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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Boxwood ~ Fresh, Dried, Preserved

Thursday, April 23, 2015


New growth outside and real greenery inside 
revive my spirits each Spring.  

Boxwood is one of the plants I love using
more than one way to provide that greenery for Spring renewal.

Preserved boxwood from HomeGoods

Boxwood ~
fresh, dried, preserved 

Boxwood is not a new plant for homeowners and gardeners. 
Fresh boxwood with its delightful fragrance and easy-to-train nature 
have made it a very popular plant worldwide. 
Here in the United States, boxwood gardens appear at historic grand gardens, 
and in France, sculpted boxwood also appears in renowned public gardens. 
A French connection always piques my interest. 
See links at the end of the post to visit boxwood sites in both 
the old and new worlds. 



I've recently developed an interest in trying to grow boxwood shrubs 
outside both for how they look outside and for cutting sprigs to bring inside. 
Sculpted boxwood in an urn gives the front entry a touch of the French look I love.  




The first day of Spring gets so much attention, 
that I realized recently that I forgot that Spring lasts until mid-June. 
Spring does not come for just one day and then leave the next. 

The boxwood shaped tree hasn't forgotten however. 

At the beginning of Spring, 
the boxwood tree was moved from the protected covered area 
to along the sidewalk where it could get sun and rainwater. 



The tree-shaped boxwood has new growth everywhere 
and continues to thrive in the ongoing Spring sunshine and temperatures.  
The winter was harsh with snow, ice, and frigid temperatures even into March 
making me fear that the new little potted boxwood tree would not survive. 
There are a few dead sprigs, but all the new growth will 
fill in the dead spots quickly. 



A real bird's nest made by some sweet little bird in the Bonjour bucket 
welcomes you inside to see more boxwood greenery.    



Inside, the front entry has a new nursery potted boxwood 
with its light fragrance and lots of new growth in a plant stand. 
For less money than the cost of a Trader Joe's wreath, 
a small boxwood shrub is a Springtime fresh look that can be used inside, 
and then relocated to outside long before Spring disappears in mid-June. 

There are also formerly fresh, but now drying, boxwood wreaths 
on a back door and on the little chippy green wooden folding chair. 



The wreaths were fresh from Trader Joe's at Christmas time. 
One was on the front door and the other at the top of the kitchen plant stand. 

I'm saving them to reuse next year as painted wreaths. 
I've never tried this before, and the wreaths may not last until Christmas, 
but I'm enjoying them as air-dried boxwood for now. 
Those $10 wreaths from Trader Joe's are a real bargain 
that I'm stretching through Spring, or longer. 



Preserved boxwood wreaths are so beautiful that I use them 
year round, not just at Christmas. 

This one hangs in the kitchen sunspace, but only for a short time. 
Sunshine and late Spring warming temperatures will cause it 
to fade and to dry out. 
Soon I will move it back into my bedroom to hang 
out of the direct sunshine and on the door of a French armoire. 

Boxwood in all its natural states,
fresh, dried, and preserved, 
brings new spirit and green throughout my house. 

Wishing a sunny bright Spring for everyone 
where ever you are planted...  

See the following links for boxwood information 
and visits to beautiful gardens. 


And Spring cleaning continues at my house... 
Wait 'til you see my mudroom makeover! 
A catch-all mudroom is becoming an organized 
fun place to store tools, flower vases, over-sized pots, 
and vintage bits and pieces. 

Please join me at these inspiring sites...

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8 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You and I have the same white BONJOUR bucket! I love it!

And I have two boxwood gardens that need tending but the snow we had on Tuesday has brought more cold air even for my birthday weekend. Well, I'll get outside sometime in late May or mid-June!

Lovely share today Judith! Anita

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Judith,
A post that touches my heart. I love boxwood and have it growing in my stone walled gardens that I manicure and greatly enjoy, I also have two that flank our front door on each side which live in tall Zinc containers. I also have faux boxwood topiaries I purchased from RH. When they arrived the instructions said to avoid bright sunlight and monthly mist with water. I've followed directions and they are still stunning.
Now your cute Bonjour bucket that has a bird's nest in it totally intrigues me. Most birds will not build a nest where there is human activity. Well maybe one day one will fly into your home and take up residence,
Your description of "delightful fragrance" of boxwood I happen to agree with - But my neighbor puts her nose in the air with the gentle breeze of my boxwood garden and announces with displeasure "some cat is peeing outside"! So from one boxwood lover to another I just had to share that.
Another post I love Judith.
xx,
Vera

Maria Elena said...

Love boxwood also! We have four bushes in our flower garden and I have use their clippings before to make wreaths for my home. I wish I knew how to preserve them. Have a great weekend! xxx Maria

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Judith girl, awww! Yes, box woods.... I love the look and feel that they loosely give or strongly give when manicured in a French garden, I use mine in all sorts of ways, as you have done here. I also have them potted in huge terra cotta pots on the porch. Better yet that I don't have is a brick porch covered in moss staining as you have and I love your brick porch all covered in moss. We on the southern Calif, desert have a hard time even growing garden varieties such as irish moss or mosses of any kind in the dark shaded area that we can keep damp because of our dry climate.

I think I may make a boxwood arrangmet today, inspired by the beaitiful home of yours.

See you soon.
Xx
Dore

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love how a bird made it's nest in your basket...love it! Preserved boxwoods are so pretty and I use them all year too.
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

The Charm of Home said...

I love these wreaths! Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining HSH!
Sherry

Karen @ karensuponthehill said...

Judith, I love to keep boxwood wreaths out all year as well! And all your boxwood looks just beautiful!
Thank yo so much for sharing with me for Something to Talk About :)
Karen

Lois Arnold said...

What a wonderful way to add a touch of green. We do have a couple of boxwood shrubs, but the others were lost a couple of years ago when we had a deep freeze here in AZ. I love it when birds make their nests in places that are unexpected. One made it's nest in the wreath we had on the front door when we lived in Alabama. I hated to use the front door and disturb the mama and her eggs.