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Gardening in America
Trumpet Vine Wreaths
by Nancy Fletcher

Trumpet Vine WreathsNothing perks a house up like some simple entry way splash of color on the door.  Depending on the creativity of the owner of that door there can be all sorts of fresh and innovative ways to welcome one's guests.

Over the years in doing canvassing work of some sort or another the time a homeowner took to decorate their home at this one point made an impression on me. If one is collecting for some charity or simply delivering something most usually the doors become all alike in plainness. However, there will be one with a seasonal decor which will bring a smile to the face, thus lightening our steps a bit. We care, thus we do the canvassing, and someone else too cares,  enough to make our short visit at their door pleasant.

The trumpet vine grows in profusion and this is what we will use for a base wreath to decorate. We have discovered cutting the vine back to a stalk only increases its vigor. There is never a shortage of the vines. They seem to just be there growing, shedding their leaves for mulch, producing bright flowers for the hummingbirds, but other than that of no use what so ever.

That is, until this year when it was discovered the vines are easy to pull down, clip off with the lopping shears and wind them into a circle for a wreath. The leaves are easier to strip away than with the grape vines.  The heavy stalks are so pliable they can be easily shaped into ovals without breaking. They do not have the husk like bark and probably, if they are allowed to dry it will be possible to shellac them for a nice finish too. Certainly these wreaths will make a nice frame for whatever one decides to hang upon them. The cost is right. One's theme will only be limited to the amount of glue in your glue gun and your own creative imagination. At our house there is a wealth of small throw away toys from the grandchildren.  If you don't own a glue gun, fine fishing line will tie things in place while being invisible itself.  One last word. When the thing becomes weathered and unsightly by all means take it down, clean it up and decorate again.

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