Creative? No, unless you want your containers to be as individual as the street corner Santa. Fresh, fragrant, long-lasting, and inexpensive are good reasons consumers seek spruce tops. The demand is huge, and they are not hard to find, they are seen in every lot of every box store around. This lack of creativity, although bothersome and a bit worrying, is not why I strongly object to using spruce tops.
Spruce tops are just that, the top chopped off a black spruce. Black spruce grow in bogs. Bogs are sensitive ecosystems with just the right acidic conditions to grow unique plants like the insect eating pitcher plant, and wild cranberries. Of course these unique conditions support a variety of unique animal life.
|black spruce bog|
I urge you to use your creativity, not be like everyone else. Forego the purchase of spruce tops, go for sustainable stems, rose hips, dried plant material...the possibilities are beautiful for your containers and the beleaguered bog.