In a Vase on the Monday before Christmas – Red, Green, and Gold

Star Jasmine seemed appropriate for Christmas, with a Geranium and Fuchsia ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’ for the red, and a little asparagus fern. Trachelospermum jasminoides is as sweet as Jasmine but more controllable.

fuchsia geranium cut flower

I spent a rare weekend in the city, so it was a good chance to get the jungle of vines under control. Both the Fuchsia and the Star Jasmine needed major trimming, the Fuchsia because it had become so leggy, and the Star Jasmine because it was threatening to take over the driveway and climb the neighbour’s trees.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for inspiring us to bring flowers inside every Monday this year, and returning her wishes of Peace, Prosperity, and Goodwill.


16 thoughts on “In a Vase on the Monday before Christmas – Red, Green, and Gold

  1. Yes, Susie got it just right – the colours are pure. I was going to comment especially on the red fuchsia which is stunning with the others – and what a floriferous trachelospermum! It is obviously happy if it is making a takeover bid 🙂 Very best wishes to you and your family Cath

    1. I’m sure you will be able to grow this one. It really likes a bit of light shade and moisture, but will put up with all sorts of abuse, and grows easily from cuttings. Have a lovely Christmas.

    1. Thanks! I think all Gardeners want the thing that’s hard to grow :). I would like more raspberries and blackberries. The plants grow like weeds for me but almost no berries.

      1. Oh, that’s interesting, I assumed it was lack of cold weather, but our soil is very poor in phosphorus. We’ve been bringing in chicken manure lately and phosphate rock and it has helped immensely. I have pretty much left the berries but I will try giving them some compost and manure.

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