Greenery conditioning prior to use
The Wake Forest Garden Club invited me to speak at their December meeting about decorating for the holidays. That was my only charge. I got to talk about anything on the subject, so I choose to base the topic on what was typically growing in our southern backyards.
Being a gardener, this will always be my bent. I’m not a florist. Using what is available in the garden rocks my world.
Walking around your garden, the neighborhood, or when visiting with friends, note the greenery, sticks, berries, pods and cones. With a little guidance, snips from these sources will decorate your home in no time.
Chamaecyparis ‘Golden Mop’
Cryptomeria ‘Green Dragon ’
Holly – Nellie R. Stevens, Savannah, Winterberry
Hydrangea heads, dried
Juniper especially with Berries
Red and Yellow Twig Dogwood
White Pine/needles and cones
Plus Cones, pods, seeds heads and Christmas tree cuttings
For the folks in Wake Forest, I made several arrangements
using very little variety. Yet, they were all different and
unique. Add in a little spray paint and what can be found
at the grocery store, and your designs can be complete
without ever tieing a bow.
Most of these types of decorations can be made with six
pieces or less.
- A base form or chicken wire formed to use as a floral frog.
- 1 – 3 Greenery
The boxwood topiary uses clippings from an English boxwood and cranberries from the grocery store.
The birdbath uses ‘Winter Red’ holly, magnolia, Leyland, and Fraiser fur.
Painted magnolia in a hose pot
Painted magnolia detail
The hose pot uses painted magnolia, unpainted magnolia, and Leyland.
So you see, little is needed to create awesome Christmas decorations. My next post will give step-by-steps instructions for creating each of these three designs
Shelia and others from the Wake Forest garden club, thank you for having me.
Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™
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Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum