Monday, September 28, 2009

Topiaries

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I LOVE topiaries! I have quite a few of them in all different shapes and sizes. I started them from small 4" pots of ivy many years ago. Here is a wreath shape one I made. I started this with just a couple cuttings of ivy from one of my other topiaries. I put the cuttings in water until the roots formed and then planted them in a pot with a wire hoop-shaped form. It's not a fast process...ivy really doesn't grow all that fast until it's about 2 or 3 years old.

I recently transplanted it in this beautiful urn. You'll never guess where I bought this! Walmart! It's just one of those lightweight faux concrete planters but I thought it looked really nice and pretty close to the real thing ...which I would love to have but can't afford! This one was only $20.
I love the handles on the sides! I added my little cherub with the cracked neck that I bought at the flea market awhile ago. He's so cute, even with a cracked neck!
My big HUGE begonias are blooming. It's still summer here in California. It was in the 90s this past weekend so you won't be seeing any Fall decor here until it cools down a bit a lot!

36 comments:

just a little bit shabby said...

Beautiful and it looks really healthy! the ivy, I mean!
Sandy

Marie said...

Hello Cindy - lovin' that topiary! I have seen those urn at Walmart too. Love what you did with it. And wow! That begonia is so pretty! Love the shade of pink. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Lou Cinda said...

The topiary is so pretty, especially with the angel sitting in it. Even if his neck is cracked! He has character....

Beautiful...

Lou Cinda :)

Love the Decor! said...

Another beautiful display of your talent!!
There is a giveaway day over at the Nesting Place today
Lots of fun stuff to win. I have a cute blue table there up for grabs
http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/

mariondee-designs said...

HI Cindy, I didn't know you could take cuttings from ivy and just simply put them in water to take root! It was only yesterday I happened to find some growing in my garden (I don't know how as I didn't plant them) and pulled them out to make a heart shape topiary. I love how yours look, the urn and cherub, just lovely! Will pass this little tip on in my next post.. I simply love your blog, take care, Maryann

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy-
I look at your blog almost every day, it's always sooo fun to see what you have to share. I was pleasantly surprised to see my Romantic Home sign on your blog. Clicked on it and remembered your posting my things a couple of years ago.
When you showed your mirror with the shutters, the other day, I was toying with the idea of sending you a picture of my mirrors with shutters. Have had them for way over 10 years, changed colors on the shutters, but still love them! I guess I will look up your email address and send them, so be watching.
Thanks again for featuring my things, it's fun to come up on them out of the blue.
A loyal reader of your blog.
Ruth

Cheryl said...

You can pick up little containers of cement patch at any hardware store for under $10 (you just mix it with water).. easy-peasy. Or... you could give the little cherub a pearl necklace...or a bow...or just leave it :-) I can NEVER leave anything alone... I'd probably do all of the above~!
~Cheryl

Cottonwood Tales said...

Beautiful!! Love all of it!

Love your blog and you allow us to see your pretty things!!

Have a great day,
Karen in Texas

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Cindy, thanks for stopping by & I'm very flattered that you are using Grasscloth. I think you'll really love it too. Can't wait to see it, so I'll be check in to see the progress. I did get picked for the Grand Jury this week & I don't hate it. Sorta fun!

Oh, and I love your angel topiary.

Sandra said...

Hi Cindy. What a pretty topiary. I love it. The begonia is stunning!
Have a good Monday evening.
Sandra

Golie said...

You make it seem so easy Cindy! How beautiful! I absolutely love the fact that you are so open with showing us the things that would seem like flaws, but are so very lovely! Thank you for sharing and making my day more beautiful, yet again!
Blessings,
Golie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful topiary and flower. Ivy survives the Winters here if planted in the ground, but have not had any luck with it in a pot outside during Winter.

Brenda Leyland said...

It's always fun to come and visit, and to see what lovely things you have for us. Your photos are a delight.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, I love the topiaries. I just took some cutting off of some ivy and am trying to get them to root in some water. What a great idea. I may have to try it. Hugs, Marty

Elsie said...

Hi Cindy,
I love your ivy topiarie with the
cherub. I have that same cherub
and would you believe he has a
cracked neck too. It must be a
fluke with that mold. I don't know
how my broke,he sits on my bench
under the oak tree. Your flowers
are beautiful,it amazes me how
pretty everything is on your little
patio. It all looks so nice and so
inviting. That looks like such a
nice cool place to sit and read.
I looked at that urn also in Walmart. Great minds think alike.
LOL. :0)

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

Wow that ivy is beautiful. And I'm going to have to start be jealous because I want a cherub.

Have a great evening

cindy@stitches

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Cindy; Your Topiary is just gorgeous.. That sweet baby angle is just so lovely sitting in the urn,, looks very vintage...

Hugs;
Alaura

GWENDOLYN said...

I never would have guessed the pot was faux!The whole thing is just gorgeous! The ivy, the pot, the angel , it looks like a picture from a magazine!
Blessings!
Gwen

Lee Laurie said...

I love that topiary and the urn looks so heavy...like the real thing. I love it. I know that its a lot easier to move around than a concrete one!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I would love to try a topiary- I started a rosemary topiary years ago but killed it!!

Enjoy your warm weather - I am dying here in Co! I still haven't acclimated to this colder weather and have silky long johns on most of the time!!

blessings
mary

tales from an oc cottage said...

That begonia is AMAZING! What color!!!

m ^..^

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I'm right with you on the topiaries. Love 'em.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Ok is there anything you can't do, LOL!!! It looks so pretty and I always love topiaries, I will have to check out the urns from Walmart, I love em (; Oh and the angel looks so sweet sitting there.
Hugs~Kelly

FrenchGardenHouse said...

I love Ivy, my topiaries are crying, I think, though, since I forgot to water them this week. After a few snips, and a ton of water, maybe they will start to look like your beauty! Love the cherub.
xo Lidy

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,

I enjoy your blog so much. A belated birthday wish to you. I too turned 49, but on the 25th of Sept.

A Little Of This And That said...

Just beautiful.

cottagesweet said...

Sooo pretty, Cindy! You've inspired me to take out my urn and do the same.

elisaday79 said...

I love your blog!

Colibri tejedor said...

hola nancy, que bella creación, ver la fotografía inspira paz, me encantó, cariños mil...

Stacey said...

Your topiaries are just beautiful. I'm glad you told how you started them. They are hard to find around here.

Cindy said...

Your topiary is so beautiful! The little cherub looks so cute there, too. I loved your post yesterday, I agree your new purchase is BEAUTIFUL! Hugs, Cindy S.

Dolly said...

I bought one of those urns from Wal Mart too.....But the bottom is cracking for some reason!
I love topiaries...I want to try an ivy one now...you made it sound so easy!

Cindy tye a ribbon around your cherubs neck...or get her a faux pearl necklace!

Have a wonderful week
Hugz,
Dolly

Melissa Miller said...

Me too! Cindy yours are beautiful. Love the shape of the first one
and the lovely urn. ~Gorgeous~

Phyllis@AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love your little cherub in the ivy it looks like it has always been there. Love your blog, such great pictures, I enjoy visiting, this was my first, I will be back...Phyllis

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

Interesting about the ivy. I've tried growing it in pots and never had any luck. Maybe it just needs more time?

I can't believe that urn! Even at Wal-mart, I've never seen one that nice for $20.

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