I have to confess that I am a complete sucker for all things Christmas and have to hold myself back from decorating the house from top to bottom as soon as the advent calendars come out on December 1st. The one thing that saves me is that Christmas hits the flower market early so I can indulge my passion from mid November when the market is filled with the sound of carols at 4 am and normal displays are replaced with acres of glitter, glitz & baubles.
I absolutely love making these traditional advent wreaths which are delivered for the 1st of December when the first candle is lit, one candle being then lit every week until Christmas when all four are finally burning. This year I have kept things very natural - pine, eucalyptus, hypericum, pine cones (collected from Dorset), rosemary, thistles, cinammon sticks, lavender and orange slices have all filled my house with wonderful scents. I'm off to deliver them now and it feels like Christmas is finally coming.
A little Halloween table arrangement I made this week that is really easy to make. Take 3 little pumpkins (gourds) and scoop out their insides. Wash them and wipe around the inside with a bit of bleach to kill that pumpkin smell. Fill the holes with pre-soaked floral foam and insert 3 large-headed roses into each. Fill any gaps with small rose leaves left on the stem. They look great as a table centre, on a mantlepiece or as Halloween Gifts.
Tania is a forty something year old North Londoner with a love of flowers, floral design and floristry.