Instagram is already full of autumn wreaths and flower growers and florists everywhere are behaving like demented floral squirrels, hoarding dried treasures from summer in readiness for workshops to make seasonal round things. So excuse me for mentioning the dreaded C word before the pumpkins of Halloween have started to wizen and moulder in the great compost heap of the eternal hereafter, but Christmas workshop dates across the country are already started to bear the words “FULLY BOOKED”.
Event managers for venues start thinking about booking Christmas workshop tutors as early as June, and tickets are often snapped up by the end of September. But never fear, with so many Flowers from the Farm members offering festive sessions, dressing up wreath bases in all ways known to man and beast, you're sure to have something happening in your area. Some flower growers demonstrate how to wrangle willow wands into wreath bases to decorate with seasonal ingredients, others will take you foraging on their plots for pliable stems to twist into wild escaping wreath forms, and others will give your ready-mossed bases for you to fill with as many evergreens, feathers, ribbons and baubles as you can possibly cram into them.
Part of the success of Christmas wreath making sessions is that once people discover this gloriously creative way to kickstart the festive season, surrounded by the evocatively Christmassy scents of resinous evergreens, a wreath making workshop rapidly becomes part of a personal Christmas tradition, becoming a fixture on the calendar for groups of friends, as well as for mother and daughter moments.
To get your creative juices flowing, here are 10 wreaths, lovingly created with seasonal ingredients by members of Flowers from the Farm. How will you decorate yours?
An evocatively cosy display by www.toamountaindaisy.com, Lockerbie.
Fresh eucalyptus and dried helichrysums by www.howefarmflowers.com, Buckinghamshire.
Fully dressed in evergreen best by www.batchcottage.com, Somerset.
Wild and willowy by www.organicblooms.co.uk, Bristol.
Dramatic and delicate indoor wreath by www.henthornfarmflowers.co.uk, Lancashire
Textural and twiggy by www.damsonandvine.com, Shropshire
Keep it local - a Scottish borders wreath with heather by www.millpondflowerfarm.co.uk, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Make the most of moss. www.wildlybeautifulflowers.co.uk, Somerset.
Wound with wibbon. (sorry, couldn't help it). www.theyorkshireflowerpatch.co.uk, Yorkshire.
Always match your socks to your wreath. www.watchtheflowersgrow.co.uk, Cheshire