While we wait for springs return, be inspired to fill your home with fresh greenery.
Bringing fresh greenery inside to adorn our homes is a winter tradition since ancient times. Our ancestors believed bringing boughs indoors would help them sustain and thrive in winter's darkest days. If evergreens can endure during the long winter so can we!
Fresh greenery is a gift for all the senses; it's aromatic and both texturally and visually appealing. It even helps humidify indoor air, which is essential during winter months.
Boughs and wreaths need moisture in order to exhale humidity and that deliciously wintry scent so if you bring greenery indoors treat it as you would cut flowers; the cooler and more humid it is, the longer it will last. Leave a mister bottle near the arrangement you have indoors and give the needles a healthy spritz now and again.
Above: Boxwood and cedar from our yard.
You may have greenery in your own yard or can forage for some nearby. Urban dwellers, without ready access, can rely on local florists for a fresh and varied supply of greenery.
Above: My neighbourhood florist shop, Bloomfields Flowers, is full of aromatic greenery and festive flowers.
Above: Bloomfields' shop is filled with birch, boxwood, cedar, fir, magnolia and pine, as well as seasonal flowers such as paperwhites and amaryllis.
Above: Boughs for sale! Greenery spills from the shop to the walkway outdoors.
Above: Magnolia leaf wreath designed by Bloomfields staff.