On the other hand, am I posting for others, or for myself? That my friends is THE question. Plus at this point a lot of it is habit...
Anyway, here we are, Christmas 2022, celebrating with a new tinsel tree! I love my vintage aluminum tree but found myself dreaming of something taller, thinner, fuller—and just like that, it's here...
I had absolutely no intention whatsoever of putting tillandsia in/on the tree this year—yet—there they are.
Before decorating I cleaned up the vases, plants, and other things that had been on and around the mantel and gave all the tillandsia a good soak. They were drying on the dining table as I assembled the tree. Just for fun I stuck a few of them in the tree before I went downstairs to dig out the ornaments and when I came back upstairs I realized I really liked the look. So for the second year in a row, I have tillandsia on my Christmas tree...
While none of my trees are green, I did work in that Christmas conifer look (and smell) with a nice long chunk of natural garland to drape along the mantel.
The mantel which is home to my collection of silver trees, six of them this year.
There are also three silver goblets with tillandsia perched in them, the center one blooming.
My vintage tree topper fit on the new tree perfectly!
And I was excited to rediscover this string of lights Gardener's Supply gave me back in 2014.
As for wreaths I made three this year, this one is covered in brunia (a South African shrub) hangs from the mantel.
I've previously shared this "incomplete"—yet perfectly complete by design—wreath on our front door.
And I ended up hanging the eucalyptus and conifer wreath on the back of the front door, where we can enjoy it.
My collection of bottle-brush trees are all on a shelf in the bathroom this year.
I discovered quite by accident that they're doubled when reflected in the open medicine cabinet mirror.
Reflecting on the fact I've recorded 13 years worth of Christmas "trees" here on the blog got me wondering what they'd look like all together, so this coming Wednesday's post will be a round up of the festive, the spiky (remember the opuntia Christmas tree?) and the "what was I thinking?"... I'm looking forward to a trip down memory lane.
In the meantime here are a couple of late breaking updates, because I happened to come across a white cryptanthus that reminded me of the ones I wasn't able to bring home from NYC and just called out to be on the mantel...
...and I bought pepper berries, aka Schinus molle. I do love pepper berries and their softly spicy scent. Part of the fun of decorating early for the holidays is that you can keep adding to the display!
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