Bishop Hill has been extremely hot and dry all summer and the beautiful daylilies that covered the front bank of littlebrick this June quickly turned to sun-baked twigs when temps hovered around 100 degrees in July.
One sizzling morning last week I decided to pull the bindweed and lily stems that had become a such a sorry sight out front.
Even with a helper, it took most of the day.
Later, as I piled the clippings high on the burn pile, I was struck by the lovely texture of the twigs. I put my matches away when better idea came to mind.
Quickly I gathered handfuls of the stems and wired them to a vine base. The resulting wreath was spectacular! No one would ever guess that such rustic charm could be fashioned from garden waste!
I made several wreaths that afternoon and bunched the remaining stems for future projects. I am delighted to have found such beauty at my feet. From this year forward I will collect my daylily stems each August and remember this fortuitous discovery with a smile! Find these spectacular wreaths for sale here: