I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of our beautiful Christmas trees and greens for months. When the tree is up, that’s the day the party starts! Although I always seem to put off decorating one week too long and by then the warm weather has passed and I’m hanging wreaths and garlands outdoors with numb fingers in a chilling wind. Brrrr!
White Pine garland is a fragrant, budget-friendly trim for outdoor decorating. For inside decor Red Cedar garland is sturdier and stands up to indoor temperatures.
This year I’m using natural Red Cedar Garland as the base for a super-simple holiday tablescape. A garland of the fragrant greenery stretched across the length of your table is the perfect backdrop into which you can nestle fruits, pinecones, flowers or small ornaments.
To keep the simple, natural theme going, consider a similar garland treatment for a mantel and build in a small forest of miniature trees. Stretch out a length of garland and just add tabletop rosemary and lemon cypress trees. They’re my favorites for fragrance. Another length of garland can trim a stairway banister and would look great with loops of sugared cranberry garland for sparkle and color. Here’s an easy how-to for sugared cranberry garland from Etsy.
Follow these tips to keep your Christmas tree and holiday greenery fresh, lush and fragrant:
- Give your cut tree a fresh cut, removing at least ¼” of trunk and put it in a large bucket outdoors to get its first big drink. The tree can drink upwards of a gallon of water in this first day.
- Choose a stand to fit your tree. Whittling down the outer bark will reduce the tree’s ability to drink water so choose a stand large enough for the trunk to pass through the upper ring.
- Locate the tree away from heat sources such as heaters, fireplaces, heat vents and direct sunlight.
- There is no need to add anything to the water. Fresh water is the key to keeping the tree hydrated and retaining its needles.
- Check and add water daily.
- Potted miniature trees should be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. If the pot is heavy, it does not need water.
- Consider displaying your wreath outside the storm door. The area between the two doors can warm up like a greenhouse and sunburn your wreath.
- Mist your indoor trees and greenery daily to help keep them from drying out too fast. It will boost your homes humidity levels and that’s good for people too!
Share your decorating ideas for using natural greenery in your home for the holiday. I’d love to hear from you!