My Christmas bouquet from the garden this year.
Every Christmas Day for some years now, I’ve walked around the garden on Christmas morning and composed a bouquet of the things I can find in flower and in berry. It’s one of those simple things that makes me very happy. There’s a lot of holly around this year, but not in my garden, so I can’t cheat (under my self-imposed rules), but I’m well supplied with cotoneaster berries and crab apples.
It’s a very mild winter, and this year my bouquet is composed of:
BuddleiaEleagnus pungens ‘Maculata’
Crab apple (nameless)
Mahonia media ‘Charity’
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ and
Rosa Rambling Rector.
There were plenty of others to choose from, including the dried-out heads of hydrangea paniculata, all sorts of rosehips, bamboos (which I am forbidden to touch until year 4) and grasses, but these were enough to be getting on with.