Urban Garden Denver Blog

Christmas Greenery

December is a slow time in the garden, but it’s definitely a time to use greenery to decorate the house for Christmas. My childhood memories include my mother and her garden club friends making miles of cedar rope in our garage. Each house in the neighborhood had a cedar rope spiraling up the mailbox with a red bow at the top. The smell of cedar brings back that memory for me. Some years my sister mails me a box of cedar cuttings or holly from the northwest, but they quickly dry up in our climate.

We are going to cut our Christmas tree this weekend — that’s a favorite tradition in our family. We have recruited some families with younger children to start their own tradition with us, since our kids are away at college. They will be home for Christmas, but not in time for the tree cutting.

 The extra greenery off the bottom of the tree is great for spreading across the mantle or on top of a bookshelf. Last year I added a simple touch of baby’s breath to the evergreen cuttings. However, I don’t make wreaths anymore.  The last time I made my own wreath I ended up in urgent care to see about getting stitches when I clipped the end of my finger. After that I decided it was cheaper to buy a wreath!

What sort of greenery do you enjoy? Do you make your wreaths and arrangements or buy? Do you use real greenery or artificial?

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