Wreaths and Decorations for Fall
Fall Decorations from Nature
Fall is a wonderful time of the year. We have just experienced the pleasure of seeing Nature's finest artwork.The mountains have been alive with brilliant reds and yellows and soon all will turn brown and fall to the ground making way for the cold winter snows and barren branches. We will all be busy raking leaves and settling in for the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I have been busy doing yard work and we just completed a new rock wall complete with steps we so disparately needed to get to our basement level from our front yard. This change has added so much beauty to our home which is a brick structure. Where once the junipers that I had set out over 20 years ago and had become a refuge for for birds and rabbits, a welcome new look is a piece of art. The Virginia field stone wall built by a contractor has taken the place of all the green and has given us more space.
I was clearing some of the vegetation just across from our new wall and discovered some bittersweet growing. At this time of year the orange berries are very noticeable. These were the American Bittersweet which does not have thorns and very popular at our local farmers market. The colors of the Bittersweet are so great for making wreaths to hang on doors during the fall. Shoppers who are inclined to do crafts and can make their own unique holiday wreaths will buy the Bittersweet from vendors who have them in stock. The Bittersweet can also be used to make some pretty center pieces or an added touch to a fireplace mantel with other fall vegetation. I have even seen broom sage used in vases with those wispy feather ends.
My wife is very much a craft person and it didn't take her long to grab a wreath and wind the Bittersweet I had found onto the wreath made of grape vines. the process didn't take but a few minutes and she had a very nice wrath to hand on our door for the holidays that are upcoming.Center pieces can also be made and using pumpkins, gourds, and and ribbons the options are limitless and left to imagination of the creator.
Later the wreath will most likely be changed when the Christmas season will be upon us. Fresh evergreen and red ribbons along with pine cones will bring a transformation to the grapevine wreath and the Bittersweet having served its purpose can now be discarded.