This everlasting wreath, featuring dried peonies, hangs in the sitting room. It is one of the unique gifts available only at the Farm Grove Collectables Christmas Open House, Saturday, November 21. I fashion the wreaths from herbs grown exclusively in the Farm Grove herb garden.
Dried herbal wreaths such as this capture the scents and blooms of the summer garden in an unforgettable way. The showy flowers rest on a background of artemesias: ghost plant, silver queen and silver king. Dried purple oregano blooms are an unexpected touch of heathery texture and color. The soft celedon green of dried hydrangea creates a central band and sets off the pink and white peony blossoms. To dry peonies, cut them JUST when they open. They will dry one-third their size.
If you are near Groveland, Illinois, on the 21st of November, visit our Christmas Open House, “A Christmas To Remember,” in our restored dairy barn. It is our last open house–and our best.