Winter has set in at the farm and the garden has pretty much been tucked away under a protective layer of winter mulch and burlap coverings. Despite the bleak weather outside, there is still plenty going on at the farm with the holiday season in full swing. Every year I host a Christmas party at my farm and we have been very busy getting things decorated and looking festive.
I love the way my home looks filled with holiday cheer, but I love to brighten up the grounds as well. By adding festive lights, wreaths, and decorations to outdoor structures and trees, you can really liven up the landscape, and it looks especially inviting at night.
There are also many things you can do to bring the outdoors in and brighten the dreary winter. Evergreen branches make beautiful and fragrant decorations. Turn them into wreaths, garlands, and swags and embellish them with long-lasting berries such as Ilex verticillata, also known as winterberry. If you are trimming your own trees and shrubs, be sure to remove no more than a third of each limb at a time.
The garden is also an inspiration for my handmade holiday gifts. I love to give amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs planted in decorative pots or new plants grown from cuttings of my favorites—these are truly gifts that keep on giving.
And remember, winter solstice is on December 21st. The days will gradually get longer, which means spring will eventually be on its way.