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Monday, 16 December 2019

On the Door On Monday

Not in a vase or in the house but rules go out the window at Christmas. 
I have a few bedraggled flowers and some greenery in the garden, I'll show some next week, but here is my Christmas Wreath:
  

I'm making a lot of traditional wreaths this week for other people but mine is a departure and evolved as it went along. 

I've made all the bases with twigs or prunings. Jasmine is good and also Elaeagnus. Willow too but I only use that when I make a half wreath and the willow will be on show. It's too lovely to cover up. 
It's easy to twist up the stems into a circle and tuck them in under each other. 


This shows how I did not prune the Elaeagnus this year!
I mostly don't add moss but I did with this one. It's from our shady lawn. 

Then I added some greenery and lots of brown plus a little pink and red. 




It includes - Lleylandii - green and variegated, Pittosporum, some other conifer, Sedum flower heads, poppy heads, Hydrangea flowers straight from the plant, Alder (probably), Rose hips, grass heads and another head possibly Echinacea, Buddlejia leaves, Caryopteris flower heads. 

I did use wire to wrap round at the end, as there were lots of small bits, but usually I use string and find it works fine on a traditional wreath. Here are my more traditional ones:





Thanks for visiting. Hop over to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what everyone has found to put In a Vase on Monday.  Thanks Cathy. 

18 comments:

  1. Your traditional ones are great but I love your wreath with salad of garden gatherings for the one on your front door, best. Maybe you realised the Eleagnus would have its moment?

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    1. Thank you. I did. I use it for all kinds of things but I must give it a prune in the new year. The flowers smell amazing and I don't like to miss them.

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  2. I love your wreath Alison! It's like a story of the year in your garden, and what better way to celebrate it all but at Christmas time. I didn't manage a vase today, or even a wreath (I could have used the one I made last week - should have thought of that this morning when I was cobbling together my post!), but I hope you enjoy the floral images anyway! Amanda https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-substitute-vase-on-monday.html

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    1. Thank you, I agree though I like the idea of wreaths throughout the year so hope to make more of them. In spite of MrC saying they impede people trying to come in the door. Lol.

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  3. I love being able to make a wreath from things in the garden too, although I stick to holly, ivy and ivy flowers, but I love your cornucopia of different things - I especially like the simple willow wreath too (third one). I noticed wind blown silver birch twigs today and thought they might make a nice wretah so I might investigate that option while it is still fresh in my mind. Thanks for sharing, Alison

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    1. Silver birch twigs make a good wreath and are very pliable. I have one I made and kept and I've used it a couple of times. I just take of the dead bits and remake it. Look forward to seeing it soon.

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  4. I love all your wreaths, Alison, but the wild one on your own door is definitely the most dramatic. I saw a wreath at a local garden center made out of Leucadendron stems and thought I should replicate that but, for a variety of reasons, I haven't had the time. I'm currently wreath-less.

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    1. Thank you. Save the idea and do it one day! Some times it takes me months or years to get round to something.

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  5. Hi Alison, your own wreath is full of interest - I especially like the poppy seed heads so not to self to save next year. Your other wreaths are very nice too.

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    1. Thank you. I've made 7 today! I save all kinds of bits and pieces but soon run out of space to store them.

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  6. I love the messy, natural look of your door wreath! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. These are beautiful, Alison. A wonderful reflection of the late season garden around you.

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  8. Love your very natural looking wreath on your door. Hugs Mrs A.

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  9. Alison, your nontraditional wreath is a winner. Such rich textures and subtle shifts. Gorgeous.

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  10. Your own wreath is most subtle and pleasing to the eye Alison. I like the others too. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year! xxx

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