We’re watching snow gather outside the window, we’ve opened the first door on the Advent Calendar, and The Pogues are playing on the radio; the Christmas season has finally arrived and it’s time to embrace the festive spirit. Christmas memories are often entwined with warm smells; be it a small clementine or a mug of mulled wine. Evergreen leaves and greenery are a wonderful source of Wintery aroma, whilst you’re decorating your house why not incorporate some festive leaves and planting?
Our jolly Christmas Window Box features two small Christmas trees and an array of winter berries, perfect to draw in small robins and to add a touch of festive cheer to your outdoor space. Indoors use combinations of aromatic evergreens to replace your flower displays – pine, cedar, eucalyptus, balsam, juniper – and mix them as you would flowers. The scent is pure winter, and you’ll crave it every year. A daily misting of water will help keep evergreens smelling fresh.
The hanging of evergreens stretches back before written history. Old folktales tell of Norsemen pinning evergreen boughs over doorways to ward off evil. Evergreens were also taken indoors to freshen stale air and to freshen spirits during the long, dreary winter. We think, this still holds true – a Christmas wreath is a wonderful opportunity to brighten your home decorations and is laden with festive aromas. Instead of buying a wreath this year, why not make your own? Blending in your favourite Christmas leaves and berries, this is a lovely opportunity to maximise your own creativity.
How to make your own Christmas Wreath:
1. Gather a large bag full of 6-inch garden trimmings. Some suggested trimmings are cedar, pine, fir, redwood, magnolia and oak. Remember to include holly or other red berries in your collection. The tip ends of the branches work best.
2. Use a wire wreath frame or make your own from a wire coat hanger. (Simply unbend it from the familiar shape into a circle; you can use the hook to hang your finished wreath.)
3. Attach floral wire – sometimes called paddle wire – anywhere along the wire wreath frame. Tie it to the frame at that point and keep unspooling it and wrapping as you go around the frame with the bundles of greens.
4. Select several of the garden trimmings and place them together in a bunch with the stems at one end.
5. Place this bundle on top of the frame where the floral wire is connected.
6. Hold the bundle in place and wrap the floral wire around the bundle and frame. You will need two hands for this: one to hold the bundle in place against the frame and one to wrap the wire.
7. Wrap the floral wire around the bundle a second time and then pull it tight. Make sure to leave the wire attached to the frame – you still have a long way to go.
8. Gather another bundle of foliage and place it so that the leaves overlap the first bunch and cover the stems. Make sure that the stems on both bunches face the same direction.
9. Continue overlapping the bunches of foliage and wiring them to the frame until you complete the circle.
10. Add pinecones by twisting a new piece of paddle wire around the base of the cone, leaving a tail of 8 to 10 inches. Tie the wired cone’s tail to the wreath.
11. Lift the first bundle that you wired onto the frame and tuck the last bundle under it.
12. Twist the wire tightly around the last bundle. Knot the wire onto the frame, leaving 1 inch of wire with which to hang the finished wreath.
13. Trim the wire with scissors or pruning shears when you’re finished.
Once you’ve hung your wreath and other festive garlands, mist with water daily to help the cuttings last. Now your house will be full of festive aromas!