I have two ivy plants that are growing like crazy. I have snipped off a few of the tendrils to keep it in bounds, but now I have decided to make a topiary out of it. I took some heavy wire and formed a circle with two prongs to go down in the dirt. This is a large circle, so I felt that I needed a tallish container. I planted the two ivies...one on either side near the center and twisted it a bit and held some of the vines in place with jute. I hope to have this ready for Christmas. A wreath with a red bow on the top. It has a lot of growing to do. It's down in my basement, so I can work on it. These are fun to do...you have to keep snipping to keep it neat. Or you can just let it go and keep twisting it around and around with sprigs coming up from the bottom and trailing over the edge of the container. There's a book shelf in our breakfast nook that I plan to fill with plants. Last year I had my amaryllis there and some other Christmasy things. I hope that this will be a focal point on the shelf. It isn't the first time that I've made one. Years ago, I was invited to lunch at a friend's and I made her a heart shaped one, because it was Valentine's Day. I'll keep posting pictures as it fills out.