Christmas Agapanthus

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

All over the world, cultures of all kinds celebrate Christmas by festooning their abodes with traditional festive plants and flowers from poinsettia to Christmas cactus, holly,ivy, mistletoe and the Christmas rose.

For most of the world's population, these plants herald the arrival of this holy time of year, yet for those of us in the southern hemisphere, things couldn't be more different.

Not only do we delight in the appearance of spring bulbs at Halloween and enjoy the paintbox autumn hues of falling leaves at Easter time, we also delight in the varied summer plants that thrive at Christmastime.

For me, the arrival of Christmas is absolutely heralded by the agapanthus. With a clutch of beaded, purple jewels busting from their lime green skullcaps, these stunning flowers stretch their lanky legs and unfurl them delicately over a series of days, opening into a starburst of exquisite colour.

We have many of these beautiful plants dotting the southern side of our house - but if only we had hundreds and I could spare lopping a stem or eight and bringing them inside to brighten our Christmas table.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you revel in the blooms and greenery that brings that gorgeous Christmassy feel to December.

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