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Decorating in Mid-Winter

The finishing touch was to string some outdoor LED micro-lights around the trellis. Why should tiny lights be confined to the Christmas season?

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 wreath stayed on the front of my

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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 chain instead of a

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Make A Rustic Trellis For Annual Vines

Cut your branches to be the height and width that will fit in the location where you will mount or hang the trellis. Lay them out on a flat surfce to determine which branch will go where.

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.

Ingredients: Sturdy branches that are either relitively newly cut

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Tillandsia (Air Plant) Chandelier

Here's how the finished piece looks under my grape arbor. Once the grapes are fully leafed out these plants will love the dappled light here! Until then, I'll place this in a bright location where they won't get dead-on sun.

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 Lavendar , 20-Pack (I had these in my craft supplies already. Purpose

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Constructing A Plant Hut or Tipi

Looking from the other direction we see the entry to this shelter.

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 if you aren’t making a

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Plant A Garden With A Message

Here's the finished garden. There's no ambiguity in this note to Winter, right?  How can it possibly still hang around now that we've made ourselves crystal clear?

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 understand that it’s no longer welcome. Winter must

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