October Wreaths

October 15, 2014

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!



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