It all began with Pinterest last spring, when I was putting together boards to represent the four seasons!
That's when I discovered that hanging a decorated wreath on our front doors isn't restricted to Christmas-time. This discovery fired my imagination so much that I wanted to drop everything and make a spring wreath straight away.
But where to get the base? Naturally, I did a google search for sources of bases - which led me to a website with lovely clear instructions for making my own and I plunged right in!
You'll find more about my Spring Wreath
and a link to the 'Modern Country' blog
where I found the instructions
In the summer I didn't have time to make another wreath base from scratch so I cheated and filled a pretty heart-shaped wire basket with (artificial) summer
But with my honeysuckle hedge growing like a triffid this summer, sending out such long shoots that it's barely possible to get past it to refill my bird feeder, I was determined to take advantage of the fresher stems to make the base for my autumn wreath!
|The honeysuckle threatening to strangle the climbing roses!|
I somehow still didn't get around to having my wreath all ready in time for thefirst day of autumn. But we were still having unusually summery weather so my
poppies, daisies and cornflowers didn't seem too out of place.
I finally found some time to cut back the honeysuckle last Sunday afternoon and the sun was still so warm in my garden that I decided to use the stems I cut off to make the wreath base outside in my garden, to save the mess in my kitchen. And all that bending and trimming the stems can result in quite a mess, especially if you haven't removed the leaves and berries!
During the week, I've begged or bought all sorts of bits and pieces for my Autumn Wreath and found some more in the park.
A word of warning if you think of making something like this: try to use flowers
with stems that are thin enough to slot into the wreath base - or at least thin
enough to cut easily. I bought some lovely sprays of berries and so on from the local florist but the stems were far too long and almost too thick to cut. So I ended up having to use wire to keep them in place; not a disaster but not ideal either.
In most matters of design, I tend to prefer 'balance' to 'symmetry' because it's usually less formal; and I just followed my instinct when I created my Spring Wreath.
But I thought it would be good to make a change and try to create a symmetrical Autumn Wreath - funny how that strong instinct of mine took over and I ended up with 'balance' again!
So here it is, finally finished and hung on the door, just as the weather has finally turned chilly and damp, much more autumnal -
|The seed-heads on the left are Granny's Bonnets (Aquilegia) from|
my garden, the beech-masts and cone are from the park and
the dark seed heads at the top are from a neighbour's garden,
Rudbeckia, or something like that, I think.
I'm not usually very enthusiastic about our British habit of frequently importingideas from the other side of the pond. Maybe I'm old-fashioned but I don't like the idea that 'globalisation' can blur the (positive) differences between countries and their cultures too completely.
But the idea of a seasonal door wreath is one idea I'll happily borrow from our American friends and I'd love to see the idea spread over here too!
My front door isn't easily visible from the pavement so the best way to promote the idea is through my blog.
So - all you clever and crafty Brits,
what are you waiting for?