'Bring It On Home'
Decorating from the Garden
it (if you
can't make it!)
a good thing...that I'm not Martha.
When I say "bring it on
home" I mean it - go out there and find it - dig it up, cut
it off, round it up, and bring it on home!
This issue covers recycling
plants from your garden to make dried flower baskets.
The transition from summer to fall is always easy for me since fall is my
favorite time of year...but not so for many people, I have found.
Changing our surroundings indoors with the seasons can be inexpensive and
fun. Utilizing what is out there - I roam the woods, streets (well not
"the streets..." that's illegal in 48 states...) - MY
streets: the parks, cities, your backyard, vacant lots - anywhere
where plants and flowers grow. I pick bags full and take them home to dry
- either hanging upside down or right in the vase.
Pods are great in jars in the windows. Many flowers and weeds get
great huge seed pods that dry nicely. Don't seal them until dry to
prevent molding. Periodically, add an aromatic bloom that has dried
to the top of the pile in the jar and you have the smell of summer at your
beck and call. Just keep a lid on the container you store your
fragrant dried plants in - the fragrance will keep. Use jars - small
vitamin size to large pickling size - clear, textured and colored any
variety will do. They sit nicely in a window, on a shelf, in the
bathroom with the jarred shells from the summer's treasures found. The
idea is bringing nature home with you so you're at home with nature.
Natural decor can work with just about any established theme in a home,
room or area. Personally, I like to mix my mediums.
This is a good time to check out what's out there. When breaking ground
for that new garden, sometimes you have a lot of long roots to pull. Try
to pull these carefully enough to maintain some length.
Save in a water filled
garbage can to keep soft until needed. (Change water out periodically so
it doesn't rot - you don't want to wait too long before using these). Use
these to create the framework for wreaths, or to create hand-woven
Cut saplings or slender bendable limbs. These can make baskets of various
shapes. Decorative baskets don't have to be so tight they hold
water. Try for something that fits your personality or see what
shape it forms itself. If it has extra sprigs, all the better, just loop
them for handles or texture.
of it as weaving a wagon wheel. Take 4 to 6 pieces and shape in pie
slices (you can tie them with twine, roots or twigs to
hold them down as you weave.) Then
from the thickest piece to the smallest work your way up weaving in and
out between the wagon wheel pieces, until you've reached the top. To
finish the piece, just tuck the last bit of binding material in and bury
it in the weave. Hang to dry.
one I have used for Christmas decorations, placed on tables or hanging
(depending on my cats...) Here, I have dried Hydrangea blooms and stuffed
them carefully into the basket then hung it on my oak limb curtain rod. (I
These make great gifts for
showers, house warmings or just because, and can be changed as often as
you can't start the drying process right away, store your flowers in a
vase of cool water in a dark room. Flowers will take two to three weeks to
dry, but the faster they dry, the more color and fragrance they will
Gather flowers into bunches
of eight to ten stems and secure with a rubber band. Attach to
a clothes hanger with the blossoms or pods pointed down in a cool, dark
and airy place.
Avoid moisture during and
after the drying process. To store dried flowers, line a cardboard box
with tissue paper and separate the layers with more tissue paper. Use them
in your dried flower arrangements and in making wreaths and other craft
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