We are all in a second lockdown. So why not opt for sorting out Christmas. I am on a huge estate here in Tuscany Italy, Fattoria Mansi Bernardini living the Al Fresco lifestyle.
So for Christmas, it doesn’t mean that I have to cut back on the beauty. By drying out plants when everyone else’s decorations are coming down, I’m keeping them there until spring.
The endless amount of organic Christmas decorations available to me is why. I am getting ready for the festive season of December.
Each day I add to my home more and more plants.
Sustainability is what driving me regarding the decor. With so much access to nature, I am going to be creative. The waste associated with Christmas, is just mammoth, including the seven million or so trees that are discarded each year. It feels wrong.
‘The Christmas tree is a beautiful tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
Here on the estate, I may very well opt for an olive tree. Right now the olive trees are being pruned, therefore plenty of branches to use to create a very local Christmas tree.
Opt for more creative spaces the access to nature in the villa makes this the most sustainable Christmas decor I have ever done.
Pyracantha is just the perfect organic garden Christmas decoration. They are robust, look great and can be used to set the festive mood.
Pyracantha (from Greek pyr “fire” and akanthos “thorn”, hence firethorn) is a genus of large, thorny evergreen shrubs in the family Rosaceae, with common names firethorn or pyracantha. They are native to an area extending from Southwest Europe east to Southeast Asia.
I have already decorated my window and lounge rooms with loads of them.
The red and green are so very festive. I did not have to spray paint them.
This is my bedroom window. I sleep with them as they are just stunning to look at. Good for my mental wellbeing and sleepless nights.