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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Easy Ivy Topiary, That Can Be Enjoyed All Year

Hello again from The French Hen's Nest

If you like topiaries, this is an easy and inexpensive one to make. They are rather expensive to buy, but I'll tell you how to create one yourself, inexpensively. 

The forms are easily made, my favorites (the easiest) are a circle, and heart shape. To make them, I use wire coat hangers, I use the darker ones, but you can spray paint the lighter ones. First untwist the hanger at the hook part and straighten out the wire, especially the corners. Once it's fairly straight (doesn't have to be perfect) you can shape it into whatever shape you want. Leave six inches, the hook part, to anchor it into the pot.

Do you have Ivy in your yard? Great! if not maybe a neighbor has some to spare. Choose your pot, plain or fancy, both will look great. Make sure it is at least 6" or more. Now we have a pot, soil, and about 8 pieces of ivy.

We're ready to go: Fill pot with potting soil, leaving an inch at the top, push the form in as far as you can, and grab the ivy. Plant one piece at at time, starting at the center. Plant one on the right side, another on the left. Wrap the form with the ivy, round and round you go, not to tightly. Plant and wrap until you like the way it looks. Hope you enjoy your topiary. They make lovely gifts as well.

Have fun, let me know how it turns out, would love to see a pic.  Oh, don't forget to water.
Till next time,

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  1. Beautiful Jeannie! I have ivy, a pretty pot and a clothes hanger. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    1. Please let me know how it turns out. Have fun, and thanks for the comment.

  2. I love your topiary. I am going to try to make one myself. It would be something for all seasons.

  3. I saw your entry right now and I am highly surprised in a good way by the way you write your posts! How exactly do you share the news about the fact that you added a fresh blog entry to this blog?

  4. beautiful! you're right, they can be super pricey!

    1. Hi Debra, thank you so much for your comment, and for stopping by.

  5. Wow I am going to have to try this out! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Happy weekend, Nicole!

  6. darling idea! please come over and link up the this weeks garden party at my place...xoox, tracie

    1. Hi Tracie, Thank you, we did join your party, thank you for the invitation.
      Have a great day.


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