It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Dusty miller tree forestOn the Main Line outside of Philadelphia, The Nominator and The Jeweler had two workshops to make wonderful Christmas designs that they have kindly shared with us.   These Christmas trees with their pearl pins are made from dusty miller and on the right, perhaps eucalyptus.  What a charming forest they make!

Christmas greeneryThe next week they designed these wonderful raised designs.  In the words of The Nominator:  “Attached are the fruits of our labor.  Best part: 95% of this came from our back yards…some of it came for free – all we had to do was put our lives in our hands and crawl on our hands and knees on the ice to trash pick at our local lumber yard after a snow storm (GCA ladies will not be stopped in their pursuit of free stuff).”

Log underpinning“We drilled holes in the lumber, secured the red twig with various kinds of glue and created a structure to hold the oasis.”  

Gold and greens“We used cryptomeria, nandina, locust pods, photinia, fungus, lotus pods, arborvitae, aucuba, cedar & white pine…it should last the whole season.”

Christmas crescent“So much fun to do this with friends!”

Dan Raymond HOuse, Sheffield MABack in Massachusetts, The Dan Raymond House was the setting for the Christmas party of the Sheffield Historical Society.

Dan Raymond door wreathThe Editor, who is also the First Lady of the SHS, created handsome decorations to create a memorable setting for the festivities.

Keeping room wreath In the keeping room, another wreath glowed in the firelight.

Parlor room treeIn the front parlor, a lavishly bedecked tree is surrounded by antique toys.  Thanks everyone for sharing!!  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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4 Responses to It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

  1. Lisa Gerard says:

    LOVED the Dusty Miller trees idea and will definitely do it next year. I have a zillion pearl pins from doing Wendy Serrell’s beaded gumdrop trees annually.
    Lisa Gerard

  2. Leslie Purple says:

    So much fun to see everyone’s work! Love the Christmas tree!

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