Gardener's Grapevine 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

This week as we move closer to Thanksgiving, let’s think of everything in our lives we have to be thankful for.

We still live in a great country with the ability to free think. I am especially thankful that one of my family members made it through a major and serious surgical procedure last week. I am thankful for all the vegetables that were plentiful to my family this summer and are put up in the pantry for winter. I am also thankful for all the people who tell me they enjoy this column. I’d like to say thank you for the support.

With all the things in my life I am thankful for, let’s talk this week about preparing for your day of thankfulness. Most people prepare a big meal or share in one. If you are the gardener in the family or just someone who enjoys a nice centerpiece, it is easy and very inexpensive to make one on your own. I know many of you are saying, “No way, I can’t do that.”

To begin, think about what you have on hand. Do you have candles, a large bowl or a favorite fall figurine? Just about anything can be worked in. Take a tour around your yard to see what you have left such as ornamental grass, sticks, holly bush cuttings, pine cones, thistles, cattails, evergreen trimmed from a tree.

Here are a few ideas:

Take a large bowl, put a pillar candle or candle stick with a tall taper in the middle, fill around the candle with pine cones.

Use a tall vase, a globe from a candle holder or any tall object that can hold something upright and put whatever you are using in the upright container, and mix it up anyway you want. Tie a wire-edged ribbon around the container in a bow. 

Another quick option is to lay some evergreen boughs in the center of the table, tuck pillar candles (they can be different heights) into the boughs randomly and add some pine cones or holly clippings randomly. If you like and can tie basic ribbon bows, tuck some in wherever it suits you.

See even the folks working in a flower shop are putting together what they have as their idea of an attractive arrangement. You have the advantage when it is for your own table in that you don’t have to make it so anyone can carry or transport it. Once you have it like you want, set the table and enjoy. What have you got to lose in trying? You can always ditch it and start over or purchase something. Using what is available keeps you “green” and is a reminder to everyone to be thankful for all you have been given. Appreciating family friends and blessings keeps all of us humble.

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