Bringing the garden indoors
Bringing foliage, berries, cones and seed heads indoors from the forest and garden is a tradition which sometimes gets forgotten amidst the flashing, multi-coloured lights, revolving (revolting?) Santas, talking reindeer and other “bling” which so-called Garden Centres seem to wish upon us.
Not at Nant-y-Bedd.
I like to trim our own holly trees just before Christmas to provide sprigs for a traditional holly wreath – cotoneaster berries this year as the birds have stripped the holly before I got there.
The trimmings from the bottom of the (Grand Fir or Noble Fir, as they don’t drop their needles) Christmas Tree get recycled into a swag which hangs above the mirror in the sitting room.
And I always select a lichen and moss covered twig from Jeddah’s tree (so-called because my dog is buried beneath it), a Field Maple, to hang over the fireplace.
Seed heads are allowed to stand over winter in the garden to provide some structure and interest, as well as sustenance for the birds. Some get bashed down by the wind, rain and snow and are harvested for both seed and for indoor decoration.
Some gardeners feel the need to adorn their Christmas windowsills with early flowering spring bulbs – narcissus Paperwhite and Hyacinths – but I prefer to leave that until the short, dark days of January, when I’m glad to be reminded that Spring isn’t far away.
Christmas for me is enjoying candlelight and crackling log fires with the cedar / pine aroma of a real Christmas tree.
Add to that home-made tree decorations and it is more “hygge” than “bling”.