Still pruning, but now have very little to throw away!


We keep clipping, and using the evergreen boughs:

  • where we need a bit of extra insulation, and
  • as decorations now as the holidays approach.

It's great at this time of year -- we bag so little and everywhere we go, people smile and take from us what would be "yard waste" in another season.

(Don't miss the peek at NYC's version of this!)


Here are some photos we hope inspire you.

We tucked Alaska false cypress boughs (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and red berries from cranberrybush Viburnum (V. trilobum)  in among the planter's resident  'Blue Star' junipers (J. squamata). Then we tied one bunch of Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha), one of northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) and a branch of the falsecypress to the left gate rail.


We sprayed a touch of gold paint on the Korean feather reed grass (bigger plume on left) just to help it remain distinct in comparison to the northern sea oats (dangling glumes, right).


This silvermound Artemisia (A. schimdtiana) was looking a bit mange-y. We should have trimmed it during the summer to keep it dense. Now, we'll wait to trim it until spring, since trimming it now might cause dieback where its base is too suddenly exposed to harsh weather. For the meanwhile, we can spruce it up.


Actually, juniper it up. We've inserted branches from an upright juniper (Juniperus virginiana 'Canaertii') to fill the bare spaces...


...and set a few clusters of cranberrybush Viburnum berries into the greenery.


Almost every garden we know can spare at least this many clippings -- a little white pine, a bit of yew, two sprays of juniper and a bit of arborvitae... Add some of the ornaments rattling around the bottom of your tree trimming collection and you have a long lasting display for free. As a bonus, your shrubs will be more under control.

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Last word, from NYC:

And take a look at how Manhattanites celebrate the holiday-tree connection where cuttable plants are few and far between. (Blog by gardener and artist Tom Cathey,


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