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Decorating in Mid-Winter

Decorating in Mid-Winter

I'm a person who often leaves Christmas lights and holiday decor up as long as possible...sometimes too long. I remember the year when I finally went to take down my wreath in the spring and birds had nested in it. Since I couldn't disrupt the nesting wrens, the...

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Plant A Rain Chain

Plant A Rain Chain

When I was speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle I passed by the Cowdawg Creations booth and saw their Water Lily rain chains. It was love at first sight and I knew immediately what I would do with one. My house isn't suited for using a rain...

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Make A Rustic Trellis For Annual Vines

Make A Rustic Trellis For Annual Vines

I wanted to grow some moonflower vine by my deck but there wasn't the perfect place to put a trellis. Unless I was willing to suspend something from the nearby deck framing. That open space, and some cedar branches, came together in the following weekend project....

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Tillandsia (Air Plant) Chandelier

Tillandsia (Air Plant) Chandelier

As I was pondering how I'd keep my Tillandsia plants happy outdoors this year, my eyes fell on a wire chandelier style candle holder. Perfect! I used the following materials: Cling florist clay Bark-covered wire Green Craft Wire CedarFresh Cedar Flower Rings with...

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Constructing A Plant Hut or Tipi

Constructing A Plant Hut or Tipi

This summer, why not plant a hut, tipi, or other shelter? These are easy to make and fun to cover with a variety of fast growing, annual vines. Here's what you need: Stakes, sticks, or poles - green/fresh wood is best because it's pliable but dried canes can be used...

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Plant A Garden With A Message

Plant A Garden With A Message

If people were fleeing from you in droves and trying to get as far from you as they could...if they were grumbling about your presence, or out-and-out swearing at you for being near them, you'd take the hint and leave, right? Unfortunately winter just doesn't seem to...

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Painted Objects for Garden Displays

Painted Objects for Garden Displays

No matter where you live, winter can be dreary. Today it occurs to me that a great winter pick-me-up just might be found in a few cans of paint. This display of cut flowers, seen at a general store on Martha's Vineyard, pretty much sums it up. Old florist buckets made...

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Making Cane Toppers

Making Cane Toppers

What's a cane topper? It's an attractive way to cover the ends of bamboo, metal or wooden stakes in the garden. In a pot or in the ground, gardeners often use a group of three to five stakes around plants to create a pleasing support. But sometimes just tying those...

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Frame a Garden View

Frame a Garden View

Whether it's winter or summer, what we see in our gardens can sometimes be complemented or enhanced by framing the view. You might have seen people who mount an empty old window frame in their gardens and the view through that border makes what we see have an...

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Garden Signs

Garden Signs

Do you have need to label an area of your garden? Let me suggest using press-on vinyl letters. These are available in more interesting fonts than the usual "name on the mailbox" block lettering as well as classic fonts such as Helvetica. C-Thru Vinyl Letters, 4-Inch,...

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