holiday container uses some traditional greenery and berries,
and some non-traditional ornamental cabbage for bold splashes
My inspiration for winter containers comes from the talented
floral designers who volunteer their skills for the Homes
for the Holidays tour, an annual fundraiser held in Ottawa,
Ontario. A handful of stately homes are decked, both inside
and out, with the finest of nature's bounty. Transformed,
they become botanical showstoppers that celebrate the richness
of the holiday season.
I've found it doesn't take a lot of time, talent or expense
to create a winter container that wows. Local materials, sometimes
snipped fresh from the garden, help defray the costs. To make
your own holiday arrangement, you'll need a container, a few
gardening tools and a warm pair of gloves; not mandatory but
certainly recommended is eggnog or hot cocoa to enjoy afterwards.
The following are my suggestions on how to create a container
1. Select the Location
Since winter containers can be very heavy, select a site and
work on the spot rather than trying to transport the container
after it has been filled. When choosing the location, keep
your snow-clearing needs in mind. Gather the tools you'll
likely use to have on hand, including a sharp pair of pruning
shears, some wooden shish-kabob sticks, wire to tie ornaments
and pine cones, an outside extension cord, and a timer.