Decorating from the garden

Planning a party? Thinking about decorations and table centres? Wondering what the budget should be for flowers? Have a look outside! Gardens have a lot to offer for year round original decorating ideas.

Depending upon the season, there are many free sources of valuable stems for arrangements in the home. You should have enough for inspiration throughout the year. Whenever we have friends or family arriving, the boots go on and we start picking!

Trees coming into bud, the maple flowering, winter berries, christmas holly, summer flowers, fruit stems in autumn, fir cones, painted crab apples, dried poppy heads. You can not get a fresher or more original arrangement than from the fields or garden outside.

Autumn: Long branches of golden leaves can fill a pretty urn to make a fine autumnal display. Scatter a selection of golden leaves down the centre of a long table with a good tablecloth as a backdrop.

Winter: Sprigs of holly with red berries, mistletoe, an arranged pile of fir cones. Hawthorn branches with berries crisscrossed on the table. Eucalyptus and fir placed across the mantlepiece.

Spring: The trees are coming into bud, the maple is flowering, all of these make great displays of vibrant colour and interest.

Summer: There's no end to ideas in the summer! Flowers grown for cutting, table centers of fruit piled high, jugs filled with cow parsley....

Collect old pots, jugs and jam jars to fill throughout the year. It doesn't matter if they are slightly cracked, chipped or crazed, the display will hide these little defects, although some may say they are characterful and charming!


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