When you plant something in the ground, feed and water it and tend to it over the seasons, you develop a relationship with that plant/flower/tree.
Then, when you bring a piece of it inside, just glancing at it can transport you back to early spring mornings with a cup of tea and dew on your feet, or late, warm summer evenings, watering the garden, drinking wine or maybe just where you were when you first had the idea of the plant in that space. When you are a gardener, you have a relationship with your plants, and mostly its positive.
The Mahonia in this festive wreath is one of the plants left from the garden before. Fred and Lilian, the people who lived in our 1950s semi before us, were gardeners. When my husband moved into the house the garden was overgrown but over the years that have followed we have shaped it again into our garden. It is however the framework of plants and shrubs that Fred and Lilian left behind that gives our garden its back bone, a feeling of being enclosed, and a sense of maturity. By being gardeners, they have gifted us many well developed trees and shrubs, that the garden thrives. Those trees and shrubs provide a home for nesting birds, privacy for us and shelter for wildlife all year round.
The Mahonia in the wreath makes me feel thankful to them, that one day many years ago, they had the foresight to want to plant something that provides so much colour, joy and light in the middle of darkest Winter.
So it is with this spirit I wanted to create this wreath. It is a celebration of everything that has come before and it is a thank you for what we have been given. I do my best every day not to spoil it, and to help it grow.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas x