Holiday Deco: From the Garden and Back Again

I just can’t seem to do it.  I don’t know why. I just can’t get rid of the dried blossoms and seedpods and various decorative, but slightly dusty, remains of summers beauty.


dried pieris japonica

Pieris japonica, also known as Lily of the Valley Plant, dries easily and beautifully


I just can’t throw out the flowers that have dried so nicely or the sculptural seeds and stems, even when I know there will be more next season.


Allium seed pods

Dried allium seed pods look like starry constellations.


The trick I’ve found, that makes a big difference for me, is to give them one final chorus as Christmas decorations. Somehow, it feels ok to finally compost them when the year is truly over.


money plant pods

Lunaria pods, also known as Money Plant, Chinese Coins and Honesty, make luminescent decorations.


The bits of pods and flowers can be used for a front door swag with evergreens, tucked into the mantle décor or tied up with ribbon on gift packages. My favorite way to use the assortment of fragile blossoms and airy pods, however, is on the Christmas tree.


stipa grass fronds as Christmas Deco

Delicate grass stems can  be used as a fine garland when added to a Christmas tree.


There’s no need for fancy florist wiring or a skilled assembly. I just poke bits and pieces of what remains of the gardens offerings, willy-nilly throughout the tree. This makes especially good use of odd-shaped or broken pieces.


stipa seed heads

Picking ornamental grass “flowers” helps control the spread of seedlings in the garden.


Somehow, giving them  a final chance to really shine makes a difference for me and allows me to empty the vases, dust off the shelves and generally clear the decks of this season’s flotsam , to move on at last.


assorted tree deco from the garden

Simple decor from the garden; Lunaria, Grevillea fronds and dried Sedum flowers, are just a few of the possibilities.


At least…until the cycle begins anew with the coming of spring.


lighted Christmas tree reflection

Rejoice…then compost.



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One Comment on “Holiday Deco: From the Garden and Back Again”

  1. Susan Duncan
    December 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    These are a few of my favorite things….

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