I am sure you would agree 2020 has been a difficult year. On all fronts. Despite the hardships, the pandemic drove some positive impacts. It sparked an interest in home-bound therapy like gardening and inspired people to connect with nature in meaningful ways. That’s why it seemed fitting to adorn this year’s Christmas tree with natural elements instead of glittery balls and flashing lights. And if I don’t say so myself, I think the end result is a most wonderful site to behold.
While many different materials could be used for decorations, this magical tree included seven: Statice, Thalictrum, Hydrangea, Allium, Nandina, Nepenthes and Magnolia. Spray paint added dimension and interest. Statice, a popular annual, offered sturdy stems and a delicate texture for the top of the tree. Thalictrum, a favorite self-seeding perennial in my garden, provided a nice accent when painted. Magnolia seed pods and Hydrangeas added interesting texture while Nandina berries gave the tree a traditional feel. The unusual Nepenthes, a carnivorous pitcher plant, became a conversation piece.
When considering a naturally decorated tree, harvest materials that speak to you. Hang ‘ornaments’ to your hearts content and then sit back, admire your creation and express your gratitude for all of life’s blessings.
Happy holidays to you all and good wishes for a healthy 2021!
Lovely! And fun to do I am sure.
Very fun Vicky. Forced me to look at the garden in a whole new way!
What a lovely idea and how beautiful is your tree, Carol! Thanks for that idea!! Merry Christmas as well to you.
Merry Christmas to you John!
What I love about your blog is that it is practical and applicable. This month is no different. I was wondering what you were talking about when I saw your picture of the tree then when I saw the individual pictures with what happened to each; I thought “Oh” like a light bulb went off. My next thought was I could probably do that. So thanks for helping us think of how to use the various items from our gardens during the holiday season and throughout the year. You have given me some ideas!!!
Thanks Jeanette. I am happy I inspired some new ideas and a different way to connect with nature.