As this year comes to a close, it’s almost time to start planning for next year’s garden. But as I take a break from my regular gardening chores. I have time for other hobbies. This year, I made a wreath. I wanted my wreath to really represent the coastal area in which I live. So with the exception of 4 seashells, all ingredients were found locally. The grapevine came from an untended garden. I found the eucalyptus branch just lying in on the sidewalk a day after our first storm, which also blew down the pale green lichen (which to me looks a bit like seaweed). The magnolia pods I found at a nearby mall, the sand dollar I picked up on a local beach while out for a walk with a friend. All that was needed was a bit of red and some Toyon berries did the trick. I like it. It came out just as I imagined. The eucalyptus and bit of pine smell great and its unfussy design really does fit the area from which it came.
I truly love and enjoy the area in which I live. I feel at peace here. I hope you find yourself in a place that makes you feel the same way. Happy Holidays!