Wreath making, day 2. after watching a tutorial on youtube i ventured down to the freezing cold greenhouse where, fortified by a flask of coffee with a nip of jack daniels to get me into the spirit of christmas, i made my wreath. i’ve learnt that it’s best to make up small mixed bunches of leaves and flowers first to attach to the base, so that’s what i’ve done here using stems of conifer, ivy ‘goldheart’ and deep red hydrangea flowerheads from the garden.
My birch tree woodlet in the winter light yesterday afternoon. i’m now wondering if these trees might be betula ermanii, the swedish birch, as the trunks have a definite pink tone. i must investigate further.
Filthy weather outside today so i’m sheltering in the greenhouse - here is another favourite bit of my top shelf in here. every item has memories attached, and so are a bit of a distraction when l need to decide what needs doing first outside when the lashing rain has stopped.
Messing about this morning with the mistletoe i purchased at petworth house yesterday. the berries look like pearls in this shell, where i’ll keep them on the windowsill of my shed until late february. then i’ll rehydrate them before removing the seeds and sticking them onto young branches of my apple and hawthorn trees. berries for propagating should really be harvested in february for best results but it’s worth a try. more detailed information at www.mistletoe.org.uk.
To petworth house today with special gardening friend @rebekahpanayides and another who is yet to discover the joys of instagram and so shall remain anonymous! we enjoyed this lovely walk up to the house - beautiful trees and mistletoe everywhere.