Early morning and wisps of river fog creep across the fields. The brilliant summer sky pales into autumn. In the garden the hydrangeas change colour. Vintage verdigris. Bruised blues and purples. Faded lavenders and pinks. It is now when the hydrangea blossoms take on the rich colours of a renaissance painting I gather them by the armful. They dry beautifully. Tucked away from the light they wait to play the part in the familiar rituals of Christmas decorating.
This Christmas will be unlike any other. This year I planned something completely different from my traditional decorative wreath. I wanted to take the beautiful days of summer and hang them on our front door. This year these summer memories will adorn our home far into the new year.
These wreaths are wondrously easy to make. You need a vine wreath. A vine wreath is important as the tangle of vines allows you to easily poke the hydrangea stems into place. The stems of the flowers cut around 6 inches. A generous armful of flower and a few sprigs of cedar or fir boughs and ribbon is all you require. No glue or wire required to fasten the flowers.
For a lush, generous wreath tuck the blooms into the sides of the wreath and then on the top. Intersperse them with the green cedar boughs. It doesn’t have to be perfect. There is no right or wrong way to arrange your flowers.
You can hang the wreath plain and unadorned. But the colours of the wire ribbon are an elegant touch. It takes about an hour to make a wreath. I always make two wreaths at Christmas. One for our door and one for my friend and neighbour.
Stay safe dear friends – wherever you are.