Here in the Berkshires there are some wreaths that don’t like to go outside … They may be right at home in Florida or Hawaii but brrr, too cold here. The insides of front doors, especially in New England where they are seldom used, are a beautiful blank canvas for these wreaths. Alternatively they can be used as a centerpiece or to surround a glass hurricane holder.
I have been extolling and making lemon leaf wreaths for a long time – some might say too long? They are easy and fun and can be trimmed in many ways. As they are indoors, I love to use James Storie orchids or mango callas lilies. Combined with a checkered bow, they create a merry scheme.
Grapevine wreaths are a blank canvas for this and other designs. Be sure you wire a hanger on the back. For the wreath with fresh flowers, I use an Oasis cage wired and hot glued in place – double insurance.
Lemon leaves have a natural burr on the stem that helps hold them in place. One large bunch ($18 at the florist) will usually made an 18” grapevine wreath. Like all of mama nature, these leaves ebb and flow and some bunches have lots of large leaves and branches and some not. What you don’t want are long stems with only a few leaves, so check when you buy them.
For a garden club holiday benefit with a seaside theme, I created this wreath with its welter of starfish in a sea of pretty moss with berries. The dried indoor wreaths would also work well in that nasty overheated spot between the door and the storm door. Nothing fresh to be cooked to death in the sun.