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Holiday Grasses

Last year I was driving around Cape Cod and passed by this house where their ornamental grasses had been decorated for the holidays. Of course I love the way dried grasses look when left natural in the fall, but the artist in me saw the potential in those Miscanthus with bows, and this fall I decided to have some similar fun in my own landscape.

This was the house that inspired me to play with my grasses.

This was the house that inspired me to play with my grasses.

I went into my gardens with bark-covered wire, twine, assorted ribbons and the idea that anything goes!

First I tied up a Miscanthus 'Morning Light' and added a sparkly bow.

First I tied up a Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ and added a sparkly bow.

Next I braided a group of three Panicum virgatum. These looked whimsical enough that I decided that they didn't need colorful ribbons.

Next I braided a group of three Panicum virgatum. These looked whimsical enough that I decided that they didn’t need colorful ribbons. I can see that these could be made into fantasy animals or woody figures. Who needs a snowman when you can have a grassman? 

A twig bow was appropriate, however, and added to the whimsy.

A twig bow was appropriate, however, and added to the whimsy.

Finally, I took some net ribbon and wound up three Miscanthus. I can see other possibilities here...red "candy cane" type ribbons spiraling up, or trimmed, topairy tops.

Finally, I took some net ribbon and wound up three Miscanthus. I can see other possibilities here…red “candy cane” type ribbons spiraling up, or trimmed, topairy tops.

Next week I might do something with the Hakon grass in the perennial bed….

If you decide to play with your ornamental grasses this holiday season, send me a photo!

 

 

 

 

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The Local Juice

Slightly spicy, earthy and full-flavored, this juice is delicious. I can almost feel it jump-starting my immune system!

I discovered a drink that tastes like my garden: healthy, fresh and just a tad earthy. It’s made by a Cape Cod Company called The Local Juice. Although I realize that followers of this blog who are not on Cape might not have access to this juice, I must write about it here so that

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Watering Houseplants

This tray collects any water that flows out of the plants when they are well watered. If too much water remains in the tray it's easy to soak it up with an old terrycloth towel. Note that the old myth about being able to raise humidity around plants with a tray of pebbles and water is just that: a myth. (Read "Coffee for Roses" for the truth about this and the often-recommended practice of misting plants as well!)

I think that the main reason people kill indoor plants is poor watering practices. Many people are prone to watering too little or too much, and these extremes kill plants. Here’s how to water a houseplant well:

1. Be sure that there is a deep saucer or a tray under all of your plants. If you

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Name: Honey Nut Squash

Type of Plant:  A fantastic small winter squash for growing on a trellis or other support in full sun.

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How to Make a Pony or Horse Wreath

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Pony and horse holiday door decorations have been all over Facebook and Pinterest lately, so it wasn’t surprising to me that a customer came into the garden center with this image on her phone. “Can you make one of these for me?” she asked. “I tried calling this place to order one but their Facebook

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Words To Live By

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Take it to heart

“Don’t Piss Off The Fairies” Outdoor Wall Plaque