Sanctuary flowers in Beechworth’s Anglican Christ Church for this evening’s traditional service of lessons and carols. Father Thomas Leslie leads the service – one of the highlights of the season – and Sandra Williams directs a 14-voice choir and plays the church’s historic William Anderson 1882 Melbourne-built pipe organ.

The hazelnut stems Corylus avellana, Alstromeria psittacina var. pulchella ‘Christmas Bell’, red-tip Photinia x fraseri, blue Salvia (is it elegans?) and violet Hydrangea macrophylla came from the garden.