It’s sunny in Portland today, and I was out in the garden in earnest for the first time in months. I pruned a neglected hydrangea, and while standing back to admire my handiwork, I naturally started brainstorming about what I could do with the clippings. I’m a cheap gardener which feeds my inclination toward DIY.
The straightest and most flexible of the pruned twigs could go into a rough construction of willow edging (although it won’t be exclusively willow, obviously). I only have short bursts of time in the garden, so I never have enough twigs to construct an entire length of edging, but this is a project that can evolve, patchwork-like, over a month or two. Place the “stakes” (the thick supporting branches) and just weave in what you’ve got at the time. Each time you prune something, weave in a little more. Kids LOVE this. The picture above is a lovely example — from Gayla Trail’s journal (part of one of my fave gardening sites, You Grow Girl).
Another idea: fairy houses! Inspired by the book Fairy Houses Everywhere, this has become my daughter’s favorite sunny day activity. Save small-scale twigs and artfully-twisted branches for building material. You can decorate with moss, bark, and blossoms.
Do you have any suggestions for using up spring prunings?