If you were looking for me back in August – you just might have found me in my gumboots trudging up and down rows of grapevines at Sanguine Estate in Heathcote – Victoria’s Shiraz capital.
Now these aren’t just any old Shiraz vines – they’re actually from the award winning Sanguine Estate “Progeny” Shiraz which took out Best Shiraz and Best Red Wine of the Year at the recent Federation Square Victorian Wine Showcase awards (among other titles throughout the year!
I was out to prove the old adage ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’, retrieving the bare vines just as fast as the vineyard workers were dropping them. It didn’t take long to fill the boot of my car and I spent several cosy evenings hand weaving them into some beautiful, rustic wreaths – and they have waited patiently in the shadows until now.
I thought I’d share some of my favourites from this Christmas season with you – each design is adorned with fresh or dried flowers, branches, fruits and nuts – all carefully selected for their longevity out of water, and their natural ability to look just as beautiful once they’ve dried as when they are fresh. No glue or wire has been used, so they can be carefully stripped and mulched once Christmas is over – leaving the bare wreath to hibernate over winter ready for decoration next yea (something that simply can’t be done with those floral foam versions).
Of course, there’s no need to wait so long – these handcrafted wreathes look just as beautiful unadorned as they do all dressed up and if you’re considering redecorating your wreath for Christmas in July, your chosen flowers and foliage will last even longer in the cooler months.
One of my clients actually purchased two wreathes in a similar style – one to welcome guests at the door and one for the centre of the table – to be filled with beeswax pillar candles of different heights. Glorious!
If you have purchased (or are considering) a floriography wreath, please do call me about redecorating it for your winter events and future Christmas’s.
There are still some wreaths available so phone your order through for a 12noon Christmas Eve pick up at the latest.
Clockwise from top left: Fresh cumquat, Leucadendrons ‘Safari Sunset’ and ‘Laurel Yellow’; Fresh green spruce, Banksia hookeriana, Leucadendron Safari Sunset; Fresh spruce, Leucadendron Safari Sunset, fresh tetragona nuts; Fresh grapevine, assorted leucadendron and fuschia gum.