This a very early Spring wreath, made with the first flowers of 2022, collected from my garden on the first day of February. Wreaths are not just for Christmas, and bringing some much needed colour in to the home at this time of year can help to lift our moods, and signify hope for new beginnings and the promising gardening year ahead.
You will need:
Fresh flowers from the garden, (or florists / supermarket) - I have used a mix of Hellibores, snowdrops, daffodils, winter camellias, comfrey, elephant's ears and
Dried flowers from last years garden - allium heads, teasels, pussy willow, and hydrangeas (They kept their colour so beautifully - see Novembers blog post for how to dry them hydrangea heads)
Florists wire, snips, a rattan wreath and a ribbon for hanging.
Begin by wiring together the foliage in to small bunches, leaving long wire ends to weave through the wreath.
To wire flowers such as daffodils or hyacinth that have hollow stems, you can double your wire, and insert it in to the stem. This makes it easier to secure to the wreath, but also strengthens the stem. For flowers such as snowdrops, which have very thin stems, I bunched around 10/15 together is small bunches.
Start attaching the foliage from the top, weaving the wire ends in to the rattan base, to secure the bunches.
I used my camellias at this stage, as they had a lot of greenery on the stem, and as the flower heads are so large, it was important to add them early to make sure the placement of these large white heads were balanced.
Work your way around the wreath, covering just over half. To make a full wreath, continue round to where you started, making sure the wreath looks balanced in its foliage and colours.
Once you are happy with your wreath, and made sure that all your flowers are secure, pop a ribbon at the top, and hang it somewhere that it can be admired by all!