Armed with my Orla Kiely secateurs and a pair of gumboots, I went for a walk in the forrest near our home over the weekend to cut some branches and make my first wreath of the season.
In just half an hour, I was delighted with the amount of green beauties I managed to find, so I decided to make my first wreath, using only things I had cut myself as a celebration of what Nature has to offer, rather than things bought from the Florist.As you may have seen on Instagram stories on Saturday, it was a messy but fairly easy job and I was pleased with the result. However, between taking Mila‘s to her skate and surf lessons and our wounded chicken to the vet, I totally forgot how warm our home is and since then, my beautiful Forrest wreath has dropped a lots of needles.
It is now obvious that it’s not going to last until Christmas so I will make a new one on my return from London.
In the meantime, if you haven’t started your Christmas wreath yet or were planning a trip to the forrest like me, here are a few useful tips to make your Christmas wreath last longer.
Christmas wreath-making TIP #1: If you’re not ready to make your wreath once you’ve cut or bought your evergreens, put them in a vase or a bucket with water and store them in a cool place. Evergreens will deteriorate more rapidly in warm temperatures.
Christmas wreath-making TIP #2: If you hang your wreath indoors, keep it away from direct sunlight or heat sources and mist it on a regular basis (I thoroughly cleaned a plastic spray that used to have bathroom cleaning product in it and spray my plants with water regularly).
Christmas wreath-making TIP #3: Choose evergreens that last a long time. I cut some Holly in the forest that still look very fresh and I’m keeping it for my next wreath but here is a list of evergreens known to last a long time:
- Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
- Cypress (Cupressus)
- Balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
- Fraser fir (A. fraser)
- Noble fir (A. procera)
- White fir (A. concolor)
- Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
- Boxwood (Buxus)
- Olive tree
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