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Friday: A Week of Wreaths

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This wreath was particularly clever – instead of buying flower spikes or other ornaments from the store, she used wine corks!  How festive!  Taking a look around your house for embellishments is certainly one way to stay green!

Hope you enjoyed our week of wreaths.  See you in the gardens.

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November 26, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Thursday: A Week of Wreaths

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What I love about this wreath is the oversized tree ornament hung just under the bow – I love it!  There are endless ornaments in the stores this time of year – any one of them could be the inspiration you are looking for to decorate your wreath!

Happy Thanksgiving!  See you in the gardens.

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November 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Wednesday: A Week of Wreaths

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I’m sorry this photo came out blurry, but wanted to show you anways because the ribbon used is so beautiful!  The ribbon, decorated with sparkling peacock feathers, is a great example of unconventional decorating.  So lovely!

See you in the gardens.

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November 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Tuesday: A Week of Wreaths

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Our Tuesday wreath would be so fun to make with the kiddos.  For some reason the polka-dot ribbon and embellishments remind me of a Dr. Seuss story.  The ribbon will make this cheery wreath pop from the street!  The red, green and white balls so cleverly added to the lower part of the wreath are actually flower spikes from Hobby Lobby – and if you were able to take a closer look, you’d see the balls are  actually fuzzy and have a bit of sparkle to them.   Hobby Lobby and similar stores have such a variety of flower spikes – the artificial flower aisle is the perfect spot to find loads of inspiration.

See you in the gardens.

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November 23, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Monday: A Week of Wreaths

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For our wreath making class, each participant was encouraged to bring whatever ribbon and embellishments he/she chose to decorate with.  The creativity of each wreath blew my socks off!  They certainly gave me great ideas for my own holiday wreath — so I wanted to share so you could be inspired, too!  Monday through Friday I’ll post different examples of beautiful wreaths.

Our Monday wreath is a great example of a more traditional style.  Simple yet classy.  Nothing welcomes in the holidays like a bright velveteen bow … and I really like how the texture of the ribbon adds depth to the bow.  This is also a great example of using different greens to add more texture to your wreath.  Pine, spruce and cedar greens were intermixed in this wreath.

See you in the gardens.

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November 23, 2010 at 3:06 am

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Wreath Making Class a Success!

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In my opinion, there are two things to celebrate this week:  1.tasty Thanksgiving fare with family and friends and 2. tree trimming, twinkling lights and all the decorations that go along with our winter holiday season.  Earlier this month, we had a wreath making class at the Arboretum and I have been anxiously waiting to start decorating since then (I was told I couldn’t start until after Thanksgiving!).

If you did not attend our wreath making class, I encourage you to sign up next year.  We had such a good time!  Here are a few of the wreaths from the morning:

Want to make your own wreath at home?  While it certainly won’t be as the same as making one with this fun crew, it is certainly doable … and easy!  Check out my wreath making post from last December https://cedarvalleyarboretum.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/.

Check in later this week for details on some of the wreaths shown above … I loved the creativity and originality of each!

See you in the gardens.

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November 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm

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Don’t forget to wrap your trees!

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Do you remember last April when I wrote about our espalier trees being chewed up by rabbits?  To see the photos, read here https://cedarvalleyarboretum.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/rascally-rabbits/.  Fruit and small caliper trees are especially susceptible to rabbit nibbling.  And while you can’t always outsmart the rabbits, it is certainly worth trying.  I encourage you to buy tree wrap at your favorite garden center or use some sort of cut up tubing or tiling (like I used on this young dogwood tree).

Also, don’t forget to unhook your garden hoses from your hydrants for the winter!

See you in the gardens.

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November 12, 2010 at 6:00 am

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