I had this frog topiary that over the last couple of years had died and had seen better days. I decided that I was going to try to rehab the frog so he could sit on my porch again and be enjoyed.
Here's what he looked like before I started my project. I clipped off all the dead ivy stems so I would be able to start over without them in the way. There were little pins holding the dead stems in place, so I pulled those out so I could reuse them later. I got a couple packages of floral moss at Hobby Lobby. I didn't have a pattern, so I just tried to apply the pieces of moss to fit the shape of the frog.
It was easier than I thought it was going to be when I decided to start the project.
Here he is before I put his eyes back.
I had two small ivy plants that I used to fill the pot and to get the frog started. I also have a lot of ivy growing in my yard (I love ivy), so I tried to get some runners that I could use to start the covering process. I found a couple of runners that were about a foot and a half long, so I placed their roots in with the two new plants and pinned the runner to the frog's body.
I used a hosta and a begonia to fill the back part of the pot to give it some height and texture and a little bit of color. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
Here's my frog about a month later.
All the new plants are doing great and the runners that I got from my yard have rooted. I am so pleased that I didn't have a problem with the runners dying and needing to be replaced. I think my frog has turned out to be a real PRINCE CHARMING.