I spent a couple of days last week making winter wreaths. It was mild enough for me to work outside, which meant I didn’t need to worry about being a bit messy!
It was also lovely because I got to work outside surrounded by birdsong. This little friend kept coming to see what I was doing, and my gang of long-tailed tits visited, chattering away to each other.
I had plenty of wreath bases left over from last year, but unfortunately none of my eryngiums flowered this year, so I had to put my thinking cap on. I still had lots of dried nigella left over from the summer and a stash of pinecones that I’ve picked up over the years.
The wreaths are quite different to the ones I made last year, which were quite blingy. I haven’t received any feedback yet, so I’m not sure how they’ve gone down, but I like them for being a bit more subtle.
By contrast, I went full out more is more when I refreshed the tree decoration that I made last year. I used up the ivy and some Chinese lanterns that I’d had drying in the shed and added some butcher’s broom for even more colour.