Fresh Herbal Wreath

Fresh Herbal Wreath
Fresh Herbal Wreath

Summer is winding down, the nights are getting cooler, and I looked at my overflowing herb plants for inspiration. Preserving some of the garden bounty for the fall and winter is easy with culinary herbs. A quick project using fresh herbs that are pliable and fragrant, you can whip up a simple wreath that will dry in a week or two. Hanging conveniently in the kitchen, it is easy to break off a sprig to add zest to your cooking.

Materials for herbal wreath-Sage, tarragon, rosemary, cockscomb, globe amaranth, bay, dill, african blue basil, lavender, scented geranium
Materials for herbal wreath-Sage, tarragon, rosemary, cockscomb, globe amaranth, bay, dill, african blue basil

Basket and clippers in hand, I browsed through my gardens snipping off herbs that I often use in cooking, adding some globe amaranth Pink Zazzle, and Cockscomb to add a zing of color. Pink Zazzle Gomphrena has a straw like texture, so is easy to work into the wreath.

Wire wreath base
Wire wreath base

Using a performed wire wreath base to start ( I used a 14″ one), cut your herbs into short 6 inch lengths and lay the pieces into the base. I had lots of rosemary and lavender so used these as a fragrant base. Wind a continuous strand of florist wire around the base, keeping the short pieces firmly attached to the base. Use plenty of material as the herbs will shrink as they dry, leaving empty spaces.

Wire your herb pieces into the base
Wire your herb pieces into the base

Start bundling your herbs together using green florist pipe cleaners so you can easily attach them to the base.

Herb bundle wrapped with florist pipe cleaner
Herb bundle wrapped with florist pipe cleaner

Start attaching the bundles one at a time, moving around the wreath, overlapping one on top of another, hiding the pipe cleaner.

Wire your bundles, over lapping them around the wreath
Wire your bundles, over-lapping them around the wreath
Just about done with the bundled herbs
Just about done with the bundled herbs

When you have covered the base thoroughly with herb bundles, I like to add some color. Here I used pink cockscomb and globe amaranth which dries nicely.

Herbal wreath with finishing touches
Herbal wreath with finishing touches

Letting the wreath dry flat ensures that the herbs won’t sag or droop down as it dries. This takes about 2-3 weeks and you are ready to hang. After about a week, the herbs were shrinking so much, that I decided to add bunches of fresh thyme to fill the gaps. So, don’t hesitate to use loads of herbs to thoroughly cover the wreath base when you first make it.

Dried wreath
Dried wreath

 

11 Replies to “Fresh Herbal Wreath”

  1. JUST WANTS TO FILL IN SOMETHING I HAVE DISCOVERED ABOUT THE PINK ZAZZLE I STUMBLED UPON THE PLANT IN JUNE AT HOME DEPOT FLA TOOK IT HOME , THE FLOWERS LASTED FOR CLOSE TO 3 MONTH THEN IT LOOK PALE IN COLORI DECIDED TO CUT THE CLOSE TO DEAD FLOWERS OFF PRUNE THE DEAD LEAVES ADD A LITTLE EXTRA SOIL THEN I NOTICE THE LEAVES GOT BRIGHTER AND NEW LEAVES START TO COME OUT IN THE AREAS THAAT WAS PRUNE I ALSO NOTICE WATERING IS BEST WHEN. THE SOIL ITS IN SEEMS DRY AND A LITTLE AWAY FROM THE POTI AM NOW IN THE PROCESS OF ROOTING FROM THIS PLANT I THINH I WILL BE TAKING A PIECE OF THE PLANT WAY DOWN TO THE SOIL WITTH A LITTLE ROOT I ALSO ADDED A LITTLE BETTER GROW BROMELIAD AND ORCHID FOOD 11-11-18

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