Sunday, October 5, 2014

Making a Potted Ivy Topiary

photos courtesy of Fixer~Upper featuring Magnolia Farms
store and construction team of Chip & Joanna Gaines



I was watching HGTV
and became 
inspired today to 
get out in the garden!
Mid-morning, I was out back working on
the patio cover again.
(Still filling holes, priming and finish painting the other half ~ whew!)

When it grew hotter, I came in for lunch
some rest,
and a little of my favorite programs!


My new favorite show is called
a really cute home buying/improvement
show with
Chip and Joanna Gaines
out of Waco, Texas!

I thought these pots would be perfect flanking the front door and would look nice with their lions & swags.

While watching this couple refinishing several houses,
Chip was out in the owners' gardens
putting in plants creating nice
curb appeal.
I became totally inspired!!!

Around 4:00p.m.
it was finally down to 85 degrees
I gathered my little hand-trowel, a hammer, our drill and the
1/4" ceramic drill bit
and drilled through the bottoms of two large pots I found this summer at an estate sale
creating better drainage.

For some reason,
these pots weren't originally
drilled out, so they needed this done.

To create the topiary form:
  • Grab a tomato cage you have lying around for the form.
  • Put gravel or broken clay pot pieces into the bottom of your clean pot.
  • Fill with new potting mix, leaving room for topping-off after you've planted the ivy clippings.
  • Clip another ivy's trailing vines, take off about 4" of leaves from the stem, insert into soil, tamp.
  • Keep adding long vines to the pot, taking tendrils up and over the cage. Can weave some through and around other vine pieces.
  • Give your newly potted topiary some B1 to help prevent shock and to aid the creation of roots. Enjoy!!!

Will Share photos later
as this topiary
fills in.

Happy planting!
Barb :)

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