Not Quite as Chilly

IMG_3712Although northernmost parts of the UK were battered by winds and high tides and the threat of snow at the start of the week, here in the Midlands we have seen a fair bit of sunshine and probably quite average December temperatures with only a half-brisk breeze. Focussing on seasonal tasks, I managed to get a wreath made for our front door and my rationale was justified when we opened the door yesterday to a giggling friend.

IMG_3714Every time this friend has visited in recent weeks I have offered her some chillies, the fruits of a number of seedlings given to me by another friend but masquerading as peppers. I had agreed to some mild yellow chillies, but the hot red ones were not part of the bargain and are not on the Golfer’s or my favourites list. Like the yellow chillies and various peppers they have done exceedingly well this year, but I still had a bowlful of them and they were probably destined for the compost heap. However, when I came to pick our variegated holly for the wreath it was virtually devoid of berries – definitely not stripped by birds this time although they have been in the past, so perhaps the consequence of this year’s odd weather patterns? Although the usual ivy foliage and flowers were added to the wire circle along with the holly there was a distinct lack of colour – but having seen articles suggesting the use of chillies in a wreath (and oranges and sprouts, but perhaps not all together..) I risked hot fingers or worse and threaded wire through and tied them in.

The aforementioned Giggling Friend knew exactly why they were there – so hurrah! it’s not as chilli here now!

ps reading about last year’s wreath I note that berries were in short supply then too, but blame then was laid at the door of the Golfer and the loppers…..

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19 Responses to Not Quite as Chilly

  1. Christina says:

    Chillies are said to bring good luck here in Italy so often people have a plastic one in their bag or car, but they also have a sexual connotation, The shape presumably reminding some-one in the past of the male …….!

  2. susan troccolo says:


  3. Brian Skeys says:

    I think that is the ideal way to use red hot chillies! Lovely Christmas Wreath.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Fabulous – the chillies are very festive looking 🙂

  5. johnvic8 says:

    What a clever idea…to use the chilies for holiday color on a most beautiful wreath.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Nicely done Cathy.

  7. Cathy says:

    They go perfectly and will bring a smile to all your visitors’ faces I’m sure!

  8. Chloris says:

    I love your wreath. The chillies brighten it up but they are good for cooking with too as long as you don’ t overdo it. They look like Apache which I always grow. They look pretty on the plant as well, much nicer than those horrible Winter Cherrry plant you see so much of at this time of the year, which are poisonous, and not cherries at all . Are you going to save some seed and grow some next year?

  9. Annette says:

    I love this combination but sadly this year wasn’t a good one for our chillies. Just made a wreath for our door -just plain box- but the other day I used holly for individual little vases and wrote our dinner guests’ names on the leaves which looked very pretty. Outside the birds get the berries in no time.

  10. Love the creativity on the wreath, it would be interesting to see what caused the lack of berries

  11. rusty duck says:

    Great idea. Last time I was near a holly bush there were loads of berries. What’s the betting when I go back to collect them there are none.

  12. rickii says:

    I’ve always loved the strings of lights that are chilis, so these seem like no stretch at all to find very festive.

    • Cathy says:

      We have a string of the red ‘cherry’ lights in our magnolia that I can see from our kitchen window – I love them 🙂

  13. Brilliant use of your chilies!

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