Throughout the winter months nature goes on providing us with inspiration of all kinds. There is nothing more beautiful than a woodland walk to raise the spirits during the short hours of daylight that winter allows us to be outside. The woodland also provided me with lots of inspiration for Christmas decorations, making the home feel festive. I always carry a bag to bring back bits found along the way.. Using my findings to decorate continues to inspire on the days that don’t allow physical connection with the woodland as modern day working life pushes us to connect more with the internet!
As we prepare for Christmas in a frenzy let’s not forget to add Christmas cheer to our gardens and patios which deserve to be loved all year round. Decorating outside with seasonal plants not only continues to bring the outside in during the festive season it also guarantees you that the glamour will remain long after the last Christmas chocolate has been scoffed. Extend the “look ” by decorating with seasonal plants indoors as well. Planted pots will last longer than any cut stems, keeping your spirits high until the delight of all delights appear – the first blooming spring bulbs – heralding the re-birth of another year of non stop blooms in the garden. Remember gardens are not just for Summer! There is something for every season and there is nothing prettier than a winter plant inspired patio or porch. It is the festive season after all – pump it up.
The bright orange berries of the solanum – nature’s answer to christmas baubles – hanging outside in these lovely christmassy pots help extend the festive feel to the garden
Nature adding it’s own seasonal decorative touch to the bay tree last week when the siberian winds headed this way bringing with them a frost like none other seen in a long time. It certainly looked like Jack Frost had been busy the night before!
Nature sprinkles the bay tree with a seasonal dusting of frost
Frosty Cobwebs – only nature could produce something as beautiful as this
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter………….
For the days when Jack Frost fails to deliver plant up some seasonal cyclamen – they give a lovely wintry feel here planted under the potted bay.
Cyclamen planted under a potted bay tree
The magic of nature – fuschia bells chiming. Unusual for this time of year and adding a great seasonal touch to the garden with colour and structure
One of the many reasons I am always late for work!
White Heather – still in bloom, taking a little piece of the season outside to create a festive feel inside
Forage anything you can find and decorate – holly, ivy, fir trees are all abundant and blooming this time of year
Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly
Fa la la la la, la la la la
The Holly and The Ivy
Glitz up the Garden, add some baubles to a potted plant ,
’tis the season to be jolly
Baubled up bay tree
Baubles hanging from a pot of ivy
decorated lemon tree
Pussy Willow and baubles
Collect Twigs and seeds heads from the garden – sprayed with silver they make a glittering, natural display
The glittering twigs remind me of stags antlers (well then I do have a vivid imagination!)