I’ve been chopping back a few boundary shrubs today and this has providentially given me some useful, fresh material to revitalise an old shop-bought Christmas wreath. The wreath was new several years ago, but was squirrelled away because of its good bones. It gets rolled out and tarted up each year. Since I am essentially making a floral arrangement, I thought I would join in with Cathy@Ramblinginthegarden’s for her popular, weekly ‘In a vase on Monday‘ meme.
This is the primped wreath on our door:
Unfortunately, I didn’t bother to photograph the naked, stored wreath, but it was essentially a pine-cone annulus glued to the front of a woven twig ring, with a few bits of glittery icicles and a small number of small, glass baubles for sparkle. It probably had a red bow on it at some stage, but that disappeared some time ago.
I’ve added the classics … Holly, both plain and variegated, and ivy.
Then I’ve raided the crab apple tree for some wonderfully rosy John Downie globes:
Finally, I found some rather lovely rosehips on a rose called ‘Starlight Symphony‘ (a recent introduction from Harkness Roses whose flowers are pure white, but have the most fantastic lush, pink stamen.)
Most of the cut pieces were simply poked through the cones to the backing twig ring, where their stalks were either woven or jammed into the main bodywork.
It’s probably this wreath’s last outing. Cones are beginning to drop off and the twigs are very brittle. Meanwhile, it is currently a rather cheerful welcome to our home.
Do you buy or make Christmas wreaths? Do you keep them for another year?
For further floral creations remember to click through to Cathy’s blog.