I had the pleasure of driving through the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire moors this week to pay a visit to the ever so talented duo Kirsty and Katy of Darling and Green. The girls have their floristy workshop and cutting garden nestled up in the rolling heather clad hills. I went to collect my wreaths that they kindly arranged for me and I wasn’t disappointed. They are magnificently different, adorned with cedar branches, cones and dried fennel heads like mini woodland glades, I adore them.
I couldn’t imagine not having a wreath on my door, it just finishes the look perfectly and welcomes visitors with a smile.
Why do we use wreaths for the festive season? Not only are they used as a welcoming adornment or as part of an advent wreath encircled with five candles, each one lit in the four weeks running up to Christmas and the last on Christmas Eve; they are also a symbol which originates from ancient Roman beliefs and Druid practices that have now been embraced as part of Christian tradition. In Ancient Rome they were used to show victory. Wreaths are a never ending circle symbolising eternal life, holly wreaths were a sign of good luck for the Druids. The beautiful lush green foliage and bright coloured berries also represented a promise of spring in the depths of a bleak winter.
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I do hope your wreaths; no matter what shape or size; foliaged to the hilt, or fancy with baubles and feathers; welcome you home with cheer in the up and coming weeks of the festive season.