Before Thanksgiving, I read about a designer who took a hollowed-out log and filled it with flowers for his Christmas table. Well proportioned, hollowed-out logs being in short supply in my woods, I considered this ‘log’ at a wholesaler in NYC. I believe it is some kind of fungus, not a log at all, plus fairly expensive.
Back in my woods there were a lot of pieces of bark with or without lichen and even bugs! Even if you don’t see them, the heat may wake them up. First remember to put the bark in a warmish, out of the way place to make sure it is bug-free. I chose pieces of bark and hot-glued them to a large aluminum foil loaf pan. Cutting out the sides allows me to place the plant material horizontally at the ends.
Last Christmas we did ‘Lichen Logs’ (‘Home for the Holidays” Archives, December 2012), so for this year I envisioned silvery logs. A nickel colored spray from the auto store helped me create a warm tone.
For its first outing after Thanksgiving, the log was place on a silver runner. The plant materials were kept soft and serene: silver dollar seeded eucalyptus, brunia, holiday greenery including cypress, arborvitae plus new (to me) ‘rice flower’ – Pimelea brachyphylla.
Today, its for the birds!…adorable papier-mache birds from the MFA in Boston. The flowers are from the supermarket. White lilies, mums –green and white – with ferns, seeded eucalyptus and large leaf ruscus. Needless to say this container can go on and on in many colors with many flowers.