Living and blooming tabletop wreath Bright winter flowers and small ferns, tucked into a wreath ofgreen moss, make a handsome holiday centerpiece.
To make one about 14 inches in diameter, you’ll need 6 to 9plants in 4-inch pots (good choices include primroses, kalanchoe,miniature cyclamen, African violets, and small ferns); a piece of 2-inchmesh chicken wire 50 inches long by 12 inches wide; an 820-cubic-inchbag of sphagnum peat moss; a small spool of flexible wire; and six tonine 4-inch sections of old nylon stockings. Wear gloves. Follow drawings at left for making wreath frame: 1. Bend chickenwire into a cylinder and twist cut ends together. 2. Bend cylinder inhalf toward center. Then turn so opening is up, and bend edges of wiretoward each other, leaving a gap between them. 3.
Line frame insideand out with moss, poking it into mesh. 4. Wrap with wire to keep mossin place. Slip plants into frame between wires, spacing them evenly aroundthe wreath. (To keep rootballs intact, first slip them into sections ofnylon stocking.) Water wreath. Keep in a bright, cool spot. Water to keep roots moist; mist mossoften.
Plants should thrive indoors up to two weeks. After theholidays, move plants to permanent quarters. Photo: Chubby yellow candles glow above moss wreath inset withyellow primroses, small ferns. Plastic-lined tray underneath catchesdrips. Keep moss and plants well away from flame