNH students studying and working in the agricultural program at UNH were certainly impressive. 🙂
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, December 10, 2015.