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Dogwood Wreath


For the inexperienced gardner, Dogwood is an easy plant to grow and look after. As the garden goes bare in the winter, it's bright red stems add a lovely splash of welcome colour. In the spring, it's necessary to cut it back severely to between 5-10cm from the ground. The bendy stalks are perfect to weave into a natural wreath.

Time: 1 hour



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Dogwood before pruning


Materials
Dogwood stalks
Secateurs
Twist tie
Ribbon to hang

Method
Using a sharp pair of secateurs, prune the dogwood between 5-10cm from the ground, just above a knot where the next leaves will grow.
Select a bunch of long straight stalks and trim off any leaves if they have started to sprout.



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The stalks of the Dogwood and a beautiful dark red


Take the first stalk and bend it into a circle.
Secure the circle with a twist tie. The twist tie will get hidden once you wrap around more stalks.



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A twist tie is ideal to secure the circle


Take a second stalk and twist it around and around the circle. You don't need to join or glue it in anyway. The sticks will hold together and any ends sticking out can be trimmed.



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Twist around a second stalk



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Keep twisting around more stalks


Contine twisting around more stalks until you're happy with the width.
Tuck any loose ends in that you can.



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Tuck loose ends into gaps


Use the secateurs to trim any large ends that won't bend and tuck in.



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If you want to hanG your wreath, thread a piece of ribbon through a gap and tie a knot.

This simple wreath looks great on it's own but you could decorate it further if you want. Tuck in a few paper poppies in for Rememberance or Anzac Day or attach some small festive baubles for Christmas. This wreath would also be a subtle decoration on a grave stone as an alternative to flowers that quickly wilt.

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