When a gardener wraps Christmas presents, she starts out with her stash of wrapping paper accumulated over several years.
She lays it out and notices that it has a decidely green and floral look to it. How did that happen?
She likes this one because it has amaryllis, holly, pine and roses on it.
She’s had this roll for several years.
She likes this paper because it has poinsettias on it and even says “Poinsettia” all over it.
She hopes the people she gives gifts to like it, too, because it is one of those mega rolls that you can buy at the warehouse stores. There is enough paper in this roll to wrap every hoe she has every year for the next decade, and then some.
She was really excited to find this paper because it has botanical names printed on it.
And the botanical names appear to be pretty accurate, like Abies concolor.
For a more vintage, traditional Christmas look, she also has paper with Christmas trees.
This is a stiff wrapping paper, good for books and other heavier gifts because it won’t tear.
While she’s wrapping all the gifts she thinks about cutting some of the branches in the back of the Christmas tree, where no one would notice if a few branches were shorter, to use for package decorations.
But then she realizes the only reason she wants to do this is to get to use her Felco pruners which she hasn’t had a chance to use in almost a month, so she decides not to do it.
When all the gifts are wrapped, she puts some of them in this bag which even has the word “botanical” on it.
And the word “flora”. These gifts are supposed to be stocking stuffers. Oops, some of them are bigger than the stockings.
When she is all done wrapping everything, the gardener ends up with this one odd gift amongst the Christmas presents.
This isn’t a Christmas present, it’s a birthday present for her sister who is turning 50 – FIFTY – on January 1st. Her sister will have to be an auxiliary member of the Society of Gardeners Age Fifty and Over (SGAFO) because she doesn’t actually garden, though she likes gardens and pretty flowers. But she will be 50, so she’ll be eligible to join if someday she does decide she would like to garden.
Then when the gardener is all done wrapping presents, she admires the flowers and trees and botanical words on the packages. It all makes her very happy and puts her in the Christmas spirit. It makes her want to start a Christmas tree farm. It makes her wish she had more amaryllis plants. It makes her think of the Christmas Cottontail and she can hardly wait for Christmas!