|Wreath with Banksia - I thought the flowers were fake at first|
Most years I buy an inexpensive Christmas wreath from the local garden center or tree lot. Although they may have a few pine cones and a mix of greens, they're pretty plain.
|This year's purchase, hung over the flagpole holder that came with the house|
But I always add my own touches, usually a bow and Christmas ornament odds and ends. This year, Sunset magazine featured wreaths with proteas and I thought maybe I'd use natural materials to embellish my wreath too (even if I didn't make the base from scratch). Loree of danger garden added Leucadendron to her tree and I thought that was a good idea, especially as I have several of these shrubs in my garden. I tucked in some Aeonium, Pennisetum setaceum and Heteromeles arbutifolia berries too.
|My embellished wreath|
|In addition to a bow I've reused for years, I added succulents, berries and grass plumes cut from my garden as shown in close-up here|
|This close-up of the wreath's lower portion shows 2 varieties of Aeonium, stems of silvery Leucadendron 'Pisa' and cuttings of L. 'Wilson's Wonder' (I also used a few stems of L. 'Chief')|
Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' isn't as red as it was in summer or as yellow as it'll be later this winter but I was still pleased with the effect. And, despite our recent rain (another inch from the storms yesterday and last night!), the wreath has held up well in a largely unsheltered area. Do you use garden material to decorate for the holidays?
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