Tuesday, January 5, 2010

THE HOLLYWOOD HISTORY OF THE RED POINSETTIA

Five years ago when we bought our house I discovered
on the back patio in a small area of earth was a tree. In fact a poinsettia tree. Many friends said it was trash, to old lady, common. I said wow! I can't wait until it blooms. And it did. Every year, same time and we love it. The very short history behind this flower starts with Joel Roberts Poinsett working for President John Quincy Adams, a trip to Mexico and then to South Carolina. Now this is the Hollywood part, along comes a man by the name Albert Ecke, a trip to Mexico then Los Angeles and Hollywood, Hayworth Ave. to be exact. This is 1906. He and his family had a small ranch on Sunset Blvd. and sold the poinsettias at roadside stands in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Since our house was built in 1922. I like to think that is was bought on the side of the road by an old lady who thought it was the most uncommon beautiful elegant thing she ever saw, because we do too.

2 comments:

Stephen said...

Kevin!
I don't know how you found me, but thank you for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment. It means so much to me. But most of all, thanks for you great blog. I love it & am now a follower.
My father grew up in Silver Lake & went to college at Loyola Marymount. When I lived in LA in the early 1970s, Hollywood was at it's worst. I rarely went to that part of town, well occasionally for a trick.. Now when I visit, I always go to your neighborhood. It had had such a renaissance!
I am enjoying getting to know a bit about you.

normadesmond said...

when i lived in LA, i had a co-worker/pal who lived on pointsettia. she was the sister of june haver. old hollywood indeed.