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Always use a dolly when dealing with heavy or oversized containers. Heavy potted plants are easily moved with a homemade dolly.

Begin by finding a flat stone that is large enough to hold the pot. Cut a piece of three-fourths-inch exterior plywood into a square just smaller than the stone. Stain the plywood to match the stone’s color. Attach four casters to the plywood. Set stone on plywood and plant on stone. Hold the pot when moving to avoid tipping.

Miniature topiary
Over the weekend I made a simple wire form to train an ivy houseplant that had grown long.

Any vining or climbing houseplant can be trained into a pleasing shape of your own design. I’ve even seen wire frames made to hold small candles for a dining table.

Use needle-nosed pliers to make a form with medium-gauge, stainless-steel wire.

To create a coil or spiral, wrap wire around a cylindrical mold, such as a soup can, or a conical shape, like a flower pot. Leave a straight 4-inch length at the end to anchor in the soil of a young potted plant. To prevent snags on the other end, turn one-half-inch of wire back on itself. Gently twine the vine around the wire form. You can loosely tie new growth to the stake if it doesn’t cooperate.

Pressed-plant cards
Send notes or invitations on cards decorated with dainty ferns and flowers. Select thin, delicate cuttings because they dry easily.

Working on an ironing board, place leaves and petals on top of three layers of plain newsprint. Place another sheet of newsprint on top. Press with an iron set at medium temperature until the plant cuttings turn slightly paler, about two minutes.

Attach dried cuttings to card stock with spray adhesive and let dry.

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is an advanced Master Gardener.

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