WINTER CITRUS

Did you know that you can purchase locally grown Meyer lemons? Well you can.

While I normally make lemon curd or sorbet with my lemons, this yearI got it into my head that I wanted to make a citrus wreath for myself for the new year. I crave bringing fresh elements into the house throughout the winter, for the boost they give me. I began with a call to Hoen's Garden Center . The plan was to have lemons with plenty of foliage still attached, so I asked if I could come take a look at their very old lemon tree (it's huge, for a lemon tree in Ohio!). Stephanie, who is responsible for Hoen's lovely photography and marketing, was very generous and let my husband, Sam, and I snip to our hearts content. So while Sam, a chef, is working on edibles and I will be enjoying our new wreath...

I did add bay leaf, rosemary, cedar and magnolia branches to give more texture and support, which I was pretty sure would be needed as the lemon foliage dried. My new clippers, a gift from Sam matched the job perfectly!

Even a few unripened baby lemons got tucked into this lovely winter arrangement...

Even a few unripened baby lemons got tucked into this lovely winter arrangement...