Bringing the Outside In

  
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and as part of the fun and festivities I really wanted to try making my own festive wreath. I’ve got a couple of lovely wreaths already, including this fabulous Pom Pom one gifted to me by a very good friend last year, but there’s just something about using the plants and foliage in the garden to make your own that really appeals to me. 

  
After some careful research on YouTube and Pinterest I was ready to start. The only equipment I needed was a natural wreath base, a pair of scissors and some wire cutters. 

Before it got dark, I headed out to the garden to get a good selection of leaves and berries. Now, at this point I should be telling you all the names of the plants and leaves I selected…. erm… confession time… I don’t know them all!! I do know I picked conifer, holly, ivy, there’s some pussy willow branches tucked in, it’s possible I picked rhododendrons but that may be totally wrong and there was a lovely plant fruiting bright red berries so I took a good bunch of that too! 
The main reason I took a wide selection of foliage was that I wanted to create depth and contrast to the wreath. I wanted to create a bit of interest and have a variety of leaf shapes, with different tones of greens. 

Once I’d selected the foliage I arranged them into groups to make it easier to create little posies to fix into place. Once everything was laid out, I was ready to begin!    

   
I took a few bunches of leaves and cuttings and arranged them into a nicely sized posie, sticking with the rule “big at the back, small at the front”. Once I had a fairly balanced grouping I laid it onto the wreath and fastened securely with florist wire. For the next posie I varied the foliage but kept to the same approximate size, placed it just overlapping the base of the first posie, and again, secured in place by wrapping the wire round the base and the posie. It was that simple, assemble posie and secure! The finishing touches were made by joining some pine cones together and filling in the gaps with berries and holly leaves. 

  
  
  
  
I had a great time making the wreath, it was much easier to make than I thought! I’d definitely recommend giving making your own a go! 

    
I’m so pleased with the end result, even if I don’t know all the names of the plants I’ve used! My resolution for next year is to be able to make the wreath only from plants I can name! 

Autumn Treasure

  
There’s something about the change in season, from Summer to Autumn that I just love. The crispness in the air, the last remnants of warm sunshine on your face, the magnificent colour changes in the leaves, bumper crops of apples and the rich pickings of blackberries in hedgerows… what’s not to like?! 

Something I absolutely love to do at this time of year is to go out for nature walks. To soak up the season change, marvel at the rich colour tones of the leaves and forage for nature treasure to make Christmas decorations from. I did this last year, well, I found loads of treasure but didn’t actually get round to making the decorations.

Doh! 

This year, not only did my squad of magnificent treasure hunters gather in loads of items, I found 10 minutes today to try a little experiment…

  
A mini acorn (not quite sure if they’re acorns) garland to hang  on the tree! 

  
I’ve got bags of them along with pine cones, cinnamon sticks and mini sleigh bells.. I think the hot glue gun is going to get quite an outing! 

Happy Autumn everyone 🍁