Harvesting the Hedgerows

Free Bounty

Free Bounty

Articles in UK magazines reference searching the country hedgerows for natural decorations, a charming idea.  We have our own hedges and plantings to harvest.  Pot wild cedar trees to play Christmas inside.  Virginia Creeper vine covering our Honeysuckle bushes on the pond dam are nicely pliable to wind into wreaths.  They will be used as bases for boxwood and evergreen wreaths.  The basket of crabapples from the chapel garden will be added to outdoor planters along with sprigs of holly, greens and twigs.  In the background are dark birch branches which add a nice woodsy feel to arrangements.  Don’t forget pine cones, wild moss and bird nests to tuck in.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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