An Unusual New Topiary

Posted by F&S

There's a lot of hustle and bustle going on in the house.  Martha's having a holiday dinner party this evening and the house is being decorated quite festively.  Martha found a wonderful juniper topiary in New York City's flower district and wanted Ryan to prepare it for display in the kitchen.  How could we Frenchies not get involved with that project?  The kitchen is our domain, after all!

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So, Ryan, you don't usually pot up plants in the house, but you got special permission from Martha, since it's so cold outside.

1 So, Ryan, you don't usually pot up plants in the house, but you got special permission from Martha, since it's so cold outside.

Martha brought an unusual juniper topiary home and she wants it potted in one of master potter, Guy Wolff's beautiful pots.

2 Martha brought an unusual juniper topiary home and she wants it potted in one of master potter, Guy Wolff's beautiful pots.

Wow!  That certainly is unusual.  I suppose you can call it a weeping juniper.

3 Wow! That certainly is unusual. I suppose you can call it a weeping juniper.

Ryan, let me help you place this broken pottery shard over the drain hole in the bottom of the pot.

4 Ryan, let me help you place this broken pottery shard over the drain hole in the bottom of the pot.

Now for the fun part...

5 Now for the fun part...

Adding potting soil to the pot

6 Adding potting soil to the pot

You want to add just a bit over the bottom of the pot

7 You want to add just a bit over the bottom of the pot

And then lift the juniper out of its plastic pot

8 And then lift the juniper out of its plastic pot

And drop the root ball into the new pot

9 And drop the root ball into the new pot

Ryan, I'll help you fill in with more potting soil while you make sure the juniper is straight.

10 Ryan, I'll help you fill in with more potting soil while you make sure the juniper is straight.

What do you think?  Does it look straight to you?

11 What do you think? Does it look straight to you?

For a decorative effect, Ryan is covering the top of the pot with Spanish moss.

12 For a decorative effect, Ryan is covering the top of the pot with Spanish moss.

Voila!  That looks beautiful.  Now, clean up this mess!

13 Voila! That looks beautiful. Now, clean up this mess!

Comments (14)

  • As always, you two did a great job helping Ryan pot that tree!
    Now on to the important stuff....Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Francesca!!!!!! We hope you get everything you want today....and more. Hope they have cake!
    It's finally Friday!!!!!
    Don't think there's much going on around here this weekend. Mom has...another!...lunch date today, but at least Dad will be home. Then Mom and Dad both work this weekend. So it will be a quiet one for us.
    We are suppose to get more snow....yeah!...on Saturday. I, Brutus, can't wait. That will be close to a foot of snow so far this year. Waaay more than all of last year.
    Hope everyone has a great weekend...stay safe!
    Pugs and kisses,
    Brutus and Max

  • Hello Girls & all my Glue Squad Buddies,
    TGIF, and I guess that means for you girls, that Martha's holiday party is tonight. I expect many photo updates. Now this weeping juniper, I can just imagine with lots of beautiful BLING on it. Wow, it must be exciting around your house.

    I need to do some birthday singing---you see it is Abby and Jimmy's Mom's birthday tomorrow. So here goes for Trace...Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Mama Trace, Happy Birthday to you....and many more!!! Could ya hear me, could ya, could ya? Hope you have a fun party and get lots of treats...oops, I mean presents.

    We have had a very busy week, so it is calm and collect thyself weekend. Staying in the 40's. Is everyone else warming up? Bake up a storm and have a GEM of a weekend.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Good morning,
    That looks like a modernistic Christmas tree. I like it. Have fun at the party.
    It looks like birthday wishes are in order for Abby and James Dean's mom and Francesca? So many birthdays, hard to keep up. I hope you birthday girls enjoy the day. I hope you get nice cakes decorated with biscuits. Well, I know one of the birthday girls is a human but I can dream, can't i? Hehehehehe
    Have a great weekend. We are supposed to get about 9 inches of snow. And there is a dog show this weekend too. Great. It couldn't wait till after the weekend. Geez.
    Stay warm and safe and happy
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad Buddies - Happy Birthday to you, Francesca. Bet Sharkey and GK have big plans for you today, maybe the kitties will help too-hope you have a great day. Then Abby & James Dean's mom's b-day tomorrow, wow...what a weekend..Party time for everyone. Not much happening here, I'm trying to be good for the guy in the red suit. Weather peepers said a snowstorm for the weekend, that means, snow angels for me--hehe. Better run, Mom will be heading out soon to do some errands. Have a nice weekend everybody.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Everybody: Firstly, birthday wishes - Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. Pia, we are sorry we did not get to comment yesterday, its all Mom's fault! Happy Birthday today to Francesca - we hope your day is full of biscuits, happy times and good company - enjoy! And Happy pre-birthday to Abby & James Dean's mom tomorrow, have a wonderful day whatever you have planned!
    Well the sunshine is long gone but we are still in the deep freeze. Our fishes have finally gone to bed, Dad went out to feed them yesterday and they are all sleeping at the bottom of the pond which has ice on the top except for the heater and the bubblers. Expecting some snow tonight and tomorrow, so .... its beginning to look a lot like Christmas ..... We are getting quite excited about it (although Riley boy doesn't need a reason to get excited about anything - I think he was born excited!). Its Christmas shopping this weekend for Mom and Dad (mostly Mom), so we'll just have a quiet weekend apart from our carpenter man is coming tomorrow to do some refurbishment on our wall units downstairs, so we will have to be supervising the job. Everyone have a great weekend, keep warm and safe - we'll check back in later to see what everyone is up to! Martha, Miz Lu and Riley boy.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you so much for another wonderful blog, you two sweet girls! Your friend Ryan sure does a great job raising lots of flowers and plants and did another great job potting that beautiful topiary that Martha just bought for that wonderful dinner tonight! Martha's kitchen certainly is your great domain and Ryan sure did a great job again! Using Guy Woolff's beautiful new pot sure looked marvelous and the dinner people will love that, also! Sure hope you have a great evening and be sure to hug GK again for me! Happy Birthday today sweet Francesca! Happy Birthday Abby and James Dean's Mom tomorrow! Happy Birthday Brutus on Sunday! What a great weekend for Birthday's!!! Great to hear from Brutus and Max, Ruby, Maddox, and Missy Chow so far this morning and will check back again to read even more! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good morning ladies,
    I took a break from some very important work to write to you today (I'll explain in a bit).
    First things first - Happy Birthday dear Frannie, happy birthday to you! Any special treats from the kitchen today?
    And since Brutus' birthday is Sunday - Happy Birthday dear Brutus, happy birthday to youuuuuu!
    Now, the tree. That is really special, I loved pic#11, it made Mimi & me laugh. We think the tree is straight. Hope you can post a picture of it decorated.
    Now my important business - there is a storm coming and Mimi had laundry up on the bathtub deck. I saw her fleece robe & decided it would make a great bed in Papa's closet. So, when no one was looking, I pulled it down & dragged into the closet corner & made myself a little bed. Now I'll feel safe and warm no matter how much the wind blows or how much it snows. I've seen Ruby butt-vrroooom & I know that her Mom can do it (Mimi too), but I just can't get the hang of it. We hope you are doing better, Karen.
    Mimi's knee it getting better each day, good thing, she needs 4 dozen cookies for Monday night book club.
    Have a great weekend everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Today is Friday the 13th. Some say it is an unlucky day but I think it is just like any other day. I have to go make a vet visit this afternoon so my eye can be checked. Now if I don’t have problems with my other eye, I’ll be just fine. Anyway, I use my nose to tell me where I am and can do just fine with the one eye. I think I already know what Santa is going to bring me; a new ‘cone.’ I have beaten this one I now have so much it looks as if it has been in a war. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • :-) TGIF 13th! ;-) at least the sun is out for the time being....
    Great Topiary, and such great photos of you Frenchies!
    So, a Happy Birthday to Dear Frannie...have a grand day sweets! A forthcoming Birthday Wish for Brutus! As well a Happy Birthday Wish to Abby and JD's mom!
    OMG I just remembered Kitty being outside in the 12 degree weather...hang on, got to let her in and tell her I'm sorry for forgetting her :-(
    OK after a treat and warming her ears, she forgave me.
    Got to go make a nice late breakfast for hubby :-) chorizo, eggs and toast, a Puerto Rican yummy.
    Hugs to all,
    delia & Kitty =^..^=

  • Hi Y'all,
    Yes girls, it looks straight from here! That's one cool looking juniper! Bet it would be beautiful decked out in tiny pearly white and azure glass balls. Even better if they were those elongated, teardrop shapes. I'm sure that however you girls decorate it, it will be beautiful.
    Happy Birthday Francesca! May many splendid treats fall to the floor for you!
    Happy advanced birthday to Abby and James Deans Mom! And to Brutus for Sunday. Lots of wonderful people and pets were born this month. Must be the special spirit in the air.
    Kirby, that's not such a great gift for Christmas! Maybe you'll get one of those soft cones! That would be a good present. Hoping your good eye is still good. That would be the best gift of all!
    Yep Ruby, it's warming up here! Rain tomorrow, but warming through next week. Above freezing at night and into the 50's during the day and SUN! Lots of yard time this coming week. Please keep safe everyone who is getting bad weather this weekend. Snow can be fun as long as you keep your body in an upright position! Rebel probably has the right idea. Snuggle in something nice and warm and sleep through it!
    Everyone have a Doggy Good Weekend and stay safe!
    Dixie Boy

  • Beautiful indeed! Will ornaments adorn the juniper? Though it's pretty majestic on it's own.

    A snow event in the works for this weekend. Grumble, grumble, grumble! :)

    Hope Martha's party goes well!

    Happy Friday to all the gluey's, furry and human!
    gail

  • Hello Sharkey and birthday Girl Francesca,
    What a beautiful and unusual juniper topiary tree! It looks wonderful in the special clay pot. Sharkey, you looked worried during the potting process, maybe hopind franny doesn't find her presents today early?? Happy BIRTHDAY FRANCESCA!!!
    For Sunday, Happy Birthday Brutus!! Tomorrow is Trace, my human Mom's birthday too so it must be party weekend! Thank you to all our Glue Squad buddies for remembering her too.
    Kirby Bear, I hope you get a good report from the doctor. Missy Chow, bundle up for our newest snow storm coming on saturday up the East coast. I must say, Ruby, thought I heard you singing today...
    Jimmy really misses Zoe, I hope she is keeping warm down by the Jersey shore. Tomorrow we are having a birthday breakfast and there's BACON on the menu, yummy. Stay safe and warm all my friends,
    Abby the pug/peke/frenchie girl

  • Happy Birthday Brutus. Wow, 3 birthdays in one weekend. Francesca, Trace and Brutus. Lots of partying going on this weekend, eh? We are getting bad weather so I am going to stock up on my biscuits.
    Maddox

  • Hello Francesca and Brutus,
    I can't believe my assistant with the birthday list (you know, Mom) didn't get the word to me for Franny's and Brutus's birthday. I will sing again for you both,Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Franny and Brutus, Happy birthday to you.....and many more. I am so sorry for being late Franny, as it is Saturday, but Brutus, buddy I am early. Have a GEM of a birthday all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

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