Small red tulips are the epitome of Christmas. Make a small decoration outside of pots, buckets or something else that tolerates the weather. Large pots and buckets can be filled with LECA pebbles in the bottom. Fill them with moss and place the red tulips in the moss along with berries, houseleek, mistletoes, cones or other things. Here the decoration is placed on an old blue painted toboggan in the middle of the perennial bed.
Photo: Nina Ewald
Christmas is a busy time. You need to buy Christmas presents and decorate, and the days are shorter, so you won’t have time to do everything you normally do.
Christmas start outside – maybe with a garland on the door, a pot of flowers or evergreens by the front door, and of course the small string lights. It is also a good idea to decorate the balcony or terrace so you can enjoy it from the living room.
Fortunately, most shops have ornaments and decorations that are already finished, but even with some spring onions, fir and lights you can easily decorate the house.
Bulbous plants are quite cheap and if you want flowers the entire Christmas bulbous plants are perfect. They come in small plastic pots which might not be very pretty, but they are also just a way to store them. When you get home, you can take the bulbous plants out of the plastic pot and transplant them in a glass or pot, or a decoration on a platter. Along with evergreen branches or twisted twigs and moss, you will quickly have a sense of Christmas in the house. Notice when you buy hyacinth bulbs that the pots are in different colours. As you can’t see the colour of the flower when the bulbs are not sprouting, the colour of the pot will indicate the colour of the flower. Either blue, pink or white.
You can also use cut off flowers. Cut off flowers are better suited for inside use, while bulbs tolerate being outside. If you put your bouquets and decorations in a cool place during the night they will last longer.
The garland was bought finished, but you can make one yourself from flexible branches, like willow or vine. In the bottom are different evergreen branches, eucalyptus and fir with lichen. They are tied to the garland with a thin metal wire. The split hyacinth bulbs have been fastened in the bottom of the garland with wire too. Finally, you can decorate with a ribbon, a star or an artificial flower – whatever you have.
Photo: Charlotte Sandberg
Here three amaryllis bulbs have been used in an unusual decoration. They have been fastened on an old twisted branch. Nails are hammered in the branch to have something to stick the bulbs on. Then a thin string light is wrapped around the branch and bulbs. When the bulbs start to sprout, they can be transplanted in a pot or a glass with soil.
Less is more. Three cut off amaryllis stalks have been put in a glass vase with fir twigs and a magnolia branch. A fast and simple, but beautiful decoration that fits the modern and minimalistic home.
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Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.