It may seem far too early, but cut me some slack: I’ve decided this blog needs some festive cheer. Not the cheer-on-a-loop designed to sell things, but pure, just-for-the-fun-of-it cheer. In this post, I’ll be putting up some festive blornaments (= blog ornaments; see definition at the foot of this post). Alternative ones.
For my first blornaments, stars, I’ve chosen the annuals pictured above, which I found tumbling from a hanging basket at The Southport Flower Show and preserved in pixels to brighten a moment. To my way of thinking, if the flowers featuring the stars are miniature trumpets, so much the better.
Next I’m adding the natural red and green baubles of Tomato ‘Red Currant’, from the same show. These little orbs are as shiny as can be, and as my sweetheart says “when you’re tired of looking at them, you can eat them”. The real ones, that is, not the blornament version.
For bells, I offer you the wild harebells we found waving on wiry stems near my favourite pond in Lancashire. Though lavender-blue, I can imagine them making the same pure silvery notes as the sleigh bells that ring when Father Christmas arrives (the sound always brings back memories of reluctantly going up to bed on Christmas Eve after setting out his glass of milk and mince pie).
Then I’m adding a garland – English ivy will do the trick. If coleus and heuchera bring their colour to the party, the more, the merrier. And we need tassels. It’s the rule. Campanula ‘Pink Octopus’ – your moment has arrived!
For tinsel and lights, you’ll have to work with me a little. If I had firefly pictures, it would have been a cinch but as it is…
…tiarella flower spikes will be my lights, the tiny pink buds clustering at the top of each spike adding a warm, festive glow…
… and painted ferns will be my tinsel. Ok, it’s a stretch, but who said that tinsel ought to be long, thin strips? Everyone? Are you sure?
My sweetheart (seeing this and being less appreciative of the painted fern tinsel than I might have hoped) suggested his Spanish Moss would make better tinsel, with nandina berries as lagniappe. I’ll let you be the judge.
Finally, (you were afraid this was never going to end, weren’t you?) a fairy for the blog equivalent of the top of the tree. There are plenty to go around, so you can pick out any fairy you like, provided she’s pink. They’re not the plastic kind, so don’t forget to put her in a glass of water, or she’ll wilt.
Small thing used to decorate a blog that has no practical purpose other than to make it attractive.
plural noun: blornaments
verb: to blornament