On the steps of the church up the street from me there are some lovely outdoor arrangements in place, giving the large stone building some touches of holiday warmth for Christmas. The design of the arrangements is simple and practical, but visually stunning. The arrangements were created by Sheridan Nurseries, a garden center that has been operating in Toronto since 1911.
This is one of several heavy iron urns around the church filled with gorgeous greenery: cedar boughs and magnolia branches, interspersed with large amber ornaments. The effect is rich, rustic and warm. (Click to enlarge.)
The magnolia branches, with their two-tone leaves and stiff formation, bring texture, depth, shadow and form to the arrangement. The cedar boughs add softness with their cascading placement at the bottom of the arrangement and the ornaments bring a festive sparkle. The colour choice is perfect.
It was the amber-coloured orbs that first caught my eye from a distance, sparkling radiantly in the sun.