From when I was a child, I’ve always loved gussying up the table for Christmas. Lots of candles are a must, in order to give that necessary festive twinkle, ideally placed at different heights (nightlights, low candlesticks, tall candelabras), to really make it sparkle. Nice table linen and glassware are important too. But the table arrangements really wave the magic Christmas wand, providing that all-important bit of theatre to memorably mark this special day of the year.
There was a time when I thought that this inevitably involved flowers. Not any more. Instead, I’ve learned that very beautiful, seasonal arrangements can be made from a thoughtful mix of twigs, berried branches, faded seedheads and evergreen foliage foraged from the garden and the hedgerow to create a mood that immediately says “Irish Christmas” in a way that no poinsettia ever will.
Once upon a time I thought that floral oasis, the green foam used by florists to hold arrangements in place, was also a given. But that was before someone explained to me that not only does this nonbiodegradable plastic product’s use comes with a heavy environmental price that contaminates soil and water and is a danger to human health, but that there are other, far more planet-friendly ways to keep stems in position.
As for suitable seasonal material, the very best way to choose this is by going for a nice Christmassy stroll through your garden or allotment
You can, for example, simply use some scrunched-up chicken wire squished in place at the base of the vase or container, where it will act as a sturdy, lightweight, reusable scaffold. Just slip the stems into the voids. Not only is this method far better for the environment, but it’s also much better for the longevity
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Red is an attention-grabbing color in the garden. Bold, loud, and bright. And it plays well with other colors as well – pair it with orange and yellow for a hot, exciting bed, or blues and purple to created a deep, rich, moody tone. Here are some of my favorite red blooms for the garden… what reds are you loving in your garden?
As the calendar turns to January, garden enthusiasts eagerly embrace the fresh start that the new year brings to their outdoor spaces. The garden calendar for January sets the tone for the months ahead, encouraging both novice and seasoned gardeners to embark on a journey of renewal and growth. In the midst of winter, the garden becomes a canvas for planning, preparing, and envisioning the lush beauty that will unfold in the coming seasons.
In terms of a review of the year as a whole, there is not a lot to say, with it being more a case of consolidation than of change, building on subtle changes made the year before, like moving snowdrops to the woodland, thinning the apple trees to introduce more light to the woodland edge border below, and extending the blue & white borders. Even the current project, despite the organised mayhem it has generated, will only bring about a subtle change to the garden. Within the garden as a whole, mixed weather patterns created uncertainty in flowering times but there were negligible losses from the previous cold winter and no problems with waterlogging during the last few rainy and unsettled months.
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