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February 2023
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Not an engineer for nothing.

We inherited some gorgeous and old peony plants when we bought our house. The one in the back is so large and crowded that the plants fall to the ground.

I realized this weekend I needed to fix this, but pretty metal stakes with the loops at the top are expensive! So I thought and thought about what to do to get the flowers off the ground.

Twisty ties are too short. String will cut into the stems. Anything else costs money. Then BAM: ribbon is as long as you need it and the wideness prevents it from being sharp on the plant.

Yesterday I was at home and thought to tie up the plant. Except I don’t have any ribbon. I wandered around the house. Cut a pair of jeans to make shorts. Did some errands. Wandered around some more looking for nonexistent ribbon some more. Finally thought… I bet I can cut up something else to make ribbon!

So I took the jean legs from earlier and drew a spiral down the leg. Then I started cutting along the line.

RIBBON! (Well, not really, but good enough for government work.)

The next part of this process was to find a stick I could use to hold the plant upright. Even if I tied the whole plant, I didn’t want it to be TIGHT, I just wanted the plant gathered loosely. But most of the stems were leaning towards the northeast (in the first picture, see how most of the stems are leaning towards the photographer?). That meant the whole plant would lean to the northeast.

Then I tied the jeans around the base of the stems.

And stuck the stick/stake inside the loop to hold the plant upright!

It’s not as pretty as I imagined it would be (with a pretty pink ribbon to match the peonies), but not bad for a Monday.

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