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Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )


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cathaleen19-Nov-05 03:42 PM EST 3   
Ed22-Nov-05 06:10 AM EST 4b   
Janine22-Nov-05 10:44 AM EST 2b   
cathaleen26-Nov-05 06:54 PM EST 3   
Patricia30-Nov-05 05:48 PM EST 5   
cathaleen05-Dec-05 04:18 PM EST 3   


Subject: Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 19-Nov-05 03:42 PM EST

Hi, I want to make use of my wire hanging basket frames this winter - and make up some " winter" hanging baskets. Where I live this means no live plants - they don't like -25 C or colder when the harshness of winter hits. So I am planning to use cuttings of Evergreens and am wondering who else has made these - and did they hit on any one thing that was inspired or so fabulous that they want to share their ideas...... thanks


Subject: RE: Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )
From: Ed
Zone: 4b
Date: 22-Nov-05 06:10 AM EST

If you plan to hang this out in the open I would suggest you forgetit - snow and wind will ruin any kind of arragementin short orde ! However, sheltered on a veranda or similar the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Floral oasis packed inside any kind of liner, coloured if you prefer, will securely hold evergreen sprigs used as filler or background which may be embellished to taste with ferns,dried weeds, perennials,twigs of shrubbery, grass plumes, cranberries, whatever. As this container would be viewed from side and/or bottom some trailing material such as vinca would be helpful -- as I hope my suggestion will be ! Go to it and have fun !


Subject: RE: Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )
From: Janine (jjschuel@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 2b
Date: 22-Nov-05 10:44 AM EST

Hi Cathaleen:

I've not done hanging baskets, but have stuffed things into planters for the winter and really liked the effect. I don't use oasis either - just stuff stems into the dirt and then when it freezes they are there till spring. I like the effect of mixing evergreen clippings, bare stems of alder, dogwood, birch and high bush cranberry (with berries), with some better quality silk botanicals. The spot they are in is protected from most but not all wind, and a little snow on them just adds to the effect. - have a blast, gardening is about trying stuff out.


Subject: RE: Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 26-Nov-05 06:54 PM EST

Thanks for the ideas - confirms what i had in mind. My spot is somewhat sheltered by the house overhang - so figure what the heck - might look great - and if not down they go - what the heck, nothing ventured, nothing gained. thanks again.


Subject: RE: Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Nov-05 05:48 PM EST

I move my cement old looking birdbath to the porch (where it is sheltered) add oasis, cedar clippings to hide the mechanicals, then red dogwood clippings, curly willow, sprigs of ecalyptus, chinese lanterns, sumac fruits, etc. For a little extra brightness, twigs can be "painted" with white glue and swirled around in sprinkles. A velvety maroon bow finishes things off nicely.


Subject: RE: Winter Hanging Baskets ( where it's cold )
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 05-Dec-05 04:18 PM EST

Well, I used my wire frames from my summer hanging baskets, and wove cedar cuttings through the wires, then added some beading and some berry stems etc - and heck my teenage daughter, just noticed them and complimented them, so they obviously must look good. So, glad I did it - easy, and a nice addition to the area where we had lovely flowers all summer.


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