Allium decorations, Allium Purple Sensation, Christmas wreath, female holly, Ilex Altaclerensis Golden king, Letterpress Noel, Silver sprayed alliums
Like most of you I have been rather busy with Christmas and hope that you have all had an enjoyable few days with your nearest and dearest.
One of the lovely things about the Christmas period is the preparation and decoration. I made three wreaths, one for my boss, one for the church and one for home. All three are completely different thanks to the foliage chosen. For home I used lengths of ivy wound round and round with clusters of hawthorn berries tied with florist wire into little groups. Topped off with a red ribbon and white lights it has sat next to my door, gently twinkling. This was made with a group of friends who were making their own wreaths. Amazingly no two were even a bit alike.
For work I used a large moss covered ring, dressed with a layer of evergreen conifer, topped with varigated Euonymous, female holly Golden king, Ilex Altaclerensis and clusters of their berries.
For the church I used the glaucus blue green foliage of an unknown conifer. This was snipped from my neighbours tree, with permission, but I do not know the form. It has a strong conifer scent, is rather sticky to use and has small tight cones. Do you recognise it? Do tell me what species it is, if you know. To this I added clusters of hawthorn berries and a red bow. To help the wreath twinkle and stand out against the dark door I added some gold tinsle.
I have a vase full of silver sprayed allium heads mixed with a couple of painted white twigs to decorate the sideboard.
There is a Christmas tree with the usual lights and collection of baubles but I think it is the ones which are home made which are the ones held dear.
Best wishes to you and may your New Year 2016 be healthy and happy.
Dorris, Loved the noel as well as the wreaths
Thinking of you and yours and I look forward to seeing you in 2016
Much love Nicola & boys xxx >
Thanks ME I hope you have had a good Christmas and let’s hope for a kind 2016 x
Marian St.Clair said:
Homemade is always best, isn’t it? I hope the boss was impressed; the Euonymous and holly berries make a stiking combo and the ring of foliage fits perfectly within the diamond lattice. Your mystery plant might be Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Ice’ or a similar selection. We call it Arizona cypress here.
Thanks Marian and I couldn’t agree more, homemade is the best. I am not sure about the Arizona cypress, I shall have to do a bit of research. Wishing you a great 2016.
What lovely wreaths Doris. I love the one with the glaucous green conifer foliage. Making my first one from cutoffs from the garden this year really made me feel happy, so I shall be making more. A Very Happy New Year to you.
Thank you Noelle. It is a fun thing to do and lovely to do with a friend. Lets hope for a kind 2016.
Donna@Gardens Eye View said:
I love these wreaths and those allium seed heads are stunning in silver! Happy New Year!
Thank you Donna. Lets hope for a kind 2016
Eliza Waters said:
Beautiful decorations, Dorris – your wreaths are fabulous!
Thank you Eliza, fun to make. Happy New Year
I don’t think you can match the simple beauty of a home made wreath. I think you may find you have a large number of orders next year!
It has been super to follow the progress of your garden making through the seasons. I wish you more good gardening in 2016.
Thank you Liz. I am happy to report a great number of tulips are anticipated for early 2016. ! Thank you. I hope to be able to share them with you as they emerge.
Yes, all lovely – and how nice to have the scent of greenery too. No scent on the holly & ivy wreath on the front door although with it being on the outside Frank and his predecessors would have blown it any fragrance away! The silver allium heads look stunning!
Thank you Cathy.I don’t know about scent, Frank and his predessors nearly blew the actual wreath away. Those alliums are so easy to do and serve as a reminder of warmer early Summer days, so what’s not to love 🙂
Lovely wreaths Dorris. Looking forward to seeing your garden develop in 2016.
Thank you Chloris. Lots to do in the garden in 2016. I am getting excited as I have booked to have a continuous willow hurdle woven around the bottom of the garden. Then there will be shrubs to go in. It will suddenly come together, I hope.