Christmas 2018

It may seem funny to write about Christmas in February, but it is actually nice to go back and reflect. I had assumed that after November, things would quiet down and I would be left with loads of free time. I am thankful to report of the opposite being true! December was one of my busiest months yet and I LOVED IT.

What was really exciting was the variety of projects I got to work on, the first being a holiday bloggers lunch at The Pointer in Brill…

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I loved making the giant wreath for the window (turns out I love wreaths) and the smaller version for the place settings made from willow and dried flowers. The centre piece I wanted to make sure was bold and beautiful but low enough and small enough to enable conversations and food to be shared.

I also had the great pleasure of decorating The Hundred of Ashendon for the holidays. A favourite local of mine I wanted to make sure I I made the displays striking but also very natural.

I love the swags I did for The Hundred of Ashendon

I love the swags I did for The Hundred of Ashendon

I also ran four wreath workshops this year and they were all amazing. I love Christmas and spreading the Christmas cheer and it was so amazing to help people get creative and think about wreaths differently. Using lots of flowers grown on the farm and dried, I tried also to incorporate lots of different greenery to make every wreath special and unique. Each one of these made me massively happy and I hope it made the participants happy as well.

Just a few of the wreaths created during our winter workshops

Just a few of the wreaths created during our winter workshops

And then there were all the made to order wreaths! I’m not going to lie, I love making a wreath, I really do. Each one takes about an hour and each one is made special for the person who ordered it. No two were the same.

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So yes, February is a strange time to talk about Christmas but it is also really good to look back to see everything that was accomplished. Things are finally a little quieter here but I can’t wait for it to get busy again, which won’t be long. Seeds need to be sown and that flower field isn’t going to expand itself!

2018 Can it almost be over?

Whoops-Did it again. Too long between blog posts. Its life. It gets in the way and there is never enough time.

But today I am making time. You see my season is coming to an end, and I thought this was a good time to make a review in photos. So I put together pictures of my flower field this growing season, and again it almost made me cry. What a year!

Winter was very long to end and it has come back rather too soon. Although unseasonable warm today we suffered frosts at the end of September, ending my dahlia season about a month before I expected to. The flowers are all coming to an end and now I am digging them up, covering them over, and expanding. It is quite exciting really. And I love the physicality of it. But I am sad to see it end.

But then I remember, I still have WREATHS and I love a good wreath. I have really enjoyed crafting my own willow bases and and can’t wait for our wreath workshops in December. Not to mention making custom made wreaths for all of you. So yes, it is the end of the season, but not really. January, then I can rest.