Back in the garden at last! I was beginning to doubt that I would see this day. While still under the one-pound rule (I can't lift more than one pound in my right hand!), I was able to cut some greenery and make an arrangement for the foot of the steps.
At the Sackler Gallery on Sunday we saw lovely urns filled with pine, bittersweet and dried stems. They lined the sides of the parterre and were quite uniform and formal. I really loved them and wanted to do something similar for the house - since we are having guests for Christmas dinner this year.
A foraging trip into the woods behind our neighbor's house produced cedar, which I augmented with euonymous from the hedge, stems of Harry Lauter's walking stick, dried sedum heads, rosemary and nandina berries. My arrangement is more natural than the inspiration, but fits better with our more laid back home and style.
With Mitchell to move the finished product into place, we are officially decorated outside.