Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 1
February 2007
 
From the Garden
 

Winter-Themed Planter

Follow these simple instructions to make your own winter-themed planter.
    Winter-themed planter
  1. Fill container with moistened soil
    or pre-soaked floral oasis.


  2. Insert cedar boughs around the perimeter of the container.


  3. Insert a central cluster of red dogwood branches.


  4. Fill the space between the dogwood and the cedar with shorter assorted greens, such as long needle pine, berry branches and cedar sprigs.


  5. Fill in any holes with pinecones.


  6. Add berry stems (or dried hydrangea blooms or red rosehip branches) around the dogwood to add contrast and interest.
Close-up

Material Substitutes
Add your own touch to the planter by substituting willow branches, eucalyptus, holly sprigs and dried flowers such as lilies or dahlias. In addition, embellishments can add a festive touch to your planter during holiday times. Add hearts and ribbons for Valentine's Day (February 14), miniature flags for Flag Day (Canada - February 15) and Presidents' Day (U.S.A. - February 19) and clovers and miniature green hats for St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

Care and Maintenance
If you live in a dry, temperate climate, remember to keep the container well watered. If you reside in a region where temperatures remain below the freezing point (on average) during the winter months, the arrangement should require only a bit of refurbishing now and again to remedy any weather damage.

 
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