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!

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My new favorite show is called
Fixer~Upper
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
so...
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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