December in the garden
Whilst the weather remains very mild this December, our gardens are now in winter mode with all the leaves now gone from our deciduous trees and shrubs. Our planters have been filled with cyclamen and violas and under planted with spring bulbs to provide a continuing floral display. The silhouette of the trees, the colourful stems of the dogwoods and willows together with all the festive red berries which can be found on our contoneasters and hollies mean there is still plenty of interest in our gardens in winter even without any frost or snow!
Flowers for weddings in December
Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular and weddings close to Christmas can be extra special. This month and together with our in-house florist Penny of Crown House Flowers, we decorated for a festive winter wedding using lots of foliage from our gardens and woodland. Using pine, cedar and silver birch branches, Penny created a stunning door garland and door wreath to decorate the entrance to our courtyard marquee.
Our large slate welcome board was decorated with ivy and white flowering viburnum and the look was complimented with potted Christmas trees, lanterns and candles which have given our gardens a warm and welcoming festive feel. Beautiful in daylight but even more magical as the sun sets.
The festive foliage theme was continued in our ceremony room and large urns were filled with pine, cedar, white viburnum and silver birch branches together with some white chrysanthemums and roses. With white lanterns, candles and stars this elegant look would be perfect for a winter wedding even if it doesn’t snow!