I still have a glut, a glut I tell you, of sweet peas. This comes from picking them almost daily and not letting the seed pods develop for too long. They have kept my vases filled for weeks, grown very tall and created a wall of sweet peas along one side of the fence. This is something I was aiming for but had never tried. And although they are starting to look a little tired now I’m so proud of them and intend on doing it all over again next year in the paddock. The whole world will become a tangle of Sweet Peas if I have my way.
This coming weekend is a three day weekend in England.
I get to see my husband for more than twenty minutes in the evening before I skulk off to bed (not good at late nights) and it also means that we get to have a wee gathering of family and friends before we all head in to the months of autumn. This is the last three day weekend until BOXING DAY, so we’re making the most of it.
With this in mind I decided to use some of my glut of sweet peas (glut I tell you) to make a wreath to hang on the gate for our gathering this weekend.
Take some florists wire and fashion it in to a wreath-like shape.
Securing the ends well and making sure that no sharp bits are sticking out by twisting the ends around the wreath.
Cover the ugly looking wire by tying strips of fabric around it. This is an awesome way to use some of your scraps up.
The scraps I used were about 2 cm’s wide and approx 12 cm’s in length.
When you have finished covering the wire wreath it should look someyhing like this.
Cut some more strips of fabric, same length as before, as you’ll be using these to tie the flowers to the wreath.
Fold a strip in half lengthways.
Tie it loosely around the wire, leaving a gap.
Poke the flower stem through the gap and tighten the tie around the stem, securing the flower in place.
When you have covered the wire wreath in flowers it should look something like this.
Cut off any long flower stems or loose bits of fabric as this neatens it up a little.
I fastened my wreath to the garden gate with some more florists wire.
It’s not a heavy wreath so this wire worked out well.
I’m pleased with it. It’s a celebratory decoration and one that reminds me of an awesome summer in the garden.
Of course you don’t have to put the wreath on to the gate……. you could wear it on your head.
And look as ridiculous as I for the WHOLE day!
See you later on with another corner from my home.
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