Aside from the miles of transportation, there’s something about the brightness of imported, exotic flowers for the house in January that jangles the senses.
In any case, big, bright blooms are unlikely to be found in January in my part of the world, but there’s a surprising amount of coloured, shapely foliage and a few flowers that’ll do the job nicely. Intersperse these with a few berries and the beginnings of flowers, and you have yourself a pleasing bunch or two that’ll lift your spirits.
My bunch contains:
- pale red berries and finely cut foliage of Nandina domestica
- dark green rosemary leaves with their soft grey-green underside
- sharp green whorls of euphorbia flowers and leaves
Try out different combinations of blooms and vases and clear the unwanted stems to the compost bin. They’ll be joined in a few days by the contents of the vase and the whole cycle begins again.
Have a look here if you’d like to know more about Nandina domestica, one of my favourite shrubs.
all photos: Jill Anderson