Simply Red

For that essential splash of Christmas red there is nothing quite like amaryllis. Poinsettias are passé and carnations a cliché, so I like to be bold and plump for ostentatious amaryllis when decorating for the festive season. Botanical correctness (of which I am fond but frequently uncertain) requires me to point out that these sizzling South American sirens […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)

They are big, brash, uncompromising flowers, but I love them. Hailing from South America, Hippeastrums are often confused with their South African cousins the Amaryllis. Quite how these stunning bulbs found their way to the remote valley in Bhutan where I took this photograph I don’t know. They seemed very much at home, forming clumps around […]

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The Big Apple Beckons

Although I live and breath Christmas year-round, it’s an annual business trip to New York that really marks the beginning of my festivities.  I attempt to have both gardens put to bed, cards written and most gifts bought before I go.  Then I can work and party through December knowing Christmas is in the bag. […]

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