Let's think about a rustic take on Christmas, birch in particular, and all it's uses
While guiding my tour group through a stunning private garden once, in the Cotswolds, England, we turned a bend and came upon a glistening spread of birch. Shockingly white I asked our hostess how the birch stand remained so white. "My maid fairies them weekly", she replied flippantly without losing stride.Not wanting to be visibly ignorant I just nodded. Later i discovered that 'Fairy' was a widely used dish detergent. THIS WOMAN HAD HER STAFF WASH THE BIRCH TREES WEEKLY!
A stand of ready to use logs fires my imagination.
Here we are looking down on one of my containers. The birch used is a skin, held in place with boughs inside that are penetrating the soil beneath.
Traditionally the log was signed by all guests and family entertained over the holiday season. Only the whitest and smoothest was chosen. On Christmas Eve the log was burned with the family's collective sins, trespasses and negative experiences. The ashes were spread where new crops were to sprout the following spring in the spirit of reconciliation and renewal.
(how could that be?!), feast your eyes on these gorgeous outdoor containers
Wishing all of you a lovely week of decorating, friends and family, parties & shopping!