FOR ME, December is all about
drinking decorating. The Christmas tree is set up (pictures soon!), the parlor mantel is dressed for success, the dining room features a pair of homemade boxwood trees, and now, thanks to floral-designer Erin Brady, a big bouquet lights up the entrance hall table. Here’s an intimate look at this pine-scented poetry:
The “vase” for Erin’s arrangement is my big cast-iron urn. The urn is lined with a plastic bucket (to make it water-tight). To create a “pin cushion” for stems, Erin inserted blocks of floral foam in the bucket. Floral-tape holds the foam firmly in place.
I should probably mention that when Erin arrived here, she was wearing only a skimpy black cocktail dress. What a shocking choice of attire. For the temperature outside was well-below freezing, and, quite naturally, I insisted she do all of her clipping- and sticking-business on the front porch. You know, in order to avoid making a mess in the house.
Poor Erin! I could hear her teeth clattering even as I sat in my warm kitchen, sipping a rum-laced eggnog.
*Erin insisted, against my objections, on working outside. And she was wearing a down-jacket. What she was wearing beneath the jacket I haven’t a clue, because she never removed her cloak. But I’ll wager it was a black cocktail dress.
The arrangement is composed of five (yes, just five!) components:
How long will the beauty last? Well, in cool temperatures and with regular watering, the greens and berries will stay fresh and fragrant until the New Year.
And that’s long enough!
In the comments field below, I hope you’ll let me know how your own holiday decorations are coming along. As always, I love to hear from you.
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