Gardening Idea – Use Ribbon Instead of String ~ I have quite a large garden filled with all kinds of perennials but I live in a Hardiness Zone 3 Garden area. Not only does that limit the choices of plants that can survive but I also have to deal with diverse unpredictable weather including early frost in the Fall, late frost in the Spring, hail, wind, too much rain and not enough rain depending on the season.
When I stick something in the ground I am just happy to see it grow. I call it ‘leap of faith’ gardening. With the weather elements I need to stake my tall perennials and so I thought I would share my gardening idea to use ribbon instead of string.
While I was away for a month we had a very rainy summer so far and my husband was great at maintaining the garden. My garden actually looked quite awesome when I returned! But two days before I came home a wind storm swept through the area and did some damage to my tall growing delphiniums. Some of the tall stalks had been snapped and collapsed to the ground. It was a shame because they were blooming so nicely.
I tried to salvage what was left of the plants. I cut off the damaged stalks and made them into a simple bouquet, which is now sitting on the front step. It was tricky to find a tall and strong enough vase that wasn’t glass. This is just a plastic decanter that I use as a watering jug for my indoor plants. To hide the handle I just tied a white ribbon around the decanter and secured it with a double bow. While doing this it gave me an idea for supporting the delphiniums in the back garden!
Since these plants were very tall with quite beautiful but heavy stalks of blooms, I needed to create a very sturdy support system so the plants could continue to thrive the rest of the blooming and growing season. Always wanting to make use of what is already in the house, I came up with the idea of using wide ribbon that I use in my craft projects. The wired ribbon I used was 4 cm (1 ½ inch) wide and made of nylon and polyester so with the width, the extra wire and the fabric contents, it was a very strong choice. I also liked that the softer fabric didn’t cut into the plant, looked a lot nicer than gardening twine, is weather resistant, is reusable from year to year and it was really easy to work with. To create extra support I just tied the ribbon to the fence behind the plants, which you can’t really see when looking at the front of the garden. These plants now stand nice and tall and are quite stunning!
I used translucent green with gold trim ribbon on this 183 cm (six feet) tall white delphinium. You can hardly see the ribbon because the green colour blends in with the green stems.
I used white ribbon with silver detailing on this purple and white delphinium. I really like how it creates a nice contrast against the green stems.
I now am supporting all of my tall perennials in the garden with ribbon! I am keeping an eye out for sales on different colours of ribbon so I am organized for next year’s growing season!
I also use ribbon to keep my folded sheets secured. I invite you to check out this blog post about how I organize my linen closet including sheets in My Very Organized Linen Closet.
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