Cathy at Rambling in the Garden has created another vase that defies the season, by giving us more beautiful rose buds, while I am embracing Christmas.I have been looking at YouTube for some different ideas for Christmas arrangements. I can tell you there are thousands of videos out there some with fantastic ideas, others not so much!
Last year I covered the whole of my sideboard with foliage arrangements with candles and while I loved the exuberant effect it did mean that there was no-where to actually put anything except for the table. I wanted to create something eye catching and exciting but that I could still put boxes of chocolates, fruit and other things I didn’t actually want on the table underneath the arrangement without detracting from it too much.
I had originally thought that I might fill the vase with fir cones but when I saw the long, berry-covered stems of Cotoneaster I thought that would look more elegant and interesting inside the vase.
The vase is a tall cylinder (about 90 cm) recently purchased from Ikea. I uses my pebbles in the base and placed a stem each of Cotoneaster and Cyprus into the vase.
In this image you can see the glass dish I taped to the top of the vase. It was then filled with Oasis.
I found the Christmas tree cones in a garden where for many years the Christmas trees had been planted out after the festivities; They are now full grown trees. Very ugly but producing beautiful cones.
No one guessed that I had used Melia berries sprayed silver in the Advent crown last week.
Are you getting into the mood for Christmas by making decorations?