Nandina domestica, AKA, Heavenly Bamboo, is one of our favorite plants.
A hardy, waterwise evergreen, Nandina grows in part to full sun, zones 5-10, offering year-round beauty, moderate growth, low maintenance, and deer resistance. I use Nandina leaves in flower arrangements, but I never clip its springtime blooms, because by autumn they develop into sturdy clusters of orange red berries — just in time to decorate our Thanksgiving tablescape.
Here’s how I did it.
First, I gathered my supplies. I decided to use a wire wreath form and some dry Muhly grass as the base for the wreath. You could use any pliable dried straw or stems.
Next I cut and gathered the grass into small bundles and tied them together with wire; then I fastened the bundles onto my form, using straw colored raffia. I continued around the form until it was covered with grass and then I wound raffia around the wreath in various places, allowing lots of stragglers. I was going for a the look of a casual wispy spiral.
Then, I poked our stiff berry stems into the straw and secured them with U-shaped pins that I made from florist wire and twisted at the back.
All that was left to do was to add a bow and hang it on the nail on our front door — just in time for our Thanksgiving feast.
I love how it turned out and I love that I only spent an hour to make it with things from our garden.
Happy Thanksgiving !
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