How to make a Christmas wreath for your front door
Most of us have had a mild winter so far and an unusual lack of gales, so our gardens are fuller than in an average year.
This is an ideal opportunity to make a Christmas wreath for your front door.
At Perch Hill we still have brilliant pink spindle berries in perfect nick in the hedgerows and plump rosehips and hawthorn berries. In the garden we have find pandora jewelry nice looking agapanthus and actea seed heads still green and orange Chinese lanterns. Hydrangeas (including the elegant seed heads of Hydrangea petiolaris) are all looking good, as are intact grasses, catkins and orange berried Iris foetidissima. Harvest a generous trugful of whatever you can find.
1 Divide what you've harvested into two groups, a strong, zappy collection of three or four plants and a calmer group of two or three to use as filler.
2 Do you have enough colourful stuff to make the wreath punchy? If not, buy some limes, chillies or mini Spartan apples to fill out your home grown harvest.
3 To make the wreath, you'll need a wire base and some moss.
4 The first step is to pad out the wire circle pandora charms granddaughter with the moss. Lay an even and generous layer all round the frame. Wire this on to the frame with florists' wire (thin wire on a spool), binding it quite tightly. Aim for the padding pandora bracelet official site to be about 3in (7.5cm) across. Don't get much wider than this or it will look too heavy.
5 Add a loop of wire with which to hang up the finished wreath and mark this by tying on a piece of string. It's easy to lose the loop without this string marker when the whole thing is completed.
6 The next step is to cover the moss with silver birch, cornus twigs or some sprigs of rosemary anything pliable and twiggy you have in the garden. They help create a more generous look and strengthen the frame. Push the stem ends in hard so that they jam into the moss and then, every so often, bind them in a curve on to the base with wire.
A finished wreath, using bunches of chillis and limes.
7 Now start to add your trugful of things, beginning with the stronger, more dramatic coloured group at three, six and nine o'clock in a sort of triangle around the ring (see chillies and limes, above). If they have stems, just poke them into the base and then wire them if you don't think they're sufficiently secure.
8 If they don't have good stems, as with apples, chillies and limes, you'll need to create these. Push a length of strong stub wire about a third of the way up the fruit, in and straight out the other side. pandora beads online Bend the first end down to where the stem would be, leaving this long. Then bend the other end down and on to the first and twist them around each other. Add all the wired items to the base, poking the wire through and then bending it round the frame to secure.
9 Finally, fill in the areas between the punchy zones with a lighter mix of seedpods and leaves.
Keep going until you have covered the base.
10 If the moss dries out, rehydrate it by floating the wreath in a sink of water for half an hour every week or so. It will last at least a month if kept cool, hanging outside.
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