Monday, April 9, 2018

Painted Garden Markers for Trees, Shrubs, and Large Plants {Guest Post}


We recently shared a collaboration post with our partner blog Creativity Unmasked on how to make these gorgeous custom plant markers. Head to Creativity Unmasked for the full step-by-step DIY details. I am absolutely smitten with the tags and will definitely be making some similar tags for the new garden!  The double tie points hold the tags securely in position without being battered about by winds. The tags combined with stretchy t-shirt yarn work perfectly to hold securely but gently around larger trees, like my young pip and stone fruit trees, but also onto smaller shrubs or the supporting stakes for brambles or climbers. 



I know that vinyl templates and paint may not be the greeniest possible choices, but after years (years!) of my large markers blowing away, succumbing to rain, rot, and gunge, or useless fading, these pretty painted markers are a good compromise for me. Plus, they were made using nothing but materials already on hand, including scrap wood and almost empty pre-move paints from the workshop so I'm happy with the compromise.  Plus, if they help the new owners grow and enjoy the garden, it will be an investment in the future.


I couldn't resit including this snap of the berry patch (now slipping into autumn/winter dormancy) being overtaken by a profusion of companion planted marigolds. I'm not a fan of marigolds in the garden for looks, but their utility for companion planting and durability in the face of poor conditions, pests, and whatever else the garden throws at them has been winning me over...at least in lower visibility areas like underplanting with the berries and brambles. The berry plants may be pruned and/or going bare for winter, but the patch still looks so happy. There is a large old rhododendron on the other side of the blueberries (equally happy with the acid loving blueberries preferred soil) but the marigolds are tolerating things well.  Blueberries don't like to be crowded, but I mass planted this and other sections of the patch with seeds this year to help control the weeds and as a living mulch in the face of our summer drought and watering restrictions. It worked great! A little too great even - I had to thin out and trim the marigolds. They're also setting plenty of seed to collect and redistribute or save for future planting.

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