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Cut Flowers and Floral Design: Wreaths from scratch - 2009

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2009
7:16 PM

Post #7048333

Well, like most of you I gather things from soup to nuts. Right now we are clearing vines. So whats a gardener to do with the cut vines?

Why wreaths of course!

So heres my technique, please show me yours!

I am starting with wisteria.

I cut the vines and let them lay so the leaves dry for a couple of weeks.

Here are some dry. You do not want to let the stems dry out and still want them flexible otherwise you will get anglers in your wreaths, whicj well if you want that that is great, but for the nice round basses, you want to be sure to wind them when they are still green!

The leaves on the wisteria will dry further and shatter off later.

So heres to going from scratch to finish! Winter, spring, summer or fall, the decoration is your call!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #7060991

Well here is my "mold" for my wreath making.

Its an egg basket.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 14, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #7063351

Nice work in progress. Never thought of making a wreath and now you may be an inspiration for me! I am always cutting the wisteria, perhaps I shall go to work on that.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #7063601

Thanks!!

Well, this weekend we harvested also grapevine wreaths.. soooo, I got a wagon load...so I got a little work cut out!

That was soooo fun trying to pull the wild grapevines out of our trees. Some were intermingled with poison ivy... itch itch anyone!? Well, good fortune for me, I am not allergic, but I pity the harvesters that got vines like me! I have some poison ivy vines that are 70 plus feet tall growing in my oaks and then the babies that surrond the trees are mego million incovering ground.

I love the egg basket for a form because its firm and just the right size for wall and door hangers! Its the best thing I have come up with to do this project, but if someone has other methods DOooo TELL!

Well, here we go!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
1:45 AM

Post #7065087

take about 3 strands of vine and poke the end through the basket about an inch as shown in the picture...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #7065130

Then wind the long ends of the vine around the basket to the thickness of the wreath that you desire, If you have to add more thickness just take another few strands and stick the ends through the wreath material to lock it in and keep winding!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #7065162

After you have wound up enough vine on the wreath base for the thickness you desire take floral wire and bind the wreath together in 3 to 5 equally spaced places around the wreath. The number of times you bind it will depend on the wreath but use an odd number of places and be sure to evenly space them for greatest binding power and looks.

The kind of wire you use will depend on the effect you are trying to acheive or if it will even show in the end product.

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #7065208

Once your binders are in place you are ready to remove the wreath from the basket.

Just give a little twist to dislodge the stems of the vine that started the wreat lose and it should come of easy!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
2:19 AM

Post #7065233

Whalah!

A nice round wreath everytime!

Now the wreath is ready for seasonal adornments!

Easy as pie!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2009
1:18 PM

Post #7066370

First I need to figure out something to wrap them around??? I have some large round pots think I can make that work? Guess I could tape the first ends to begin.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #7066665

Sounds like a plan...duct tape, the handigardeners friend! LOL!

Your turn, show us how its done! I need to gater some silks to put in some of the finished wreaths I made!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2009
4:22 PM

Post #7067066

Well I haven't done it yet, just following your lead. I chucked the really really long wisteria across the road in the field and will have to go fetch it and see if it is fit for winding or too stiff.
Then again same ole story, working every day and then to the cabin for the weekend so not sure where the time will arrive from.
^_^
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
4:35 PM

Post #7067118

Well my wisteria stayed pliable for about 3-4 weeks.. just finished winding them and got to hit the grapevines... oY, now thats currently a tangled mess!

You can wind them green green too yano!

Only thing I got on your plan is how are you going to stick your binders through on a pot? Maybe tape them too before winding? Just a thought! ;>)
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 15, 2009
4:48 PM

Post #7067141

My (adopted)granny used to grow grapes and she took a pile of the vines and put them in a tub of hot water to make them more pliable. She never used wire to hold them together, just wrapped them tight and tucked the end in when she made her wreaths.
Yours look great! I wish I had some grapes growing around here. I have bittersweet, waiting patiently to see if they'll have berries this year.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
6:25 PM

Post #7067407

I like that idea, natural binding! Do you have a sample to show?

I will also use raffia to tie mine instead of wire.

I did some grapevines today leaving the leaves on them. They were cut Sunday and today is Tuesday and the leaves are soft yet, but somewhat dry.

Here are three of the earlier ones. The two to the top right are made of wistera. The lower left is a last seasons trumpet vine and as you can see, they about look the same other than a slight variation in color. These two kinds of vines seem to stay pretty supple for a good period so if you dont have time to bind them right away that is good. Otherwise, like your (adopted) grannie, soak them in water.

On my egg basket it is a good size that if the vines are a tad dry you can still take your time and gently wind them and sometimes they will crack, but other times they don't so depending on your mood of creation later, no two are alike no matter how you do this!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2009
6:26 PM

Post #7067412

Well, I'll see if I can drag them outta there or just get some new. Good idea about the binder idea although I have some thin floral wire that will likely work and then I can just better reinforce when I get it off the pot.
I do have a square milk carton metal container at the cabin like your round, could just make a square wreath?
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 15, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #7067418

Now BB that is interesting - will you make that into an olympic wreath? I like the idea of several joined together, how unique!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
6:50 PM

Post #7067489

Well, that is novel, a square wreath! I like it! I like it DO SHOW!!

Here s a wildly shaped one I ended up with with the dregs of my grape vines...

Very unconventional and a challenge for design! Terri would probably do miracles with it!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
6:59 PM

Post #7067514

Hmm, an olypic wreath! Good idea there haighr. Well right now am just mass makingmy bases. That was just a sampling of material to compare! But I like the olypic idea very much too.

Cant wait to get adding the adornments to these later!

This is just a sample of a heavy wound grape I make with the leaves on... when you work with these later the leaves will shatter off so if you want the leaves pretty, you need to work with them fresher like adornments fixed on today. Sadly, I do not have time for this one so it will go in storage for later until I finish making bases.

(I am in to mass re-production!!)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
7:05 PM

Post #7067534

Heres a couple medium weight/width grapes...

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
7:43 PM

Post #7067664

3 lighter weight/widths than above...(not fastened together.. just grouped!!!)

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #7067721

Ow! OW! ...OOWWWWW! Watch what yer doing there lady...!

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...oOOoh! So sorry Mr. Stickwalker, but you really must quit hiding in my natural material!


LOL!

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Well you best put on yer glasseyes there Missy!

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Yeah, almost dint see ya there fella! Well, you git along now and go poke along elsewhere. Im off to the GPS5 to work on my other to do list!

But I will be baaaack!

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...hehehehe...so will I Missy! Soooo will I!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 16, 2009
11:26 AM

Post #7069695

You are so right BB, Terri would turn that into something so artful we would never dream of. I do like the idea of overlapping and joining a couple together, perhaps 3 down to cover a long section of a front door and the last one could hold a little welcome plaque? Hey this is some great stuff to put together for a craft show ^_^
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2009
12:45 PM

Post #7069839

Well, shall we get to dressing them up? Im game. I am working on some for a friend right now. Could be a few days or so before I get them finished.

Sooo, whatcha got??!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 17, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #7073990

So far rain BB. Supposed to go to the cabin this afternoon, perhaps Sunday I can gather some wisteria and perhaps return with that square milk crate.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2009
6:18 PM

Post #7074521

Sounds like a plan. Um when you get done with the rain dear, would you please send that cloud this way? We-ins is sooooo dry here!
Raggedyann
Lawrenceville, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #7077088

I'll be happy to send you some rain BB! We've had over 4 inches since yesterday am. It has been raining for days here and there is more in the forecast!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #7077310

Oh thank you Raggedyann!!! For GOOD measure I will take 8 inches please... but please make it gentle to last a week!

Yano, everytime I check the radar here, it SHOWS rain, but we never see it.. what is it, a glass dome over the area or something!! LOL! Man we need it BAAAAD.

Will let you know when it arrives!

Well, I need to get deadheading again and so will be back here as soon as I get some more material or something decorated... Do join us here and show yours!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2009
11:33 PM

Post #7085534

Didn't bring them home this weekend but will soon, one is square and one rectangular? May go for the rectangular one?

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2009
11:35 PM

Post #7085548

And for the rectangle

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #7085745

Well, Hiaghr, whichever you start with, they will unconventionally very interesting.

Well, we got a lilttle rain...2/10ths.

I have some silk sunflowers here someplace...hmmm I think I might just put them on one of my grape vines for starters! Have to go hunting for them...

Catch ya again!

bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

October 4, 2009
10:09 PM

Post #7134656

Lovely wreaths! Thanks for the tutorial, I will have to try that. I love the idea of the square wreath, too... I have seen those (maybe in Martha Stewart's wreaths magazine or book?)... very cool! For now, I have a very large grapevine wreath (not one that I made) that I am about to decorate for Autumn. I never thought of using all of these other vines. Thanks for the inspiration!

Brenda
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2009
10:32 PM

Post #7134715

Glad we inspired you Brenda, I haven't been back to the cabin since the photos of the square nor have I made one yet, but perhaps this fal I will. Hope to see you around the Cafe or the arrangements. Nice to meet you.
Hey BB, put on some coffee we got company!
bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

October 4, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #7134790

Thanks, Haighr!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 28, 2009
7:38 PM

Post #7217533

Hey guys! Its BITTERSWEET TIME!

Same process, different material!

Just pruned my vines! First time I have ever had the berries! WHOOHOO!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2009
2:29 AM

Post #7218894

From this

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2009
3:59 AM

Post #7219227

to this

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #7219248

And this!

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2009
6:08 AM

Post #7219476

Ok, and for bittersweet chat... go here!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1051929/
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 29, 2009
12:05 PM

Post #7219794

That looks great BB. Tasha just bought some of that for a table arrangement, should have sent her to your house.
I never got any further than taking the photos of the crates LOL! I just can't wait to retire and be at home and be able to take my time doing stuff instead of trying to cram everything into a weekend. I know be careful what I wish for cause there is always a ton of stuff to do at home, but at least I would have 9 hours a day more to accomplish the fun stuff like a wreath!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
10:31 PM

Post #7231238

Hey guess what BB did one!!! Had this basket at the cabin.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
10:45 PM

Post #7231283

Got it wound and now here it is

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
10:48 PM

Post #7231297

Now to decorate - some cattails

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #7231305

Oops forgot the cattails LOL

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
10:59 PM

Post #7231343

And just a bit more - added some sage

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
11:04 PM

Post #7231365

And now for the barberry and some other stuff.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #7231389

Little bit closer of the barberry and such

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bsavage
Dolores, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 2, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #7231773

Very pretty!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 2, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #7231927

Lovely haighr! SImplicity and loveliness, a great combo!

I have been lying in wait on your rectangle wreaths, are you having any luck with them?

Can you beleive that bittersweet vine...I saw 4 lenghts 3 feet long at the nursery and WOWEEKAZOW - the price was $17 and that was not a wreath! Just swag material!

Told my hubby DO NOT KILL the vine! Im taking it to the florist next time to sell it!

That wreath I made probably would retail at $30 no decor...just the bittersweet!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2009
12:39 PM

Post #7232940

Thanks to all. This was my first effort and I was quite pleased with the outcome.
BB, I am sure that wreath of yours would easily sell for that price.
I haven't brought back the square or rectangle yet and yesterday I did a really hard prune on the wisteria and so don't have much to work with. The pruning was mostly of the harder wood and that won't shape w/o snapping. guess I will have to wait until spring as I don't have any other vine to use to make another.
I'll have to look for bittersweet vine? Tasha got a small one just to put on her table and it cost a fortune.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 2, 2009
1:17 PM

Post #7233025

Well, to get berries, you will need two vines for the bittersweet!

I regret that I used all mine in my wreath, but I have tons of plants.

They do get to be a tad invasive so they need a big playground to romp in! Otherwise you will find yourself restorting to horrible ways to kill off part of them. They spread by runners under ground and if planted in loose soil that has fairly decent drainage, you can pull them out. I have tried to tame the thing, but it argues a lot!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 2, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #7233223

I just measured my wreath at its widest point and its 2 feet across on theoutside. A little oblong, but if some one did want it for $30 I would part with it happily! I am amazed at the price of that stuff!

Would not that look spiffy with some cinnamon sticks, some sunflowers, gourds and some fall leaves!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2009
6:39 PM

Post #7234101

I am now thinking I should have put a few pinecombs in mine along with some acorns? Duh, next time!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2009
3:14 AM

Post #7235892

Oh, yes, do add the pinecones and acorns! That would be so festive and a bow of some sort as well!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 3, 2009
1:00 PM

Post #7236652

You are the bowmaker BB, I can barely tie my shoes LOL!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

November 3, 2009
1:51 PM

Post #7236799

Abra ca dabra!!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/953887/

EZ PEZY!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #7335323

Well, I whipped up a few quickies using the wisteria vine wreaths...

Nothing too fancy, just something very simple and for use for loyalty wreaths that can be either hung on a door or maybe placed on a gravesite.

Sometimes you cant make the wreaths too bulky as they will not fit between the screen doors so these are ideal for those tight spots or like for wreaths hung on patient doors for shut-ins.

I used whats I call cheater bunches on these.

Heres #1

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
9:45 PM

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#2

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2009
11:41 PM

Post #7335876

#3

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 6, 2009
3:45 PM

Post #7341356

Very pretty BB and quite nice for the season.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #7342407

Thanks haighr.

They are just something really simple. Nothing too fancy but fits the order.

Well, Im off to the cafe.. Hope terri has some hot chocolate made. Im pooped and want to relax with some seed catalogs
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2009
1:08 PM

Post #7351374

You and your seed catalogs lol, just can't get enough!
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #7351622

Well, now Im doing Christmas cards.. hows by you?
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2009
4:22 PM

Post #7351962

I am getting ready to pack a bag for the tropics! Gift giving with the grandkids was done at Thanksgiving, may put a few decorations out this weekend just so we have them up for the New Year. No other exchanges, - Cards for the kids and grandkids went in the mail today and that is the extent of it. We haven't received any Christmas cards from other than the kids in years, guess around here folks just don't do much card exchange and we never have.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #7351988

I enjoy doing cards. I think most people migrated to the internet though.. but its nice to have something tangible!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #7352422

THe few cards I swap over the year are generally ones I make myself and print out as I can write a nice verse and always can find a suitable posy photo to go with it.
I've never done the internet cards, way too goofy in my estimation.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 9, 2009
6:55 PM

Post #7352433

Well, youjust have not come across the right ones then on the net.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 13, 2009
7:54 PM

Post #7365138

Guess not but must say haven't ever spent much time looking either.

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