Living and blooming tabletop wreath Essay

Living and blooming tabletop wreath

Bright winter flowers and small ferns, tucked into a wreath of
green moss, make a handsome holiday centerpiece.

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To make one about 14 inches in diameter, you’ll need 6 to 9
plants in 4-inch pots (good choices include primroses, kalanchoe,
miniature cyclamen, African violets, and small ferns); a piece of 2-inch
mesh chicken wire 50 inches long by 12 inches wide; an 820-cubic-inch
bag of sphagnum peat moss; a small spool of flexible wire; and six to
nine 4-inch sections of old nylon stockings. Wear gloves.

Follow drawings at left for making wreath frame: 1. Bend chicken
wire into a cylinder and twist cut ends together. 2. Bend cylinder in
half toward center. Then turn so opening is up, and bend edges of wire
toward each other, leaving a gap between them. 3. Line frame inside
and out with moss, poking it into mesh. 4. Wrap with wire to keep moss
in place.

Slip plants into frame between wires, spacing them evenly around
the wreath. (To keep rootballs intact, first slip them into sections of
nylon stocking.) Water wreath.

Keep in a bright, cool spot. Water to keep roots moist; mist moss
often. Plants should thrive indoors up to two weeks. After the
holidays, move plants to permanent quarters.

Photo: Chubby yellow candles glow above moss wreath inset with
yellow primroses, small ferns. Plastic-lined tray underneath catches
drips. Keep moss and plants well away from flame


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