Saturday, December 26, 2009

...And the Bartender Says, "Hey, Buddy, We Don't Serve Sedum Morganianum Here!"

With the bounty places on our heads by Arturo Beltran Leyva presumably lifted now, we've returned to the Querétaro Bureau for a couple of weeks, and so of course the first thing we do is start writing about the US.

Readers in Baltimore may want to stop by the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Gardens to catch the annual Holiday Poinsettia show, which opened there a couple weeks ago "n National Poinsettia Day, established by an act of Congress to honor Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who brought home cuttings from the colorful shrub to his greenhouse in South Carolina, where he began propagating it and giving plants to his friends." Sounds like whatever the opposite of "fun" is? Well see if this does anything for ya:

This year's show at the Conservatory has a Mexican theme, to celebrate the origins of the poinsettia, including a topiary burro, complete with a "Burro's Tail" sedum.

"That is a joke that is probably lost on most people," said Conservatory supervisor Kate Blom, smiling. "But when people who know plants see it, they crack up."

[crickets.]

We realize there's almost a week to go, but we feel comfortable awarding the Worst Burro-Themed Visual Pun of the Decade to the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Gardens. ¡Felicidades!

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