I returned home a few days ago from a six week work trip. Never before have I been soooo excited to get home and start Christmas!
Obviously after arriving home from so long away, there are endless jobs awaiting their catch up…. One of them was my overgrown garden. After giving my rosemary bush a rather large prune, I was looking at the pile of beautiful cuttings thinking how sad it would be to have to throw all this fresh rosemary away. That’s when I had a wonderful idea! Make my very own Christmas Wreath!
Firstly I started bunching the rosemary so it all ran the same way. I staggered it a little so neither the stems or the tips are aligned. Once it had reached my desired thickness, I wrapped a fine piece of wire around the bunch. I secured it by twisting with pliers before tucking the ends into the bunch. Once this was secured, I adedd more rosemary to one end of the bunch following the original principle or letting neither the stems or the tips align. I secured it again with more wire about 10 cm along from the first piece of wire. I continued these steps until my bunch was the required length to form the circle of my wreath. Then I wrapped it in a circle and secured with my hand. I tucked the stems and tips into each other to join. Using some small cutoffs, I added around the outside of the bunch to hide the tucked in stems and tips. Then I secured the last piece of wire around where I was holding the wreath together. All that was left to do then was to decorate!
I chose to decorate mine with a simple red and white gingham ribbon. You could use flowers, holly, pine cones, Christmas ornaments, raffia, hessian or what ever your heart desires.
Other beautiful ideas for a Christmas wreath would be to make it out of lavender, daisies, roses or any fragrant herb you desire.
A beautiful way to enjoy the wonderful scents of your garden whilst celebrating this special Yuletide season…