Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Do not read this post if you are Christmas-phobic
It is still horrendous weather here today - one of those days where you can see the rain blowing across the garden - so I have been looking for inside jobs to do in between the necessary flower picking.
I am intending to make some Christmas wreaths this year that are suitable for porches and tenement stairs - not quite dried flowers like the hop and hydrangea wreaths which don't like any dampness - but not fresh wreaths which don't like heat.
I am also wanting to incorporate textiles and trimmings into them. I have bought some wonderful Liberty damasks in red and silver grey which I have bought to make up stockings but thought that they would also look stunning in door wreaths with purply greys and silver.
So I have spent time today harvesting, trimming and bunching up purple sage to dry in the airing cupboard to see if it works. I think that it should as it is a dried herb that keeps looking good in a damp steamy kitchen atmosphere but would be robust enough to keep from year to year if necessary.
Sage is obviously a herb that I shouldn't handle too much - my mouth feels wierd, as though it is slightly burnt and my hands are itchy. I shall have to look out some gloves.
All this Christmas stuff feels ridiculous - I am designing decorations and Euan has begun pantomime rehearsals and we are not even out of September.