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Collect a few lichen-covered branches or twigs with catkins, depending on what is available in the countryside around you. I used blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and alder (Alnus glutinosa), with its catkins and tiny cone-like fruits and purple leaf buds, which grows by damp wooded areas near streams. Or pick hazel or birch for their similar habit. Keep the moss and the plants moist by watering on mild days. 1 Shake excess soil off four hellebore plants and swaddle their roots individually with sphagnum moss, securing with twine. 2 Use small pot-grown Helleborus niger plants, which are inexpensive, with shorter stems and smaller root balls. 3 Tie string to a raised wire wreath ring, and start filling it with moss, using the string to hold it in place as you go. 4 Place the hellebore bundles equally around the wreath and tie firmly several times with the string each time. Insert a selection of twigs for another layer of texture. You can also use this as an outdoor table centrepiece or a display with other plants, candles and lanterns.
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