So I have taken that as permission to post the best of my poinsettia collection as a pictorial Christmas card.
This one I photographed on my walk this morning - it was lovely to see the actual flowers which are normally so insignificant.
The next few I found in a local garden centre where I bought this year's plant.
Then there are those adorning balconies all over Tenerife . . .
. . . an entire hedge of the pompom variety between a banana plantation and the road . . .
. . . and a less showy variety in a garden near us.
This last picture is a close-up of our poinsettia from 2012 which came back to life and put on a brave show earlier this year, then turned up its toes (roots?) last month. We assume this was a deliberate built-in obsolescence - a ploy to make us buy another one.