The last session for 2020. Whilst Covid has been and continues to be appalling, frightening and dreadful, it always helps to try and concentrate on the good stuff. This year, we have participated in Zoom meetings – even in break-out rooms, for goodness sake. We have done our lessons and homework. We’ve made films of our gardens to share with others. We’ve converted a reluctant few to the wonderful world of houseplants. All-in-all, pretty good.
So now, with Christmas approaching, the Holly looks jolly
and the Ivy looks lively
Split into (teeny tiny) groups, a few of us met (outside and socially distanced) at Garden House and enjoyed some festive activities … as well as the dreaded traditional quiz. Some really entered into the Christmas spirit
Others looked on and could only be impressed
A chilly day, but plenty of warmth from fire pits and ovens
and from the general joie de vivre and camaraderie
Even the pots were cosily wrapped up
Some plants seem to be naturally aflame at this time of year
On with the practical stuff. Various activities were available, together with a wide range of natural materials
Evergreens, eversilvers, everblues, evergreys, eversolovely
One possibility was to decorate a jar for a table centrepiece. Using the phenomenon that is double-sided tape (it’s miraculous), stick pieces of Rosemary around the circumference of the jar. Then fill the aromatic container with your choice of wintery delights. Maybe add a candle?
Another option was to make a wreath
First, gather together a range of garden materials and a wire ring
Wrap lengths of evergreen generously around the ring
Now make up a small bouquet of plant material. A twist of floral wire will keep it together. Excellent. Now make another four. Or more.
Attach them to the wreath
Looking good. How about a few dried Allium heads?
Titivate until perfection is achieved
I sense a business opportunity coming on
Of course, there’s always someone who takes their decorating just a little too far…
For example, here we see a bad case of tinsellitis
Meanwhile, at the back of a border at Garden House, life is moving on…
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a most floriferous 2021