If you've followed this blog for a long time you'll have seen quite a few of these -
the front door wreath made from whatever the garden will yield.
It seems fitting that at this turning point of the year we gather greenery and look forward, so decking our door are sprigs of pine, ivy, rosemary, bay, lavender, box, periwinkle, pyracantha, and one or two rosebuds.
"It is more than three hundred years since Francis Bacon advocated that 'There ought to be gardens for all the months of the year,' proceeding to relegate to the Winter months 'things that be greene' only. Laurels and Privets and Euonymus have ceased to satisfy the modern gardener. He wants flowers too, and the smallest garden may boast its patches of Cyclamen, bringing it Spring in Autumn and Summer in the clouded months of English Winter."
If you look back at that post you'll see mention of the sweet pea competition of 1911, the Borders village of Sprouston, and Denholm Fraser who was minister there at the time. I paid a visit to Sprouston when I was in the area the other day but was sorry to discover that the church - or 'Sweet Pea Kirk', as a banner at the gate proclaims it - was locked, and so I couldn't see the chancel, added by Rev. Fraser thanks to his sweet pea prize money, nor the embroidered pulpit falls which depict the flowers either side of a cross. I'd also like to have seen this piscina depicting a knight's head which is thought to date from between the 12th to the 15th centuries and which was found during the digging of Rev. Fraser's chancel foundations.