Japanse tuinen en ikebana/Japanese gardens and Ikebana

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Japanese gardens, floral design and musings about living a good life.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December Blooms

December’s flower is Narcissus.
The narcissus represents peace, renewal and hope for eternal life.
narcissus image courtesy of echo

The Christmas season brings many blooms inside to enjoy with family and friends. Poinsettia is a popular Christmas holiday plant, and in nature is a perennial shrub that can grow over ten feet tall. In its native Mexico it is called Flores De Noche Buena (Flowers of the Holy Night). The colorful parts of the plant that most think are petals, are actually modified leaves and Holly, another popular holiday decoration, is prized for its shiny green leaves and bright red berries. Holly has a rich history and was used by the Romans during the festival of Saturnalia. Hellebores, sometimes called the Christmas Rose, are elegant and sometimes shy, with their beautiful blooms nodding down. Myth has it that an angel offered a Christmas Rose to a  shepherdess as a gift for the infant Jesus. The Crocus is popular in December displays, exuberantly bursting from little pots and the Cyclamen found at florists in December sport mainly white, pink, red or purple flowers, all perfect for the Advent and Christmas season. So, there are too many flowers for December here in Belgium to pick just one, and that makes for festive and fun floral designs...imagine the possibilities all over the world as we end this year and begin another.

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