Earlier today, ‘Selfie’ was named Word of the Year by the Oxford Dictionaries. It brought to mind an earlier Word of the Year back in 2005 coined by Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report: truthiness.
Truthiness is “the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts.” That is how I feel about my garden wreath.
In concept I wish it were beautiful. If you look at a small corner of the wreath it’s pretty.
If I was going for truthiness I could call it a day. Alas, I’m a gardener that likes to keep it real.
The wreath had potential:
- A sturdy, but unobtrusive green metal base from a craft store
- Lovely hydrangeas, dried to a soft purple gray
- Long strands of velvety, purple sage
- Snippets of lavender here and there
- Bits of ribbon and a hair pin, no longer in use.
I wrapped strands of sage along the edges of the wreath, then placed three hydrangeas in a loose triangle. I added a small ribbon and a hair pin. It just wasn’t enough. I gathered lavender and added sprigs of that, then hung the wreath on the door, scattering dried flowers as I went.
The wreath lacks volume. Adding lavender made it smell nice, but it didn’t really help my cause. Every time I tried to ‘fluff it up,’ I made it worse. I found a few more hydrangeas, smaller and still green. Still not enough. Now I have dried petals all over the front porch. They continue to drop every time I close the door.
So, crafty friends, what’s a gardener to do? Should I hide my wreath of shame? I ordered a Christmas wreath from the local Boy Scouts. Maybe I should just wait for it to arrive.
Is there still hope for my garden wreath?
Suggestions welcome in the comments below.