Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Dried flowers and weeds are fun to work with

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Aug 9, 2014 8:46 AM CST
While feeding the barnyard birds this morning I noticed the sorghum grown up and looking great in the field where the seeds drop from the bird feeder. Last year I was able to get quite a bit and dry it before the birds or weather ruined it. I love putting it with wild grass and other wild things that come up from the bird seed. I call it my bird seed design. I have it in the house to hide the side of the old TV in a puter pitcher. Certainly is a cheap and pretty thing to do for fall. Of course mine stays in all year. I use some wheat if I can find any...but eveything in it is wild grown from seeds that the birds eat.

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I think it might be fun, with Fall approaching to see what we can find in our yards and fields to dry and make some floral designs. You do not need to be a floral designer to do it either. This is an example of what I did and it cost me nothing. Please remember it is a year old and the dog throws his ball on it, it gets knocked over once in awhile, but it is still pretty and I love the idea that we can dry almost anything we grow and make a design if we try.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 9, 2014 12:04 PM CST

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that's very pretty, JB! Thumbs up
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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JB
Aug 9, 2014 12:36 PM CST
Thank You!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 9, 2014 12:40 PM CST

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I always admire people who are handy and creative in that way.
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Container Gardener Hummingbirder Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds
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JB
Aug 9, 2014 12:55 PM CST
I used to enjoy floral design but I don't do much anymore. I do the wreaths and cemetery cones for the Christmas store but I use silk flowers(good ones). I sold dried flowers and fruits for a few years at my farm and it was fun. I never dried anything myself except easy stuff, but people really bought it for awhile. Then Michaels and A C Moore moved into the area shopping centers and people could buy wreathes cheaper than they could make them , so my business eventually closed. The little guy can not compete with the prices of the bigger stores as you know. When I retired from my day job as Municipal Clerk in one of the towns here in NJ I took a floral design class thinking maybe I would work part time in a flower shop. Never happened. I am not talented when it comes to drawing or artwork of any kind...I can not even draw a stick man properly.....but I do love to play around with flowers and weeds, etc. I can find beauty in the ugliest weeds sometimes. If it grows, I love it...except poison ivy. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 9, 2014 1:19 PM CST

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I hear you. The big chain stores have cut into a lot of entrepeneurial niches. :-(

I'm with you--not good at drawing, but can always find something to appreciate in nature! Smiling I love the excellent photography and wonderful eye with colors that so many here have to offer.
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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