Seasonal favourite shows its true colours
THEIR vivid colouring has made them a firm favourite for the festive season.
And as this red carpet of poinsettias shows, this year’s crop is ready to brighten up the winter gloom.
Around 50,000 have been cultivated by staff at Pentland Plants in greenhouses at Loanhead, Midlothian.
Carolyn Spray, 51, has been selling the plants commercially for more than 25 years after her grandfather introduced them to Britain from Mexico, where they originated.
Poinsettias are hugely popular as Christmas decorations or as seasonal gifts for friends and family.
But this year, in addition to the traditionally coloured plants, around 8,000 bright pink ones have been grown as part of a campaign by the centre to help raise money for secondary breast cancer charity Make 2nds Count.
Miss Spray said that £1 from the sale of each the pink poinsettias will be donated to the cause.
She added: ‘One of our supplier’s daughters has secondary breast cancer and that’s why I decided to fundraise for the charity.
‘We are hoping to raise as much as we can before Christmas.’
Sea of scarlet: Staff check poinsettia crop grown at Loanhead
Bright stuff: Ready for sale