THE WONDERS OF HONEYSUCKLE DISCOVER ITS MANY USES FOR HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS
A walk around the property yields plenty of natural material for decorating. Honeysuckle vine is a wonderful resource for making wreath bases. Its smooth texture and delicate leaves are perfect for harvesting almost anytime of year, making it an ideal material for use in any season.
TIPS FOR GATHERING HONEYSUCKLE VINES
Test the vine's flexibility by twisting it around your wrist be for cutting it. If it breaks or crumbles find a more resilient one. Honeysuckle is very resilient and is a wonderful vine for novice wreath makers.
Try to pick longer "runners" 3 to 4 feet long. This makes them easier to wrap into forms.
Sometimes I remove the leaves for the vines before wrapping them- it's a matter of preference.
Conform the vine into the form you desire then let it dry to keep its shape.
This rustic sphere is the perfect winter arrangement to hang on the shepherds hooks used for hanging planters during the summer. This simple design requires several long Honeysuckle runners, Arborvitae greens, and Barberry sprigs.
December is an unusual month for planting bulbs, but I couldn't resist purchasing these discounted treasures from the bargain shelf. There is still time to tuck them in before the soil succumbs to freezing temperatures, so I decided to plant them this morning. I hurried outside in the crisp early hours to bury my nuggets. They now have a home in the flower box attached to the pergola. March will be a symphony of bright welcoming color- my anticipation of Spring is already greater than Christmas! See if you can find a few bulbs this December. They're the gift that keeps on giving!
FUN DAFFODIL FACTS
Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for Daffodil
The Victorians thought daffodils acted as a symbol of regard.
Prince Charles, from the British Royal Family, is annually given one daffodil as a form of rent for property on the Isles of Scilly.
Daffodil bulbs contain a substance called galanthine, which has medicinal properties used for Alzheimer treatments.
You can find a wealth of materials and creative inspiration right outside your backdoor by utilizing the techniques of gathering and wildcrafting. This journal showcases practices for crafting from the land. Feel free to comment and share your wildcrafting experiences.