The garden’s fresh flowers are well and truly over, and last week’s offerings from the hedgerows are still decorating the flat; thanks to the fact that lichened sticks and dried seedheads have a rather longer shelf-life than flowers, my arrangements will probably last around the house until the first spring bulbs, with frequent changes of location to keep things looking fresh.
With Christmas approaching fast, it is also the season for thick wreaths of evergreens to hang by ribbons on front doors, and so perhaps Cathy of Rambling in the Garden will overlook the lack of a vase for this week’s In a Vase on Monday.
This wreath was made by me in my final class with Narcisuss Flower School: sixteen of us twisting, persuading and tying red whips of dogwood into tight circles, then wiring round and round with damp moss and boughs of spruce and fir before adding oranges, chillies and cinnamon tied with ribbons. Given the amount of mulled wine and cheese consumed by the class, it’s a wonder the wreaths looked as good as they did. Or perhaps the wine lubricated our imaginations and set our Christmas spirits free.
The wreath was extremely heavy, given the amount of wire used and the dampness of the moss and evergreens, so I laid it on hessian for a night or two until it had lost some moisture and the dogwood had settled into its shape.
I have seen so many beautiful wreaths on Instagram lately – some bushy and traditional, full of decorations and ribbons, others simple, graceful, slim, rustic. Wreath making courses are popping up all over Edinburgh and no doubt across the rest of the country this month, and I thoroughly recommend joining a class wherever you are, if you can, to learn the very enjoyable art of making these beautiful decorations.