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Painted Objects for Garden Displays

Pick bright colors that speak to you and group several together. Three different shades is better than two, and five is better than three. Seven is even more preferable....well, you see where this is going!

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 more cheerful with assorted

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Making Cane Toppers

Or wooden bird ornaments...

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 poles at the top isn’t

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Frame a Garden View

Thanks for the inspiration.

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 importance that we otherwise wouldn’t notice. Perhaps

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Garden Signs

I love the look of galvanized metal in the garden, so in this area I used several old containers that function as planters and 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, Nuevo Font, Black (RPN4-CN BLK/15859)

I used these to

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Backyard Greens and Supermarket Flowers

This was the last arrangement I made and when I was putting it together I wanted an element that was lighter in color. So I went out into the yard and picked up a bunch of twigs that had lichen on them, and added these to the arrangement. Plus the checked bow.

One of the pleasures of any winter holiday is making table arrangements using backyard greens and flowers from the supermarket. Here is the basic process for creating a centerpiece or other floral arrangement using an assortment of containers.

Pick your containers first. I used a silver-plated Revere bowl, a white garage sale vase, and

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Tomato Cage Winter Urn Toppers

These urns were made more festive by combining a simple tomato cage placed upside down on the urn with rice lights wound around them and a flower pot "cane topper" placed on top.

Here is how to use a tomato cage on the top of an urn or large flower pot to create a pretty Christmas into winter display. I used a tomato cage that was already red. You can use the standard silver color, or spray paint it any color you’d like.

These urns were made

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