Cities like New York and Chicago dress open urns and sidewalk esplanades in winter greens, branches and a variety of natural materials. Dried hydrangea, sedum, dogwood, ivy, nut buds, birds nests, pinecones, pine needles, or anything else interesting can duplicate the look at home. The dressed up container adds warmth and sophistication, with little effort and no cost.
Bill and I arrived late one night in Chicago on our way to a family wedding. City workers systematically dislodged summer annuals from the borders along Michigan Avenue and replaced them with full blooms. By morning it was as if the mums had sprouted overnight. The effect was more than aesthetic. Likened to a pair of newly polished shoes, the winter arrangements show warmth and attention to detail.
Time to repurpose the Christmas tree, bough or wreath. For those who don't celebrate, or stick with artificial, there's plenty of candidates at the curb. Good thing it gets dark early.
pots are ready to spring to action. Bright pansies tucked into the winter porch pot makes for a welcome transisiton.
Beats lugging them into the shed.
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