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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.

Dis­cover more about Bea’s one-toone work­shops and read her blog at botanikaflo­ral.co.uk.

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