An Easter Wreath
Who says a wreath is just for Christmas? I always enjoy making this festive decoration to hang on my front door but it seems a shame to take it down after the holidays end. So, this year I was determined to have a go at making a spring wreath in time for the Easter weekend.
I'd already potted up some Easter baskets with narcissi tête-à-tête and some lovely primula victoriana gold lace which I'd spotted at our local nursery - adding in some mini speckled eggs, pheasant and guinea fowl feathers and pine cones.
For my spring wreath I re-used the moss base from my Christmas wreath which I'd packed away in the potting shed. After a quick squirt of water to moisten it, I wrapped around some twigs (I used cotinus from some pruning as well as some lime twigs - but any bendy stems would work).
Then comes the fun bit, choosing what to add as your foliage. You'll be surprised at what you can find in your garden or in the hedgerows. I used rosemary, viburnum, ivy, wild hellebores, also known as stinking hellebore which isn't a particularly endearing name but it does have lovely lime green cup-shaped flowers that contrast nicely with darker green foliage. I also used some larch branches with cones as these are also quite flexible.
What I really wanted to try with this wreath was adding in some spring bulbs. For me the colour yellow is the one I associate most with Easter so it had to be daffodil or narcissi bulbs. I used dwarf narcissus tête-à-tête, so called because they always come in pairs (side-by-side or tête-à-tête).
The twigs that are wrapped around the wreath provide a good frame in which to slot the foliage under but you can also push it into the moss. But with the the bulbs, I actually attached them carefully with some florists' twine.
The last touch was the feathers. I can't go out on a walk now without scooping up feathers that I find on the ground - often helped by my dog, Lola, who can't resist picking up any stray feathers on her hedgerow foraging. I did consider a ribbon but it looked a bit fussy and I wanted to keep the wreath looking as natural as possible. So, here it is...I hope you like it. And Happy Easter!