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Garden Photo of the Day

Repurposed Greens in Wisconsin

By Kim Charles

Jan Murin repurposes greens for the holiday season.

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"I took these pictures earlier. Now everything is snow covered. Alway happy to get a good snowfall before the bitter cold makes its presence felt here in Wisconsin. Some of the greens are discards from a local Christmas tree lot. They kindly give them to me to use as coverings in the perennial garden." 


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    treasuresmom 12/26/2016

    Everything is very pretty. Once again a talented person sharing with us. Thank you!

    1. pam_clemmons 12/28/2016

      Beautiful as is the talent! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 12/26/2016

    Your tableaus are beautiful, Jan...so boldly festive and interesting. I love the display of thick birch branches..I would never think to do that and it looks so great. That appears to be a humongous pinecone in the bench display...very eye catching. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Luvfall 12/26/2016

      I've been using those branches for a few years now. Every spring my 'garden helper' - he claims not to be knowledgeable enough to be called an assistant - kindly stores them in the rafters of the garage.

  3. user-4691082 12/26/2016

    Jan, you are very fortunate to get those greens for free. You have a knack for creating vignettes. Thanks so much for your photos! Please send some snow covered ones!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/26/2016

    Those arrangements look great. The blue spruce with the snowman looks like a shrub (maybe it is?). I bet it all looks even better with a covering of snow.

    1. Luvfall 12/26/2016

      The branches by the snowman are from a foxtail pine that was taken down nearby. Oddly, I seem not to have any pictures from when the snow was a foot deep.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/27/2016

        Well, as I suspected, the snow and blue shadows are a great foil for your art. The red ornaments in the first photo are just perfect!

  5. Cenepk10 12/26/2016

    Very nice. Clever ways to cheer up the surroundings during the dark, bleak time of year. Nice evergreens

  6. edithdouglas 12/26/2016

    So nice and thanks for all the ideas for next year! I have a lot of grape vine clippings every year, and had never thought of a snowman.

  7. user-7007498 12/26/2016

    Very nice, Jan. I love the bench and the scene with the snowman. There has been some great ideas over the past few weeks. I will have to try a few things next year. Great pictures.

  8. user-7007498 12/26/2016

    I will be making a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, March 14th. It would be cool to have an east coast GPOD get together. Give it some thought, everyone, and let me know. Unfortunately for me, this is the only date I can make it that week.

  9. Sheila_Schultz 12/26/2016

    I love all the interest you've got going on around your front door, Jan. The best part is that all you have to do is to remove the ornaments and you are set for the long winter ahead! Very fun!

  10. Chris N 12/26/2016

    Hi fellow Wisconsinite, Jan! When I saw the title and then the first photo, I thought you must be in a parallel universe. Then I read the text and noticed your reply to Tim. Very nice arrangements. I like the bench display a lot.

  11. bonniep53 12/26/2016

    Always love to see what others do with left overs! Love the birch logs. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  12. PerenniallyCrazy 12/27/2016

    Very nice job on an amazing budget! Wish the Christmas tree lots are closer to where I live. Happy Holidays!

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