JOHN’S JOURNAL

How To Make Your Own Wreath

The art of hanging Christmas Wreaths on doorways dates back to Roman times and it is a tradition still carried out today by many, whether you buy a wreath or learn how to make one it’s a true sign that Christmas must be just around the corner.

At the nursery we have hosted many wreath making workshops this year and it’s a great skill to learn, at Holden Clough we always stand by the traditional method of using a mossed ring as a base as this helps your wreath last well into the new year. So let’s have a look at how to make your own!

The first thing to do is to collect some greenery, Holly and Fir are the two most commonly used bases but you can use a host of other evergreen shrubs, Pine, Viburnum, Elaeagnus are also all suitable and you can also mix these in. Then look for highlights from winter flower plants or branches with berries, there’s also a whole host of plants which can be dried and also included like Hydrangeas and Eryngiums, Allium seed heads also work well. Then you need a good set of secateurs or florist snips, a wire ring to start with and then some florist wire and some ribbon or string for the hanger and finally some sphagnum moss to make the base.

Start with your wire ring and then clump the moss around it and continually wrap the florist wire around; trapping in the moss and making a full circle. Then trim your greenery into short lengths and begin threading it through the wire, make sure to fan it out in all directions leaving the back of the ring bare. Then you begin to thread in either posies or highlights of flowers and seed heads, these can go in after the greenery or you can also add these in individually during the greenery stage, twigs and stems also look great, twisted hazel or willow gives a lovely whimsical feel.

You will soon establish a top and bottom to your wreath now and make sure to fill in any bare patches, then finishing touches like feathers can also be added in and then if you fancy you can also add a ribbon bow either at the top or the bottom, and there you have it! You can also give your wreath a good soak before it goes up on your door and when done properly it will last for several weeks, it doesn’t have the same stresses as a Christmas tree with it being hung outdoors and it’s the perfect way to dress your door ready for Christmas.

At the nursery this weekend we are hosting our final Christmas Market named ‘Mistletoe’ and we’re lucky enough to have some very Christmassy weather to! With it starting on Friday it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a very magical Holden Clough along with giving you a chance for any last minute Christmas shopping so we hope to see you there!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Here you can send in and find out the answers to those gardening problems?

 

How are clamped wreaths different from mossed?

Clamping is a very quick way of making a wreath but it does leave all the greenery without any base support from any moss, without the moss the greenery dries out a lot more quickly but they are still good, it’s always worth taking the extra time and effort to do it properly.

 

Can you forage wreath making foliage?

It’s always advisable to ask the landowners permission when foraging from neighbouring fields and land but it’s also surprising how much is in your own garden! Branches, twigs, berries, cones and seed heads all come in very handy and help make yours extra special and unique.

 

Can I use a willow base as a ring?

Yes you can either buy willow woven rings or you can make your own during the season, you then thread in greenery and don’t forget you can also create wreaths for different seasons, Hydrangea flowers make the most delightful Autumn wreaths and in the Spring it can be filled with Spring foliage and flowers.

Jobs for the weekend

Grit paths

You’ve got to keep on top of it as the salt soaks into the surface between the ice thawing then preventing it from freezing over

 

Make a wreath

It’s the perfect time to get your door dressed ready for Christmas and if you haven’t done one before, follow a few simple steps and you will surprise yourself

 

Top up bird feeders

Don’t forget about our feathered friends during colder spells as they need their food and water just as much as we do

 

Break any ice on ponds and birdbaths

It helps wildlife move in and out of the ponds so they don’t suffocate and it also gives the birds water to drink

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Amaryllis

The perfect indoor flowering plant with their long stems bearing trumpet shaped flowers. Available in red, pink or white they look delightful in the home on a windowsill or on a table, after they flower look after them as they can flower up-to 3 times per year.