VIDEO - Poinsettias at Heighley Gate

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Christmas plants at blooming best

Heighley Gate garden centre near Morpeth is the only Northumberland grower of Poinsettias.

Euphorbia pulcherrima, to give it it’s proper name, is a popular festive addition to many households. The plants develop their colour with the shortening of daylight hours and the most popular colour is red but, as nursery manager Nigel Lawton explains, many other varieties are available too.

The plants at Heighley Gate are bigger than those sold in supermarkets and the garden centre has 3500 plants ready to sell.