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Boxwood

Thursday, December 1, 2011


It is no secret that I love boxwood.  To think that we almost yanked our 70+ year old boxwood out of the ground when we first moved in makes me sick now.  Over the years, I have managed to plant dwarfs around several gardens in our yard (boxwood hoarder right?).  I also grow them in pots and window boxes.  So when Christmas rolls around I have a plentiful supply for wreath making and general holiday fluffing.


Terraine

Each year I make a wreath for the front door using boxwood.  And, each year it looks slightly different.  I really like the way this looks full in the center and a little free form around the edges.  Last year I posted a tutorial on how to make a similar wreath - the only difference would be adding in a few extra branches in the middle to achieve this look.

My Home Ideas

In years past, my wreaths look more like this.  Another option for making a fuller wreath like in the first image is to combine two wreath form sizes.  Picture the wreaths above with another smaller wreath inside.

Cottage and Vine

  Use 2 wreath forms in different sizes like this.  Wire them together and begin wrapping your boxwood around.  Easy.


I adore this place setting.  A tiny boxwood wreath on each plate is perfection in my book.  You could use this tutorial and modify it slightly by using wire or by cutting a clothes hanger down to size and layering in your boxwood all in the same direction.  A boxwood place card would be pretty any time of year.

Have you made a wreath this year or do you plan to?

35 comments:

  1. Love the full & natural look of your wreath! Our deer eat our boxwoods down to next to nothing every year, but I always use the trimmings from our tree(usually a fir,) to make a wreath. The individual place setting wreaths are darling! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love boxwood wreaths, but have never made one of my own! We have a ton of boxwoods in our yard, so I could easily do it though! What do you use as a wreath form & do you have any issue with the wreath staying green? I would LOVE to know any tips you have!!

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  3. I saw a boxwood wreath at the florist shop yesterday that was $39.00! I don't want to purchase yet because we aren't decorating till next week-end. I figure by then it will either be dried out or sold.

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  4. Tonya, I use the form that was shown in this post. Mine stays green for more than a month. You can always mist it occasionally to keep it fresh. Hope this helps.

    -René

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  5. I love the look of boxwood wreaths but I've always been afraid to try making my own. Maybe this year!

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  6. oh love! You are so creative!!!

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  7. The boxwood wreaths are stylish & chic, I've never made a boxwood wreath but I'm starting to look at the bushes in the garden in a whole different light!
    Thanks for the tutorials, I'm off to ebay now to buy some wreath bases.

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  8. i love boxwood too! thanks for the inspiration! : )

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  9. I love boxwood too! When I planted boxwood in my front garden, my landscaper suggested a non-fragrant variety because many people think boxwood smells like cat urine. Seriously? I love the way it smells and I wanted the fragrant variety!

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  10. I love boxwood too! It's perfect!
    Debbie

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  11. I have quite a few boxwoods in my front yard but they are not looking good. I don't know why? They were here when we moved in - they are decent sized but some areas look a little brown- can you offer any tips on caring for them?

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  12. Elizabeth, never heard of the unscented variety. Will keep that in mind. I only notice the smell in the spring when the new foliage emerges. Carmel, you might have leaf miners. Can you see little lines on the leaves? Ours have to be treated every other year for this. The only other thought is were they watered well until they established? Osmocote is my favorite fertilizer, by the way.

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  13. I'm not making a wreathe but I do adore boxwood. Darling husband has recently taken a liking to English box and wants to surround his garden with a short hedge of it. I can't disuade him so we'll be starting hundreds of box cuttings in the near future. Aaaahhh! Jo @ Lets Face the Music

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  14. I am not a good DIY'er....so I have given up on making wreaths (after many attempts over the years)...but wish I could! I do have a lot of old boxwoods now at the new home...love the look of them...gives a great classic touch! Take care, Caroline

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  15. You are so lucky to have boxwood bushes Rene! None for me, so I just bought a bunch at the farmers market.

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  16. Found your blog via Simple Details and I've become obsessed! You have great taste and amazing ideas :)
    I'm now following you.
    fashiontruffles.blogspot.com

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  17. I love boxwood wreaths and garland! Looking all over town for some fresh ones. Wish I had your boxwood shrubs...so beautiful Rene!

    Karen

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  18. Beautiful wreaths!
    Being a worrying sort, and knowing the Boxwood is toxic to some livestock and can cause some nasty reactions among humans if ingest it, so if using it on your table, the plates probably should not be used for food afterward but only as liners or chargers.

    I know, worrywart. It's in my mother's union contract.

    I wish I had boxwood here, to make these wreaths. we do have a huge holly bush, but I'm probably not brave enough to use holly -- all those prickly bits!

    Cass

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  19. Love boxwood. Nothing more elegant in rustic pots... its a regular component in my garden designs.

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  20. Oh, I love boxwood too! It always looks so fresh. The pic with the three wreaths is dynamite!

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  21. I remember adoring your wreath last year! This year I'm going to make a square boxwood wreath... I'm excited! Thanks for the inspiration Rene!

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  22. I've never thought of planting them in pots or window boxes, add another project to my list! Love the teeny one on a plate!

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  23. Rene, you and me both! I just love anything and everything boxwood!

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  24. Not sure if I will have time to make a wreath this year so I am using an older one (fake, of course) in the meantime. I love the fuller wreath..looks vibrant and healthy.

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  25. I'm making boxwood wreaths right now!!!! I love them...the tiny little leaves with their perfect green hue!!

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  26. I wish I had easy access to some boxwood (i.e. in my yard) but I'm going to looking around this weekend to see if I can find some. I wonder if places sell just sprigs of it so I wouldn't have to buy an entire bush. Mmm...

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  27. i know the post was about boxwood {which i love} but i'm quite smitten with the red and white toile table runner. i've got a couple yards of red aviary toile. i might have to copy and sew one of these up. also, love the new do. love it. you've got great hair!! and i'm nervous about you painting your windows black. i do love that look {a lot} in pictures but i wonder how that translates into real life. especially when all the other windows in the house are white. i suppose worse case scenario is if you don't love it you can just repaint it. no harm, no foul. and if i love it, i might have to copy! ha! actually i need new kitchen windows. the one over my sink is an old steel casement that was painted shut years ago. b/c of its odd side and being on a corner is costs a small fortune to replace. one day. geez, sorry, now i'm officially rambling and no longer leaving a comment! hope you've had a lovely week. xo, tessa
    xo, tessa

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  28. I need to plant boxwood in our garden! After seeing your post I love it! I wonder if it does well in all climates? The wreath is beautiful! So is your tablescape, Rene! That is gorgeous and so festive. Did you make the toile runner?

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  29. Boxwood is an all time favorite. Those small wreaths are so pretty.

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  30. Your wreaths are beautiful, but unfortunately I am one that thinks they are stinky!!! Maybe it's just the kind I have. Can't remember the "formal" name. I'll just enjoy looking at yours thank you!!!

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  31. I love boxwood too and your wreath looks beautiful!

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  32. I love boxwoods too! I actually planted 4 new bushes in our front yard last spring. Your table setting is really cute. I hope you'll visit The Corson Cottage and share this at our {Home for the Holidays} link party. Carrie

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  33. Hey ya'll, the runner came from Pottery Barn about four years ago. It would be easy to make. Solid red on the back and grosgrain trim. Would love one in green!

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