The last time we were decorating trees it was Christmas. This, however, is an entirely different kind of tree – light, fresh and spring-like. And it’s very welcome after the dark days of January and February. For me, Easter is all about stepping into the light again – a gateway into warmer and more optimistic days. Oh, and maybe a chocolate egg or two.
I like to make an egg tree every Easter, using whatever comes to hand in my garden. Ideally, you want some twiggy bits, strong enough to hold heavier decorations, and some lighter green stems with a few buds or blossoms on them.
Easter is early this year, so my garden is still a little bare. I gathered some stems of flowering Kerria, a few bare twigs and some dried pussy willow I’d saved from last year. If you don’t have anything suitable in your garden try gathering some branches and twigs on a walk – or look at a market or a florist for some pussy willow.
I put everything in water in a large vintage pot with a narrow neck – which hold the sticks upright nicely. If you’re using a jug or bucket with a wider neck, try using some Oasis to keep your twigs and stems upright.
Once you’re happy with your twigs, decorate them with lots of hanging Easter decorations. Don’t overload it – I think it’s prettier when it’s quite simple and sparse (the very opposite to my approach to Christmas decorations). It should last at least a week, maybe even two. If you’ve chosen stems with buds, watch them unfurl as the time passes.
An Easter display is also the perfect time to get out one of my favourite vintage Ladybird books, What to Look for in Spring. And how perfect is this little spring posy, freshly picked from my garden? Grape Hyacinths are one of my favourites and I was thrilled to find a few hiding away in my flower bed.
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