This was the first of the season, I cut a few leaves from one of my Mahonia x media 'Marvel'...
...and then used ribbon (rather than wire) to tie them to the frame. So simple, so easy...
I love it! And of course it's a bonus that it looks so good with the fireplace tile.
This tiny little wreath is made of Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen' branches, or rather tiny bits of them.
They're held in place with the same ribbon I used on the mahonia wreath.
For the next group of wreaths I drove out to Cistus Nursery, and the home of my friends Preston Pew and Sean Hogan at Rancho Cistus. Of course before I could get down to wreath making I had to snap a couple garden photos. Blue sky like this in December is a rare treat indeed...
If you think this planting looks familiar you're correct. I've featured it before, here and here.
This little trowel seems to say "dig what you want..." (no of course I didn't!)
And this mangave looked so much like an underwater sea creature...
Speaking of creatures, my friend Ann Amato showed up with this little guy in tow, yes her cat Felix has been known to adventure out to nurseries and other spots around town.
He didn't actually make a wreath, but he kept watch on us all.
Again I must mention the weather! December 4th and we were outside under sunny blue skies, and not freezing! Sure it wasn't exactly warm—I think the high was 50 that day—but my non-gloved hands weren't cold. This was such a welcome treat for our socially distanced times.
Here's Preston hard at work...
And with a couple fabulous wreaths to show for it, I only got a photo of the large one.
Sean didn't join in the fun, but made sure we all had holiday cookies to munch on and beverages to sip. Also is this guy good at masked facial expressions or what?
Ann (and Felix) showing off one of her creations...
Once the sun went down it did get cold pretty quickly, so it was time to head for home.
Here's what I made. I put together the Cryptomeria base here at home, but decided more texture was needed, the eucalyptus came via Cistus cuttings.
This one went on the front door.
A different eucalyptus provided the base for this wreath.
And electric blue viburnum berries took it up a notch.
This one went on the side door.
We primarily come and go via this door so it's a bit of wild holiday cheer for us to enjoy.
The final wreath for 2020 is a grapevine frame I've had forever, which I slightly embellished.
Fatshedera and what I assumed was Ilex—but now realize I have no idea if that's right (maybe a berberis? the small dark prickly leaves)—are joined by chartreuse glitter poinsettias that Preston donated to the cause.
This wreath hangs above the sofa for the holiday season...
I am so thankful for a day of semi-normalcy in these otherwise trying times.
Weather Diary, Dec 13: Hi 42, Low 39/ Precip .23
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