Posts Tagged: seattle

How to Make an Evergreen Wreath

11/30/2016

The smell of fresh evergreens always reminds me of Christmas.  I make evergreen wreaths every year to decorate my home for the holidays.  A simple DIY project to do, with just a few supplies needed from the craft store and greens from your yard. Gather some friends to make wreaths with you, just like Jenny Cookies did for her Wreath Making Ladies Lunch held at her home in the Seattle area. Here are the supplies you will need to get started: wire clippers pruners/garden shears paddle wire, 22 gauge wire wreath frame evergreen clippings garden gloves (optional, helps keep the sap off your hands)   For the evergreens, I clipped an assortment from my yard.  Many of the “foundation” plants used in landscaping are evergreen bushes and trees, so you probably have some in your yard as well.  I chose: cedar, juniper, spruce, pine and holly. When clipping your evergreens, makeRead More

Kiwi Harvest

11/07/2016

Visiting a garden in Seattle many years ago, I saw my first kiwi plant. It had climbed over the top of a pergola and made a lovely roof to sit under. The leaves were broad and vibrant green, very tropical looking to me. The vine was blooming and the smell was intoxicating.  I had to have one! Coming home with 4 plants that day, my adventure with fuzzy kiwi’s began. When people hear I grow kiwi’s, they can’t believe it.  First of all, they think they are tropical and couldn’t possibly grown in the Seattle area.  But they are originally from China and grow beautifully in our climate. Secondly, they know how they grow.  They look around my yard at my trees, thinking they grow like apples.  Nope, they grow on vines. And not just any vine, but vigorous monster vines that consume anything in their path.  I’ve had to move them twiceRead More