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Thursday, December 19, 2013


I made the wreath from fresh greens from New Hampshire (see blog post just below) and now want to add more natural decorations. I raid my stash, buried in a large plastic box in my NYC closet: okra pods and Devil's claw pods (aka cow catcher pods, unicorn plant pods) I grew on my flower and herb farm, still perfect after 15years; locust tree pods found on the streets of Manhattan; stiff neck garlic stems from Jen's NH garden, sorghum seed heads grown on my rooftop in NYC, one stray lotus pod and a dried papaya slice from god-knows-where; a couple of pine cones.
Materials which are completely dry will last for years, can be removed and saved as you would glass tree ornaments.
I tuck many of these elements among the green branches of the wreath as it lays on the table, along with a few small mandarin oranges from the market that add a zap of color. Notice a new candle in the center, lower and more subtle. Will I impress my book group coming for supper tonight to discuss Lowland?


Ellen Zachos said...

You make it look so easy.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

Other Ellen, I know that even you could plunk some dried stuff in and around an evergreen wreath that was lying on a table, no wiring needed.

BFF Nana said...

I certainly expect your book club was impressed. The arrangement is so lovely, seasonal without being in any way like to usual Christmas wreaths and decorations. I would love one for my New Year's Day party table. Care to stop by and do your magic?!

Ellen Spector Platt said...

sure, but only if you'd inv1te me to the party.

BFF Nana said...

You are most cordially invited!!

Dan said...

Beautiful ;)

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