Sabattus — A gorgeous fir wreath purchased by Donna Fornier in November is taking on a real distinct shade of brown, according to sources familiar with the matter.
“I’d say the chlorophyll in those needles is just about gone,” said botanist Linda Duquette.
“Chlorophyll is vital for photosynthesis, and gives plants their distinctive green color,” she said. When a plant is dead, it loses the green hue.
“That wreath was probably tied at the end of October, perhaps early November, so yeah. Really starting to lose all that nice green.”
Previous to losing its color, the wreath also lost its flocked red ribbon with the words “MERRY XMAS” printed on them, as well as a small set of plastic globes designed to mimic the look of glass Christmas ornaments.
Fornier said she’s asked her husband several times to remove the wreath, but he always forgets.
“I could do it myself, but I forget, too. We make quite a pair,” she said of husband Travis Fornier.
Thousands of wreaths across the state are also taking on a somber, brown tone as they dry out and lose all their vitality hanging on the front door of Maine homes. Some will remain as late as April, others even longer.
“My husband figures once March hits and we get a couple good windstorms, the wreath will be taken care of,” Fornier said.