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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Douglas Fir Detritus

The wind over the weekend left my garden covered with flotsam and jetsam -- not just leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs, but also needles, cones, branches and buds from the Douglas firs that are all around.

Bits and pieces of trees everywhere, even blown onto the covered back porch

All over the patio

Onto the chaise



A pile of branches -- more out in the beds


One big dead bough came down

Red Twig Dogwood leaves and fir needles collecting at the end of the stream

Plenty of dogwood leaves are still hanging on, but soon they'll all be gone, and it'll be time to give it a trim. They say you should prune any old branches that are no longer red, but it looks like they are all red. That's good actually, because I'd like to do something with the branches that I take off. Do you know any good twiggy crafts? I could weave them into some kind of wall hanging. Or make these twig coasters (thank you Martha Stewart).  Maybe I'll just stick them in a vase without water and let them decorate the house.
Still plenty of leaves

Geranium 'Rozanne' is not giving up without a fight

13 comments:

  1. The wind does a great job of pruning dead twigs and limbs, but what a mess it makes! If you stick those cut dogwood stems in the ground (here in mid November) they will often sprout and create more little shrubs! gail

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  2. Unfortunately you'll have to pick up the branches but with everything else, fight fire with fire - Leaf blower. If you blow it all onto the lawn, the mower will take care of it. Red twigs among some evergreens, maybe even a few sprigs of variegated holly, would make a beautiful arrangement, swag or wreath for the season that starts with a W, ends with an R and that Loree forbids us to say out loud until January.

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  3. Yikes...that big branch on your patio...luckily no one was standing there at the time! We have so many different trees around our house, it's pretty much non-stop detritus all year long, spring to fall from some tree or another!

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  4. I consider Deborah Silver to be the Queen of Twigs. Use her Search feature to look for things, it is a big site with years of goodies.

    http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/

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  5. High end florists around here sell those twigs for arrangements, so you are ahead of the game.

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  6. We echo Peter, leaf blower is the way to go!

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  7. I think I'll have to get the leaf blower out, as well...everything is so wet and stuck in and on...everywhere 1

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  8. What a mess. I agree with the consensus: hit the small stuff with a leaf blower. Don't risk you back sweeping.

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  9. With our mature firs and cedars we have quite the mess here too. Tom got the patio cleaned up this afternoon, and I picked up branches. It'll get done, a little bit at a time.

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  10. I empathize with you, mine are Red Cedars raining stuff down. But add 2,000,000 Big Leaf Maple spinners and fallen branches. whoopee!

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  11. There's a DIY project in our book that uses red twig dogwood branches! ;-)

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  12. We have an old Siberian elm and an old silver maple. Both have branches that break easily.

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