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!