I have on hand a few straw wreath bases.
Today, I will use a ten-inch base. I was also able to scrounge up a pack of
Armed with my favorite clippers, I
head first to the Powis Castle Artemisia bush that is encroaching on the
Rockrose. I cut it back to my satisfaction, filling my basket with my prunings, I haul them to my picnic table on my patio.
Next, I zero in on the
Culinary Oregano that
is over growing the pathway. It yields plenty of delicate green flower tops
peppered with white,
which, when added to the Powis Castle will make great filler bundles for the
The Lavender and Bee Balm are trimmed
around their perimeter leaving plenty for the bees. Long wands of Pink
Ornamental Oregano are also cut and added to the bucket. Finally, I cut
clusters of Lamb’s Ears, small heads of Golden Yarrow and Colorful
At my work table, I pile and sort the
various groups of herbs. My now empty basket stands ready to receive the unused
pieces. I begin to fashion bouquets of Powis Castle. I use some long flowering
pieces for the outside of the wreath base and to give the wreath some texture
and shorter leafy pieces for bulk. I add Oregano spikes sprinkled with bundles
of lavender and other colorful herbs.
Each bundle is secured with a pin forming
graduated layers spiraling down the base.
As I approach the spot I started at, I begin tucking the bouquets deep
inside the first ones hiding their origins. Lambs Ear's work well in clusters to
fill gaps and flow over edges.
It is fortunate that I tied a piece of
raffia to the wire hook I installed at the top of the straw base, because it
would have been lost forever.
hang the weighty wreath on a nail and observe its imperfections. I trim and pin
and add here and there to round out the most beautiful wreath I have ever made (I say that about all of my wreaths). I hang it in the living room so my husband
can ask every few minutes, “ Honey, what’s that smell?” I reply as always,
“ You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!”
and Narration by Connie Nerison.
Making 1 2 3 can help you make
a wreath like Connie's!