Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Festive, if temporary


Winter gardening is about forcing bulbs, but much more. This is the time when flowers inside the house are essential. This is the time when it’s hardest to keep living plants alive.


But it’s also fun. I love bringing big evergreen branches in for the mantelpieces. I love planting hundreds of hyacinths for forcing. And I love getting marvelous gifts like the one you see here—a tree made out of evergreen boughs.


Soon a recently-bought amaryllis will be in bloom, and not too many weeks later a bunch of narcissus will as well. Such is winter gardening. And such is GBBD in December.

8 comments:

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Lovely arrangements!

Rebecca said...

For several years, a friend gifted me with an amaryllis a few weeks before Christmas...Then we moved and have less contact than we used to...

Your post reminded me that I miss her AND my amaryllis! Next time I'm out, I just may gift mySELF!

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Very pretty arrangements from a not to far away neighbor of yours.

Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

Your holiday decorations are absolutely beautiful! I love the floral arrangement in the top photo.

RBell said...

Bulb forcing is something in which I have yet to dabble - does produce such lovely flowers during this time of the year.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I've got lots of pots too. Must keep the spirit alive for spring. Merry Christmas Eliz.~~Dee

Urban Gardens said...

Beautiful arrangements! I needed some inspiration for my holiday table. I 'm going to do what I did before: glass vase with cranberries and then whatever fresh white flowers I can find or White Kale.

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Merry Christmas Eliz! L, H.