Did you know that a florist normally starts thinking about Christmas Wreaths in around September? These mossy circles hold a really special place in my heart, as I experienced my first taste of floristry by making one of these in a dusty classroom somewhere in Portsmouth.
I remember the earthy scent of the moss, the strangely soft mossy stuff in my hands reminding me of childhood walks on Dartmoor. There’s something about the bouncy texture of the moss that feels so natural but the rusty green faded tones seem so in keeping with the season. Wrapped up with wire or raffia this stuff makes the perfect living water source to feed all that scented seasonal foliage, and believe it or not if you keep your moss nice and moist it will stay living until it’s time to make a Spring Wreath.
People have been hanging circles and door rings on their doors to celebrate Christmas for years. They signify the circle of life and welcome the Spirit of Christmas to your home. When I make my wreaths, I tend to weave foliage in a circle or clock shape so I guess time and the seasons are all interlinked. I always choose combinations of Pine, a scented Rosemary, Pistache and Eucalyptus. I tend not to add baubles (much to the shock of some!) I like to let the natural ingredients like crab apples, Pepperberries, or things like dried apples, oranges and lemons which are smell delicious. And Ribbon. The all-important bow wraps up the design!
Making a Christmas Wreath is a bit of a labour of love, at this time of year, the workshop is freezing. Gloves and wrist warmers are worn, and my nails are broken. The sap of the pine and eucalyptus takes days to scrub out. But it’s worth it, to see those circles of joy hanging on people’s doors, proudly welcoming you home into the warm. I love it when my lovely clients tag me on social media and sent me pictures of their wreaths.
Thanks for reading as always, with lots of festive cheer!