I sometimes do slightly mad things on impulse and yesterday was a case in point. I have been reading about the lore of the holly tree-which is very varied and interesting-and on impulse decided to make a holly wreath for the front of the house. We have an “artificial” wreath for the front door and in the past I have bought real ones, but this year I decided to go for homemade.
Typing “How to make a holly wreath” into Google, I came up with this website. I had all of the things I needed on hand. I used a heavy duty garden wire to make a circle, wrapping it around a casserole I dish I have. Then out into the garden, armed with the leaf rake. There is a lot of moss growing in the lawn under the birch tree, where it is shady. I quite like moss-it makes a green surface where the grass is reluctant to grow, and in the spring both the blue tits and the blackbirds collect it to make or line their nests. 2 years ago, when I cleared out the nest box after the blue tits had reared their brood, I removed a 6 inch layer of moss they had used to fill the box and make their nest on. It took me about 5 minutes to rake pile of moss out of the lawn, but I have left plenty for the birds.
In the picture above you can see the moss wrapped circle but the thin wire has “disappeared” into the moss. This is good. Too cold to carry on outside, so after I cut some holly from the tree in the garden and some ivy, I retreated to the kitchen to continue.
The last step was to wire on some gold sprayed pine cones I have had for several years and just a few glass baubles.
So-the first of the old lore, the origins lost before recorded history, says that holly was used to keep away evil spirits. Or to repel them and to provide safety for the friendly fairies to shelter in the house without friction between them and the human occupants. More holly lore tomorrow.