Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What goes into making a great Christmas wreath

Today we're going to chat about what goes into making a Wreath. Most of the greens we use, except for Magnolia leaves & Boxwood, are sourced from Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. Greens are picked after the greens have gone through a "hardening- off" period, i.e. 2-3 nights of consecutive below zero temperatures.  Wreaths stay green for a longer period of time, lasting well into February. 
If Wreaths are in full sun and direct wind, they will not last as long and will turn yellow. The wreath above is our deluxe square evergreen. 

Many hours are spent collecting cedar, white pine, balsam, red pine, and birch. 

And red osier Dogwood branches. These look amazing in planters and evergreen pots. 

Our Evergreen and Magnolia wreaths are lush and really make a statement. 

We add wired ribbon bows, pine cones, bells, stars, and other embellishments. 

Every Wreath made here at The Camellia is hand wired, as opposed to being glued. This means that your wreath should not fall apart with normal use. 

Here is a close-up of a big box store Wreath, see all that glue? It holds for a while, then the components of the wreath fall off. This leads to more tossing into the landfill. 

This is one of our wreaths, which was outside, in a covered deck, this is what it looked like in April, it was made in November of the year before.  

When you are buying a Wreath this Christmas season, think about buying locally. Here at The Camellia, we have a limited number of fresh wreaths. And next time you go to a Hand-made show, don't assume that the artisan has a truckload of wreaths, it takes many hours of hard work to produce a wreath. Here at The Camellia we are now taking orders for fresh wreaths, with a delivery date of Dec. 1st or 2nd. 2015.
Our Christmas Open house is coming up this weekend, November 21, 22. 2015
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. p(807)475-3551

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