Antonia's Notebook: Christmas Trees
PUBLISHED: 10:46 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:13 20 February 2013
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Choosing the right tree
We like to get a real Christmas tree every year - could you tell us about the different types available?
Jemima Moon, of Wych Cross Garden Centre, Forest Row (01342 822705) says: There are two main types of tree used indoors. The Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is the traditional Christmas tree with plenty of twigs, a good full shape and a strong pine scent. The Nordman (Picea nordmanniana) has softer, thicker, dark green needles and is often billed as reduce drop but unless they are kept well watered they will still shed. If youre lucky you may spot a pot-grown variety of Picea pungens which can be a fabulous blue.
Cut trees are the most manageable to deal with. Chopping an inch off the bottom of the stem will enable it to suck up water more efficiently. Put it in water as soon as possible and keep it topped up regularly. Happy Decorating!
Festive foliage indoors
How can I decorate with winter foliage in a modern way?
As well as the sense of nostalgia that comes with the fragrances and colours of seasonal fruits and winter foliage, pine cones, berries, figs, oranges, mistletoe, eucalyptus, ivy and holly should also be utilised for their decorative properties.
Incorporating glass or mirrored objects adds a modern edge and tea lights will add to a festive display of reflected light. Display winter fruits or pine cones in contemporary glass vessels and stick to a limited colour scheme such as green and white to create a crisp feel.
If real foliage is inaccessible, The White Company is doing faux foliage sprays with champagne-coloured glitter (Brighton 01273 447061) and Heals have some lovely wreaths by Gisela Graham, pictured below (Brighton 01273 827300).
Have a reindeer at home
Im quite inspired to do a Scandinavian look this Christmas. Where can I find some nice wooden decorations?
With Father Christmas currently residing in Lapland, there is a strong association with Scandinavia when it comes to any Christmas paraphernalia.
John Lewis is doing a Nordic range which includes lots of red and white reindeer motifs along with some nice wooden decorative apples and pears that would look nice any time of year (www.johnlewis.com).
Velvet (Brighton 01273 326007 and Hove 01273 725992) has a charming Vintage range which includes wooden hearts and red Noel letter blocks.
Lastly, Id recommend www.swedishinteriordesign.co.uk, a Hove company stocking all sorts of Swedish antique furniture and accessories, including Christmas items (see below). This would be a good place for inspiration