Wel­come win­ter

The Peterborough Examiner - - ARTS & LIFE -

For this dec­o­ra­tive dis­play, Parks de­cided to steer clear of hol­i­day red. “I wanted some­thing that could still pass as fes­tive,” she said, “but would have a lit­tle bit of longevity.” She started with sturdy birch poles, cho­sen be­cause they’re easy to work with and pro­vide a stun­ning con­trast to ev­er­greens. She also used curly wil­low branches for height, and “one beefy” spruce top. While they are some­times overused, Parks re­lies on these hard­work­ing, con­i­cal branches to give shape to a de­sign. “They’re good as a base, but there are so many other types of greens to use,” in­clud­ing “flowy” Nor­way pine and “drapey” cedar, which she tucked in around the base of this pot to give it a soft, fin­ished look. For colour, she added fresh toy­an­berry, blue­bell eu­ca­lyp­tus and mag­no­lia leaves.

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