Thankfully, some days are quiet enough to take the time to enjoy the garden this time of year. Today, being a little chilly and gray, gives the day a cast much closer to that of the days of December spent where I grew up - on a farm near Washington, D.C.
One of my favorite things to do was to walk the fields and woods in search of greenery and other bits of nature to create holiday swags, wreaths, and centerpieces for my family and friends. Many years ago I gathered enough to embellish my Grandmother's forty foot front porch with a hand wrapped garland of hemlock, cedar, and long needle pine (along with matching wreath and swags).
Today, I find myself lucky enough to take the time to snip a few pieces from the garden to put together a simple and natural arrangement of cedar fern, holly, dusty miller, and simple white garden roses. So, I encourage everyone with a love for plants and flowers to take a few moments this holiday season to take a look around and enjoy what abounds - the beauty of nature and family & friends.