We had a couple of inches of snow the other day — actually, a combination of ice pellets, rain and snow. Breaking up and removing the resulting ice crust from the sidewalk reminded me of serious snow shovelling when I lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (where winters are serious).
That inspired me to remove the autumn wreath I had put together for Halloween and assemble some Christmas type greenery.
Everything is natural and from my garden, except the sparkly silver fake poinsettia thing. Otherwise: English holly, western red cedar, English ivy, variegated ivy, Senecio “Sunshine” foliage, Clematis vitalba seedheads and a sprig of rosemary. Old items included for sentimental/superstitious reasons: brown maple leaf from the autumn wreath, old dried rosehips and a peony seed pod (sans seeds). Everything is jammed into a base of Clematis armandii stems held together with garden twine. I’ve been using it for years.
Because there is no moisture-holding material such as moss, I don’t expect this creation to stay fresh until the new year, but I can always replace and refresh withering stuff if I feel like it.
*DIM = did it myself