Hello, how are you? I can't quite believe the end of January will soon be here. For me, this month has flown by, which is unusual for me! I honestly put it down to my new mind-set of embracing January to its fullest and filling my days with nothing but joy, however big or small.
In the midst of winter, I have found myself looking within; closely observing the nature that surrounds me, and to my surprise, nature has so much more to offer than I first expected. However, I needn't be so worried about the scarcity of flowers during the winter season. The abundance of dried material is ever present and intriguing shapes and textures offer more than enough inspiration.
Don’t forget the evergreens...
Regardless of the season, we are always treated to the most wonderful evergreens. They become even more apparent during winter with no other plants or trees to compete with. Their beauty shines bright and they are recognised from afar. You can find cascading ivy vines, scented rosemary bushes, bay trees, pine, holly, and juniper (the list could go on and on!)
Vibrant greens in the midst of winter
The foliage we strongly associate with the festive season; like Pine, Holly, Cypress, and Ivy; can still be used to adorn our homes and dress our tables; but this time with a new lease of life. Maybe a foliage filled vase, or a few bud vases of evergreens; these little additions remind us of the life that is always there, even in the toughest of winters when it can be more difficult to notice. I like to bring inside herbs, branches, twigs, and dried relics.
Scroll down to find my foraging tips, before heading out to bring a touch of nature indoors this season.
MY FORAGING TIPS
1. Only take what you need. It is important to only take a few branches or cuttings from each tree or plant, remembering that they serve as a habitat for wildlife, and are an integral part of nature’s cycle of life.
2. Consult your local foraging guidelines. Some trees and plants are protected by law which means you are not permitted to take them. Different rules and regulations apply to different regions and countries, so do your own research.
3. Ask permission. When foraging on land that is not your own, you must always ask permission from the landowner.
4. Identify correctly. A lot of plants and flowers look very similar, they all have their own unique properties, but bear in mind that some can be toxic. Consult a foraging handbook for more information, plus they are super handy for identifying new discoveries on your walks!