I always celebrate this season with a tree, of sorts. I can’t imagine not taking advantage of the occasion for a little creative display, and the opportunity to haul things from outdoors inside for a couple of weeks.
I do take liberty with the definition of “tree,” where’s the fun in the expected? In 2009 fresh from a trip to San Francisco, where we fell hard for giant tree ferns, our tree was a potted Dicksonia antarctica. By the time it went outside there were only a few happy fronds left (the indoor humidity was lacking), but it recovered quickly and lives on to this day.
If you’re wondering about that little guy with the big eyes (in front of the tree fern) that’s Tanuki, My husband brought him back from Japan. “The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary.” (source)
By 2011 I’d fallen hard for Blue Atlas Cedar and jumped at the chance to buy some cut branches. They were hung with long, dangling, ornaments and went in a vase. I also pulled out the vintage aluminum tree and decorated it as well. I’d bounced back from the minimalist leaning in 2010.
2012 was a big experiment. I wanted the sparkle of the aluminum tree but the smell of eucalyptus. Odd, but it worked.
Now it’s 2014 and this year’s tree consists of foraged branches attached to a tomato cage. Cut leucadendron stems are natural ornaments.