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Beautiful Christmas Green!


Dear Friends,

Happy first day of a brand new week! Let’s get this week off to a festive, fun and inspiring start, shall we! It is already starting to look alot like Christmas at our home! Big Elf (a.k.a. husband) helped me yesterday on a record-breaking day for cold (-10.7 Celsius) to festively festoon our front door with fresh foliage! I know! That’s a mouthful!

Despite the bitter cold, we felt energized by the job! We spent the entire afternoon decking the outside of the house and the hours just flew by! I love this time of year, readying for the approaching holidays.

The tea’s ready! (hope you like Earl Grey). Clasp your hands around your cuppa to keep warm and let’s go outside to see the progress so far, shall we…

P1130720I started with our never-ending garden planters and window boxes last weekend, trying to cram in all the cedar and fir and ivy clippings I could gather before we got a solid frost to save me from having to run back and forth the house with a steaming kettle, like a mad woman, pouring hot water over the soil in attempts to soften it up just enough to stick in a few branches and fashion them into something that resembles a ‘design’. Luckily, I pretty much had them completed before the freezing weather came upon us.


I just LOVE the welcoming planters that dot our front walkway and deck in nod to the season!  In fact, I’ve decided they please me as much as when they’re filled with summertime blooms!

Contents include a wonderful aromatic mix of cedar, pine, fir, magnolia and berried juniper purchased from garden centres and grocery stores, combined with homegrown clippings of boxwood, perennial ivy, euonymous, ornamental cabbage, seedpods, twigs and bare branches and, of course, pinecones large and small. Oh, and a few birdhouses and abandoned nests, obelisks, fresh pineapple and apples and even some garden statuary thrown in for good measure! The possibilities are, indeed, endless! I am limited merely by lack of time and shortened hours of daylight! Sigh.

P1130681Seasonal garden planters bring an incredible note of warmth and welcoming to an otherwise ordinary front entry, don’t you think!  

P1130744And, remember to put your garden accessories to work in the off season! Why not!  Birdbaths, birdhouses and birdcages, benches and wagons, vintage lanterns, snowshoes, skates, sleds and even horse hames (I’ve used them all through the years) help create joyful vignettes that will delight young and old alike.

IMG_0543I’m thrilled you took time out of your busy day to stop by and share.  Come back soon and I’ll share how I turned my garden obelisk into a Christmas tree!

Wishing you a beautiful day,



“Bloom Boxes” on my upper deck look great year round planted with easy everlastings: mini cedar trees, mini boxwood and perennial English ivy (translation: no deadheading ever — "The Gin and Tonic Gardener "style- a reference to a Canadian best seller by Janice Wells). I simply push into the soil a few sprigs of pine, fir and cedar at Christmastime. Easy peasy!

“Bloom Boxes” on my upper deck look great year round planted with easy everlastings: mini cedar trees, mini boxwood and perennial English ivy (translation: no deadheading ever — “The Gin and Tonic Gardener “style- a reference to a Canadian best seller by Janice Wells). I simply push into the soil a few sprigs of pine, fir and cedar at Christmastime. Easy peasy!


I’m thrilled to be joining the party at Inspiration Monday, Make It Pretty Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Tea Time TuesdayThe ScoopWhat We Accomplished Wednesday  Wordless Wednesday, What’s It Wednesday, Cottage Style PartyFriends Sharing Tea, Home and Garden Thursday, Open House Thursday, Show and Tell FridayFeathered Nest Friday, Home Sweet Home, What To Do Weekends, The Homemaking Party, Christmas Extravaganza, Saturday Show Off Pink Saturday, Be Inspired and Seasonal Sunday.


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  1. 2013/12/03 at 12:52 am

    Reblogged this on jeanne's blog…a nola girl at heart and commented:
    For the month of December I plan to reblog one Christmas themed post each day. I am already a day late…The post I have chosen for today is from Beautiful Ideas…and what a beautiful idea for a lovely entrance. I hope to create a warm and welcome entrance to our home before the week is out. Grab a hot cup of tea or cocoa and enjoy the beautiful images…

  2. 2013/12/03 at 12:55 am

    Beautiful! I love how you used the fresh greenery. I am inspired.

    • 2013/12/03 at 12:58 am

      Thanks so much! I’m thrilled! And, thank you, too, for featuring this post on your blog! XO
      Wishing you a beautiful week with tons of inspiration,

  3. 2013/12/03 at 7:55 am

    Gorgeous! Everything looks just gorgeous! Love that huge bow on the wreath, too! Fabulous entryway to welcome guests! Susan

  4. 2013/12/03 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Linda,
    You and Midge did a great job – it is very welcoming!
    Take care,

  5. 2013/12/05 at 4:35 pm

    Dear Linda,
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.
    You made some beautiful photos. How pretty and festive your house looks!
    Love the way you decorated your door. It looks very warm and inviting!
    Wishing you a happy weekend ahead!
    Love, Madelief x

  6. 2013/12/07 at 12:55 am

    What a delightful spot you have here, Linda! I’m a huge fan of natural outdoor decorating for Christmas and winter and you have made so many lovely and artful presentations.
    Thanks for popping by “my house” – now it’s good to visit at yours.

  7. 2013/12/10 at 9:50 pm

    It looks so beautiful and FULL. I bet it all smells wonderful, too! Stopping by from Wordless Wednesdays from Create with Joy!

  8. Carolyn Walsh
    2013/12/11 at 4:14 pm

    I just love all of the fairies!

  9. 2013/12/11 at 4:21 pm

    Just beautiful, Linda! I can imagine how wonderful it all smells. Thanks for sharing.

    Christmas blessings,

  10. Iris
    2013/12/11 at 4:55 pm

    Your outside pictures and the Santa post are amazing. I feel such Christmas spirit looking at them. Thank you for sharing the beauty.

  11. 2013/12/11 at 7:55 pm

    I love the snow on the foliage and how you incorporated your garden treasures in the decorating.

  12. 2013/12/11 at 9:50 pm

    I love it. That is the most beautiful porch….Ever! I’ll pay you to come do mine….


    • 2013/12/11 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Christine!
      If I lived near, I would come by and we could decorate together!

  13. 2013/12/11 at 11:47 pm

    Your porch looks glorious. I hope that in the next few days I will be able to do mine as it is supposed to warm up. I am only sorry that I don’t have dried hydrangeas this year! I love your “mixture” of greenery too and that cute fairy piece!

  14. 2013/12/13 at 11:11 pm

    What a welcoming sight it must be for your guests to arrive at your front door. It truly looks like a winter wonderland…
    Happy Weekend,

  15. 2013/12/14 at 11:56 am

    So nice to have all that fresh greenery. It is very welcoming. Happy Holidays.

  16. 2013/12/15 at 7:13 pm

    Earl Grey will be just fine 🙂
    What a beautiful job you have done!

  17. 2013/12/16 at 4:46 pm

    Your decorations look very pretty with all the natural greenery. We’ve had sub zero weather here, too. I wouldn’t want to be out decorating in it for sure! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Merry Christmas!

  18. 2013/12/16 at 9:47 pm

    It’s absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/12/make-it-pretty-monday-week-80.html Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. 2013/12/16 at 9:48 pm

    Gorgeous decor, brilliant pictures, so festive! Thanks for sharing.

  20. 2013/12/17 at 12:10 am

    Visiting via Make It Pretty Monday. I love Earl Grey and your decor is fabulous. I love your garland and all your beautiful natural touches. Hugs, Beverly

  21. 2013/12/17 at 9:47 am

    I really like your planters- you did a wonderful job with them. I never thought to use my fairies mixed in with my Christmas like you did. That’s a really great idea! I know what you mean about the dirt getting too hard to poke into- I found that out last year. I didn’t even try this year since we’ve been getting snow and freezing temps since November. Your front door looks fabulous! Kudos to your hubby for helping!

  22. 2013/12/17 at 6:33 pm

    Linda this looks so gorgeous – love all the greenery and the pineapples – looks beautiful. I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

  23. 2013/12/19 at 10:33 pm

    It is just beautiful. You are so lucky to have all those wonderful elements of nature around you to make your wonderful creations!

  24. 2013/12/19 at 11:53 pm

    Hi, Linda, Happy Christmas to you… Love your front porch.
    Featured and PINNED!

  1. 2013/12/18 at 6:30 pm

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