Home-made Christmas Table Decoration
At this time of year, like our ancestors, it is good to bring some greenery into the house as a reminder that not all is lost in winter.
Evergreen foliage available for sale from fifesmallholder
Its winter and I spent just half an hour going round my garden taking cuttings from evergreen shrubs, flowers, seed heads, and trailing plants to produce the table decoration above. It all sits in water so should keep fresh throughout the festive season, and if not then I will just nip out and cut some more. The scent from the leaves adds another dimension, and next year I intend to use my own hand-dipped beeswax candles that will add to the festive aroma.
Don’t give up on your garden at this time of year – take a trip to the garden centre to see what they have in season- you’ll be surprised at some of the flowering and scented shrubs that dare to shine in winter.
Doing this has inspired me to try and make my own wreaths next year – I intend to collect lengths of willow, dog wood, grape vine and pliable shrub prunings – twist them into spirals and hang them up to dry in the greenhouse.
Here are links to some nice wreaths made with things from the garden.
- Amaryllis wreath http://pinterest.com/pin/96968198198565645/
- Pinecone Wreath http://pinterest.com/pin/48061920994486676/ http://pinterest.com/pin/189291990559316566/
- Christmas berry window wreath http://pinterest.com/pin/158611218097654944/
- Hessian wreath http://pinterest.com/pin/39758409181467192/
- Simple rosemary wreath http://pinterest.com/pin/231794712040850857/
- Herbal wreath http://pinterest.com/pin/133911788890831318/
- Wreath chandelier http://pinterest.com/pin/450852612665951487/