12 Nov Baubles, blooms and blue pine…
And just like that, Christmas is on the way again already!
The excitement of the festive season always brings a buzz to the shop with the start of the change in the floral season with the first sight of amaryllis with their stately, trumpet-like flowers, ranunculas whose delicately layered petals remind us of ballet tutus and then the ubiquitous ilex berries, cultivated holly, on their long stems creating a structural yet seasonal look to any design.
Then, of course, it’s the turn of the foliage with the heady scent of blue pine as the wreaths are made, green-leaved ivy with its glossy black berries and scented rosemary with stems that are shaped like miniature pine trees.
Whilst we like a bauble or two – who doesn’t?! – we also like to include more natural decorations on our trees so now is the time we start prepping all the dried fruit such as orange and lemon slices as well as dried whole fruit. Cinnamon sticks are tied into bundles with string and we wire pine cones too that add an extra something to our Christmas trees.
Needless to say, we decorate a lot of trees throughout the festive season so here are a few top tips to help you dress your tree Bloomsbury-style:
If you have a fresh tree, remember that in order to keep it as fresh for a long as possible, try to resist putting the tree up too early and if you can, saw a little off the base of the trunk and put it in a stand that can hold water. Keeping the water topped up will help the tree to stay fresh…
When you are ready to start decorating the tree, begin with the lights. We prefer to use white lights and the LED variety come in a wide selection of whites ranging from soft white to a colder bright white. Once you’ve unravelled the lights – always a joy! – switch them on and start at the top of the tree, winding the lights around the tree making sure they are evenly distributed.
If you are working to a theme with your decorations which is what we do, start adding them next. We find that you end up with a more even distribution of decs if you add one variety at a time. So, for instance, we would start with silver baubles, followed by lemon slices, next cinnamon bundles and finally pine cones.
To make more of a statement, we find that using less variety of decorations but more of each one, as it were, makes for an elegant design yet still full of impact.