About a month ago Gilles Guillot came to visit us. He is the gardener who created with architect Patrice Taravella the magnificent Prieuré d’Orsan gardens and who was involved in the design of the Babylonstoren gardens.
Gilles taught us how to make some beautiful Christmas decorations using only a pair of secateurs, some string and a few things found on a stroll through the forest.
Our Gardener Cristiano recreated a Christmas wreath for us, that you can make yourself, and we have documented each step to share with you.
The wreath that we made is perfect as a front door decoration, but by adding a few candles, it could be transformed into a perfect Advent wreath.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- 6 SLIM TWIGS OF OAK
- 6 SPRIGS OF ROSEMARY FLOWERS
- 6 YOUNG OLIVE BRANCHES
- 6 SPRAYS OF ROSEHIP
- 6 SPRAYS OF HAWTHRON BERRIES
- 1 FLEXIBLE BAY LEAF BRANCH (the base of the wreath)
- BAY LEAF TWIG
- The most challenging part of the job is creating the base: it looks difficult, but all you need to do is twist the branch around itself to form a ring. We know that often words don’t suffice in describing some of the more delicate gardening operations, so we decided to record Cristiano in action.
- Place your ring base on a work surface and if it doesn’t seem stable enough, tie it down with some string. Now arrange the bay leaf twigs along the entire base, twisting them around the branches to fill all the empty spaces with lovely green leaves.
- With the trickiest part now done, we can enjoy ourselves arranging the oak twigs in a ring, tying them to the base with the string. We suggest arranging the greenery first (young olive branches or ivy) and only then the flowers (rosemary flowers in our case) and berries (hawthorn and rosehip).
4.You could decorate your wreath by adding candle holders, red bows or some wood. We decided to leave it like this, as natural as possible.
Have you tried to make our wreath, or do you have any other ideas and decorations you’d like to suggest we try in the future? Don’t hesitate to add a comment or to contact us on Facebook or Instagram.