I went picking some greenery to make a wreath and flower piece this afternoon, close by there is a boreen ( Irish word for a little pathway with lots of greenery), and during the year I saw lots of ivy growing there, some of which won’t be damaged by a little pruning, so I set out to cut some and bring it in for decoration. There was ivy with lots of the most beautiful berries, some quite dark and bright green. There was also quite a bit of gorse in flower, these bright yellow flowers are usually open end of January but already they are fully in bloom. Then I spotted some of the last Hawthorn berries, the birds have so much food in this mild winter that there are many berries left for them. The beautiful red berries stand out lovely against the dark green of the foliage. At home I raided some of our cotoneaster hedge very profuse with fruits this year, and I picked some ivy and hollyΒ from along the hedges.

I know that I am too late to make an advent wreath which is what I normally would do but that is for the four Sundays before Christmas, so I will just make a wreath for the front door, and a piece for the dining room table. Candles and greenery do make it for me around this time of the year, and pine cones!

Tomorrow is mid-winter and the days will start to lengthen, this winter more than most has been very dark, we will all welcome the light again.


26 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS GREENERY

  1. Funny how it’s been mild but dark – all the rain clouds, I guess. Anyway, on this shortest day, it is sunny at the moment and we’re off across the North Sea on a mini cruise to Bruges later on….

    Your wreaths look lovely. My daughter made ours this year – a friend foraged for dogwood and thornless holly (didn’t know the latter existed until then).

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    1. How wonderful you are going to visit Brugge in my homeland, it is very beautiful, enjoy. It’s my partners birthday today, he is 76 so I am going to be busy with cooking him a nice meal πŸ™‚ Have a lovely day Helen.


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