Brighten your home for Christ­mas

Bay News - - YOUR GARDEN -

The fes­tive time of year al­ways seems to come around far too fast and the older we get the quicker it comes— so there is no time to waste.

Christ­mas is a lovely time to spend at home and bright­en­ing the in­side and out­side up­with flower pots and hang­ing bas­kets is such a fun thing to do.

Let’s start on the in­side. These days we have a huge range of ex­tremely long last­ing in­door plants avail­able. You can se­lect from those­with lovely fo­liage like ca­lath­eas, fi­cus, peace lilies, palms and scheflerra all very easy to care for and bold in their fo­liage.

Or you can go for some­thing that is bright and flow­er­ing. The world’s most pop­u­lar house plant, pha­laenop­sis or­chids, are stun­ning! Poin­set­tias are a sign of Christ­mas and we have cream and pink mar­bled poin­set­tias as well as the tra­di­tional big bright reds. They will last for months on end and give you plenty of colour. Much bet­ter value than a bunch of flow­ers.

Flow­er­ing kalan­choes and an­thuri­ums are also choice for in­side and let’s not for­get the stun­ning and de­li­ciously fra­grant Christ­mas lilies!

For out­side, you can get in­ven­tive and pot up amyr­iad of dif­fer­ent flow­er­ing plants into con­tain­ers, hang­ing bas­kets, flower tow­ers, old boots, even wheel­bar­rows to cre­ate an im­pact. Try red and white petu­nias, be­go­nias or im­pa­tiens, or drifts of gera­ni­ums.

Roses can be plunged into pots at the front door and fuch­sias make a great colour splash in the shady places. Long flow­er­ing sun­pa­tiens are fan­tas­tic too.

Don’t for­get to­hang some flow­er­ing bas­kets around the bar­be­cue, pa­tio or court­yard. A great idea is to plant up herbs into hang­ing bas­kets or pots and use them at bar­be­cue time and then take them on hol­i­day with you!

As there is not much time be­fore all those Christ­mas vis­i­tors turn up, it is best to get plants that are al­ready flow­er­ing for a good dis­play. We have bas­kets al­ready to go.

If you get on to all this now then you will have more time to re­lax be­fore the re­ally silly sea­son be­gins.

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Ginny Clark

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