Things to do with Willow – Wattle Planters

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As I have mentioned before (a lot), over at Red Twig Farms we grow different varieties of dogwood and willow for cut ornamental stems. The majority of the inventory is sold over the holidays for outdoor containers and flower arrangements. Come spring, we look at the remaining crop and think of different ways we could have used the remaining stems. Last year we made wreaths that are great for winter and spring doors. This year we made four willow planters for an east coast garden.  These are very similar to all the wattle fencing you see in culinary gardens. However, instead of being willow fence panels wired together, we created these as one complete frame.  The best element of the solid design is the wrapping of the branches around the corners more like a basket. These were a labor of love, so will most likely will not be until next winter that we will have these available for ordering.

Things to do with Willow - Wattle Planters, Thinking Outside the Boxwood


Things to do with Willow - Wattle Planters, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here are the planters we made prior to shipping off to the client. These baskets are 24x24x13 for size reference.


Here are some other examples of waddle fencing used in vegetable gardens:

Things to do with Willow - Wattle Planters, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here is a photo of wattle fencing at the kitchen garden of Daylesford Organic. These are created in panels that are joined at the corners. This method allows you flexibility to the size of planter bed.

Things to do with Willow - Wattle Planters, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The garden is by del Buono Gazerwitz Landscape Architecture at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show, their design for Daylesford Organic. Trust me, wattle fences are used by more than just Daylesford Organic.


Here is  a post with the wreath we made this past winter with the Red dogwood branches. These were very easy to make relative to the waddle planters. Next on the list for this year we are going to make an archway that will be great for the entrance to a woodland garden or for a wedding. Will share photos once its completed. See there is a never-ending list of things you can do with cut ornamental branches!

Red Twig Farms- Twig Wreath

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Red Twig Farms- Twig Wreath, Thinking Outside the Boxwood


Last season we had leftover dogwood branches from Red Twig Farms that we experimented weaving into different forms. Our most successful design was a simple wreath of the branches.  We sent a few off to Terrain as prototypes, and this Christmas they placed an order for both Yellow and Red Dogwood wreaths. The wreaths are beautiful alternative to classic evergreen wreaths and the traditional brown grapevine wreaths. We saved a few of the Red Dogwood wreaths at the shop and have been practicing different ways these could be used during the holiday season outside of bow adornments.


Red Twig Farms- Twig Wreath, Thinking Outside the Boxwood


(Upper Left) Plain Red Twig Dogwood Wreath. (Upper Right) Layered with a boxwood wreath

(Bottom Left) Mixed Bittersweet with Winterberry (Bottom Right) Wrapped with Stargazer lights


The wreaths are not listed on the website, but I am sure you can directly contact either Terrain location if you are interested in purchasing a wreath. I wish we had some of the yellow wreaths to show, but we shipped them all off before we took any photos.




In Bloom – July 7

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During the spring we appreciate every flower bloom as the hellebores lead to tulips and daffodils, and by the time the forsythia is done blooming we have so many blooms we can forget to appreciate the weekly progression. I am trying to sit back and really appreciate what each week brings in the garden and make arrangements of the blooms to share each week. I shared these arrangements a few times last year, but plan on keeping the series going for as long as I have blooms to share.


This week the arrangement features a collection of plants that I appreciate for their striking round heads and lack of floral petals. The distinctive shape of these plants make them great for floral arrangements when arranged with softer petals, but also work great together.


In Bloom - July 7, Thinking Outside the Boxwood


Here are some detailed photos of the arrangement:

In Bloom - July 7, Thinking Outside the BoxwoodIn Bloom - July 7, Thinking Outside the Boxwood


All these flowers were gathered from our display gardens and in the greenhouse. I selected to grow some for perennial gardens and others for selling in floral markets so it is a random mix of flowers. Here is a breakdown of the individual flowers that complied the arrangement: Listed left to right- Row 1: Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’, Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’, Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’.  Row 2: Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, Erygium alphium, Erygium yuccifolium. Row 3: Allium sphaerocephalon, Combination arrangement.

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Keep checking back each Monday to see how the blooms and arrangements change through the seasons.