THE DECEMBER DECORATIONS are underway, starting with the window garden pictured up top. Here, chrysanthemums, african violets, and other denizens of the autumn display have been replaced with more “jingle-bellish” plants. I’m still tweaking the arrangement, but already this garden is filling me with Christmas cheer:
On the bookcase (which serves as an extension to my narrow windowsill): Pink-hued Persian cyclamens flank a Rabbit’s Foot fern; not yet in bloom is a bowl of Narcissus ‘Ariel’ on the left, which will grow to only half its usual height because I give it gin. Another cyclamen, grown from a tuber, is on the right.
On the first shelf: Pots of the “Frosty Fern,” which botanically goes by the mouthful Selaginella Krausianna Variegatus, flank an oval bowl of Narcissus ‘Inball.’ These bulbs, too, receive the gin-treatment.
Second shelf: A cheerful trio of scarlet poinsettias can’t help but announce “It’s Christmas!”
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