2010-12-17 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

by Danielle McShane by Danielle Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

As the winter season draws closer our minds are focused on the amount of stress we are about to encounter. The holiday shopping, the parties, the planning and decorating. As much as the coming of the season is exciting- it is with as much anticipation for the day after when we can finally relax!!

Every year brings a new concept to Christmas and though the traditional schemes of red, green and gold are always appreciated for the nostalgic feeling they create, the new ones bring excitement for me. Once colors considered taboo now adorn our trees and wrap our gifts.

It seems as though the theme of Christmas decorations are now coordinating with the trends of everyday decorating with a glitzy, holiday twist. Cranberry, olive green and plum seem to have made the biggest splash this year. As the colors change so do the style of decorations.

Where once a wreath was hung on our door, it’s now the swag that is making it’s debut. Thy can be displayed much like a wreath does to welcome your guests at the front door, or from the entryway lights at either side of the doorway. A beautiful swag of cedar or holly can be tied to the mailbox post with a beautiful burgundy beaded ribbon, or hang from the sconces above the fireplace to bring the fresh scent of evergreens indoors. Swags have the same warm inviting sense of Christmas and can be decorated to your fancy.

They have a longer shape and are much fuller in appearance. It can have a variety of winter fir, boxwood, or fresh magnolia leaves. Pine cones hang as they would on a tree and the possibilities of decorating them are endless.

At one time swags only decorated our banisters but they are now welcome in our homes above the doorways and on table tops. A beautifully decorated swag will add the right touch to your dining room table as it rests from end to end. Pillar candles can be placed between the greenery and make for an impressive centerpiece when the table is not set. Be it pine, balsam, juniper or cedar, the swag will add a beautiful aroma to your home. You can borrow some of the decorations from your Christmas tree, and nestle ornaments into the cluster of fresh greens.

Beautiful wire-edged ribbon with the pattern of your choice can dip and twist amongst the evergreens. Why not pin your Christmas cards to a long swag that trails down your back door, or thread a thin swag of evergreens through your chandeliers? Have fun with it!

Small bunches of mixed greens are available at your local florist, and big boxes of assorted evergreens are available by special order so you can can bring them home and create decorations that will complement your decor.

Feel free to stop in and exchange ideas or get helpful hints in creating swags for your home. Danielle’s Rockaway Florist is located at 436 Beach 129 Street, Belle Harbor. You can visit on the web at www.Danielles RockawayFlorist.com, or call us at 718-318-8888. We wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season.

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