Merry Kitschmas and Flapjack Plants


CAM00060-1If you are in search of kitschy Christmas decorations, South Florida should be your destination. Within walking distance of my house we have lighted Flamingo Santas, Santa on a surfboard full of presents crashing into a palm tree and my favorite, a full sized sled with Santa pulled by 8 Flamingos (pink, of course) Very festive and very kitschy.

I have to say I really love the Flamingos, having spent many years in the company of proper design professionals a few Kitschy Flamingos just make the holidays more enjoyable. The mascot for my Landscape Architecture class in college was the Pink Flamingo.

Tonight Santa arrives in my neighborhood in a convertible Mustang complete with Christmas lights and the stereo blaring Christmas carols, drives around and gives candy to the children in the neighborhood.

Blooming in the garden is another sort of kitschy plant, the Flapjack Plant. I had originally thought this was a variety of Jade Plant (Crassula, for botanical name lovers) The Flapjack Plant turns out to be a Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, hmmm, interesting. These are used as summer annuals further north,  but are perennial in South Florida. I had never seen one bloom, the flower spike makes the plant about four feet tall.

Flapjack Flowers

Flapjack Flowers

The foliage looks less like flapjacks as it gets bigger:

Flapjack Foliage

Flapjack Foliage

Kind of red and green in the spirit of Christmas?!

Happy Holidays, Merry Kitschmas, er, Christmas and Happy Gardening..



8 comments on “Merry Kitschmas and Flapjack Plants

  1. Chloris says:

    Santa Flamingos? I am simply lost for words. But I do like your Flapjack Plant. ( Did you make that name up?) Have a very happy Christmas. I am looking forward to reading your blog in 2015.


    • It is commonly known as the Flapjack Plant, flapjack may be American slang for pancakes, I am not sure.
      I did not make that up. When younger the plant looks more like a stack of pancakes.


  2. Chloris says:

    Despite the dubious taste of Santa flamingos I have nominated your gorgeous blog for a One Lovely Blog Award. I hope you will accept. See my blog for details.


  3. mattb325 says:

    I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. If you accept, please answer the questions on my post and nominate 5 other people. Best wishes!


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