2nd December 2018

December Christmas Delights


December is the month of bomb fires, frosty mornings, and the excitement of Christmas looming, so if feeling creative, I have some wonderful ideas to try at home or come visit one of our workshops for a nature inspired Wreath’ or Table decoration’ course.   I will also show you how you can create a fireplace garland and make some yummy Christmas Delights’ to really get you in the festive season.

It is also fantastic to watch on those cold brisk mornings the sun hitting the plumes of my tall grasses, shinning and swaying, (Miscsnthus silberspine and Calamagrostis ‘karl forester’) as well as the the colour combinations of grasses (Stipa tenuisima) below Cornus ‘Midwinters Fire’, well worth the effort and last till the spring.

Winter grasses

Cornus (dogwoods) come in a variety of colours and are great for providing colour at this time of year but also can be used in table displays and every year I attempt to make rustic weaved baskets, some good, some not so but fun. Cut them down when leaves have fallen and leave for 1 month then have a go.


This months Christmas Delights are nature inspired, and I will show you how you can create fireplace and Christmas Table Decorations collected from your own garden, plus simple but beautiful festive napkin holders.   We made a video on how to make a simple long table dec so have a go.

Chilli & lights Table dec

But if you have time and require a little festive fun and creativity, then we have some great workshops happening this Christmas – our Wreath Workshops are filling up fast and offer everything from ‘Oranges & Cinnamon’ to ‘Holly & Rosehips’, and even bit of spice for those that need a twist with a chilli or two.


For home made gifts we have our lovely Christmas Goodies Workshop running, ‘Lemon Handbag Hand Cream’ to ‘Orange & Sandlewood scrubs’ with lots of tasty Goodies to accompany and Christmas cheer.


Cut back Cornus to 20cm above ground -use the stems to decorate

Trim back and tidy any perennial boarders or leave till February

Protect tender plants with mulch/straw or fleece


Clear beds not in use – add manure, mulch and cover

Plant winter hardy vegetables and harvest your lovely parsnips, brussel and leeks

Feed the birds especially if its going to be a cold winter!

and we wish you all a merry Christmas xx  

Frozen Rose hip