blog submitted by Nadine Naujoks
“After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth...The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.”
― Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond
I love this time of year, when the days are mild, the woodlands are exploding with color and fall's harvest offers up warm thick soups.
Each year about this time I enjoy foraging through our 6 acres to gather materials for a fall wreath to grace the front door until it is replaced with a Christmas theme.
My favorite base is twisted grapevine. I like the natural look of it and often leave a peep or two of it showing through. It is also easy to weave much of the other materials into place with out using a lot of hot glue or twine.
Some favorite materials I've gathered in the past are Beauty berry, small pine cones, heart's-a-bursting, lavender, fiery nandina, and pyracantha berries. Its a mood thing, I never know what I'm going to home with. Once a friend of mine gave me a fall wreath made entirely of harvested kitchen herbs! I hung it inside the french patio door and used it all winter long in my cooking.
This month, I'm recovering from two replaced hips, so not a lot of foraging for me yet, I'll content myself to sharing some favorite wreaths from the past with some found on Google images. I especially like the pink witchy one.
As I'm unable to make mine yet, please share photos of your wreaths on the Mill Spring Farm Store Face book page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mill-Spring-Farm-Store/592394777496710 - it'll do my heart good to see the fall beauty through your eyes!