Birds of a FeatherIn August 2014, Birds of a Feather, talked about a centerpiece for my feathered friends, and then, went blithely on to talk about birdhouses!   The idea languished as many ideas do, only to be remembered with the beautiful foliage this spectacular autumn.

Burning Bush branches

Sadly,  woodlands have been infiltrated by burning bush (Euonymous alata), one of the beautiful but horrible invasive plants destroying native habitats.  Why are so many invasives so pretty?  This year the burning bush colors ranged from palest salmon pink through bright red.   In late November, I harvested some branches for my project – strictly for the home, burning bush is NOT allowed in flower shows!!  Harvesting helps get rid of it too! Silver wires form the nestShaping them as I worked and wound the trimmed branches with silver wire (22 gauge) which I thought would give more flexibility with the shaping.  The branches were leafless but fresh so they were fairly soft.  When I came to the end of a branch, I added another, keeping to the most flexible sections.  However as you can see it was not what I had envisioned at all.  And not helped by the bright silver wire… which was supposed to look insouciant not messy!

Nesting branches glued

Beginning again, I made individual branch rings of different diameters that were hot glued and clamped with clothes pins til firm.  I made a lot of different diameters and didn’t worry about the roundness of their shape or even match them while I was working.

 Euonymous alataThe best part of this system was that it allowed for the unique stem texture to show which is the whole point of these branches.

wires and berriesThe various rings were plopped (technical term) on each other until a loose pleasing form was achieved.  In strategic places a dot of hot blue insured structural integrity.  A few more berries were glued on and then fine crinkled copper boullion craft wire was wound through for texture and a little bling.

 branches ringing orange

 ranunculus nesting

orange glows


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Nesting…

  1. Carole says:

    Love your start over attitude. Great results.

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