Never underestimate the power of a plant or a snack board...
About two years ago, I bought two ivy topiaries at Winn Dixie and those little plants lived for almost 2 years right in my living room. I was faithful to take care of them... until this summer when I wasn't... lol. So about a month ago, I bought 2 more plants and used the same topiary rings from the old ones and these new topiaries are thriving. In fact, they have already grown so much I am constantly finding new stems to wrap around the ring.
I thought I would share this simple little project because it is so easy and I find it a bit therapeutic.
You only need two things!
1. A mature ivy plant. Find ivy that already has longer vines that can be wrapped around the topiary form. If you're local, I can tell you all the places you can find this kind of ivy. They typically do not sell it at Lowes or Home Depot.
2. A topiary ring or cone! You can find these on Amazon.
Two steps, first stick the topiary form into the ivy plant then start wrapping the vines around the form. As the plant grows, continue wrapping the new growth around the form.
I water my ivy about once a week - maybe more like every 5 days when the dirt starts to feel dry. Mine sit right next to a window, so they get a good amount of sunlight. Ivy is prone to spider mites so I treat mine with a soapy water solution or you could also use something like this. I do this once a month or maybe every 3 weeks or so. I don't have it down to a science but the ivy topiaries I had before really built my confidence in caring for them.
I also picked up a creeping fig plant and followed the same steps. I think it is especially festive with the pumpkin in the center! I am not sure how long this plant will last inside, so I'll transfer it outside when I start to notice it needs it.
Today's Snack Board!
- Toast with peanut butter and honey drizzled top
- Sliced turkey I picked up from Lakeshore Produce
- Pecans and pumpkins seeds coated with maple syrup and a little salt. (Put in the oven for about 5 minutes)
- Pears, apples, and grapes!