In A Vase On Monday – Rose and Privet Wreath


This week, I was inspired to make a simple wreath from the bright green, first year canes of wild roses (Rosa multiflora), which grow rampantly all over our property, an unwelcome, thorny invasive. The birds love the red 1/4″ hips and spread the seeds far and wide. Once the plant reaches maturity, it forms an impenetrable thicket, making it a favorite hideout of cottontail rabbits and small birds.

IMG_9366Remarkably, the young canes are relatively free of thorns, which apparently develop in the second year. I only encountered one small thorn as I wove this wreath, sitting in the sun on one of the warmer days this week. IMG_9364Measuring about six inches in diameter, I added a few privet berries (Ligustrum vulgare), another invasive (!) and a jute bow.

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes.

IMG_9365Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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87 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Rose and Privet Wreath

  1. Trini Lind says:

    I love your beautiful wreath! 💖💖

  2. Cath says:

    Those invasive plants can be so appealing if you find a use for them, not that I’m a big fan of Privet. The list of things that could be invasive seems to include most things the birds like eating.
    The bright green of the rose stems is very appealing with the dark berries. I’m wondering how you display these, do you hang them on the door or bring them inside?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cath. This one I left outside, but I think it would wear better if I brought it in, as it has started to darken with the freezing weather. I might try another to see if it keeps the green better inside.

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Simple yet so attractive. I never thought to use rose canes – must give it a try.

  4. Val Boyko says:

    Beautifully simple and simply beautiful!

  5. Noelle says:

    What a lovely wreath, simple yet so beautiful

  6. Ann @ Ann Edwards Photography says:

    I love the utter simplicity of your wreath. I have made one too this week!

  7. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Simplicity in awesome gorgeousness. Great creativity going on with you, Eliza. Very cool!!! Sending Love, Amy ❤

  8. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Your wreath is so beautiful, Eliza! I hope you do not mind if I steal the idea!

  9. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    What a great idea!

  10. It’s so beautiful.

  11. Brian Skeys says:

    I would never of thought of using rose canes to create a reath,
    Simple but effective.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The green is really attractive and stays that color on the plant all winter, when there isn’t much green around, so it is appreciated for that, but when it is older, it is a menace! Thanks for stopping by, Brian.

  12. Kris P says:

    What a clever use of invasive plants, Eliza! The wreath is simple and very pretty – perfect for the beginning of winter.

  13. Cathy says:

    So simple and so effective – and a great way of using ‘unwanted’ plants too!
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. ladyfi says:

    Wonderfully simple and gorgeous.

  15. It looks lovely. I thought you were being unnecessarily masochistic weaving with thorny roses, until I read your second paragraph.

  16. I’ve been wanting to try weaving a wreath. I’m pretty bad at it. When I tried with grape vines it came out all lumpy. I didn’t know that about young rose canes. That seems like a really good use for the darned things. Another bad one, Oriental bittersweet, I see growing all over the place in a nearby wood. It sure is pretty, but what a strangler.

  17. Julie says:

    What a beautiful wreath – I thought you had used a willow or dogwood so was surprised to learn it was a rose stem. At least you can appreciate some beauty from an unwanted invader!

  18. LightWriters says:

    the fine art of simplicity! Beautiful!!

  19. Heather says:

    I love your wreath! The green is so fresh 🙂 *Sneaks off to see how difficult it is to make a wreath*

    • Eliza Waters says:

      😀 Very easy! Cut canes (or grapevine, or any other pliable material). Choose one of the largest ones and curve into a simple bow circle the size you want, then weave the remainder in and around until used up. Continue weaving the rest of the pieces in the same way, keeping an eye on symmetry as you go around, until it becomes the size you want. The first effort might be loose, but with practice, you’ll tighten up as you learn how the material works. Good luck!

  20. ladygrace33 says:

    Aw… so simple yet so beautiful 🙂

  21. the simplicity of this was so elegant.

  22. arlingwoman says:

    I like this. If only my nearby roses had as few thorns, but there is alternative vegetation to give it a try with. The berries are a really nice addition!

  23. homeslip says:

    I love this Eliza. I nearly picked some privet today too when I noticed its blue/black berries. I think many Monday bloggers will be copying this simple but so beautiful wreath.

  24. dianaed2013 says:

    A great way to enjoy the sunshine and enjoy nature

  25. Looks great Eliza. Love it.

  26. Eliza I love this wreath….I have the same invasive rose I have been digging out whenever I find it. Now I know I could be doing so much more with it.

  27. Hannah says:

    The twisted stems and black berries make a very interesting wreath, Eliza, it was clever of you to find a use for the invasive plants.

  28. Julie says:

    I really love this Eliza, I have been vaguely experimenting with wreaths and looking at pinterest ideas but this is so simple and so stylish, just gorgeous!

  29. That is beautiful, I should love it on my door. Clever you

  30. Robin says:

    How pretty! And I learned something new. We have both privet and multi-flora roses here, and had to a major clean up of them the first year we were here (the multi-flora roses were everywhere!). It’s nice to see them used in a beautiful way. I didn’t know that about the rose canes. Most that I encountered during out clean-up left me bleeding and with an almost new piercing in one ear. lol! We still have plenty in the thickets for the rabbits and birds, and maybe I’ll give this a try.

  31. Eliza, this is absolutely lovely. Its simplicity speaks volumes. You hit a home run, friend. 🙂

  32. Cathy says:

    That is so lovely, and I am glad you have found good use of those otherwise unwelcome canes. 🙂

  33. Kathy Sturr says:

    I love a simple wreathe created only from nature Eliza – beautiful. Merry.

  34. I love that you used the invasive species for this – and that you’re still able to find things in the garden to use for the ‘vase’!

  35. Very beautiful!! I love the simplicity and how you took something unpleasant and turned it into something beautiful!

  36. Love the simplicity of this wreath! Have you ever thought about making a book out of your wonderful arrangements and wreaths?

  37. Great colors with the green and purple, I am embarrassed to say I like the vile Privet berries! Maybe we should start an invasive wreath collective!

  38. Such wonderful delights for the soul…

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