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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Cottage Garden

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea.  The recent rains and cold weather really helped our gardens in Southern California and Christmas flowers are now in full bloom.  Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, in the garden to show you some of the plants and flowers we are growing and ideas for simple and inexpensive Christmas gifts for our garden friends as well as fun ways to add pops of color to your winter garden.

The white Campanula's make wonderful little gifts for a teacher or neighbor and bloom for a month or so in a pot - add a cute gift tag and red bow for an instant little gift from the garden.

The living Christmas tree made it through our drought and is ready to be taken inside for a few weeks.

I love to use ladders in the garden for display and to add height .

The little snowmen paintings are a fun way to add a touch of Christmas whimsy to the garden and also made fun little gifts.  There are lots of instructions on how to paint them under Art 101 that can be found on my blog header.

Bulbs planted in cute containers make great gifts and the containers can be reused.  The Asparagus Ferns are so pretty and fluffy and look so festive with a cute pick, Christmas tag or red bow tied around the pot - they are one of my favorite gifts to give and I grow lots of them this time of year. Primroses are starting to bloom and they are fun little gifts to tuck in a basket of goodies.

Vintage boxes are great to use as containers to hold potted gifts.

Containers of herbs also make great gifts.

A cute tea pot with a missing lid makes an adorable container for a small ivy plant - this one is for a teacher friend.

I bring out the red and white check indoor/outdoor cushions for Christmas.  The reindeer cushions are new and I purchased them at a discount store.
The wooden sleigh purchased from a discount store  with several pots makes an adorable gift for a garden friend

A burlap bag makes a fun container for Christmas greens - wrap greens with damp paper towel and put in a plastic baggie to keep them fresh.

Another ladder adds interest and height to a corner in the garden.  The old funnel makes a fun planter for a pot of winter Primroses.


I found the vintage bird house welcome sign at a flea market for $5.00.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails, comments and those following my blog.

Have a lovely week.  Holiday Blessings,  Erin

                              "Let your good spirit lead me on a level path."  Psalm  143:10


Deb said...

So much fun to come here. Your photos are wonderful. Deb

Happy@Home said...

Now that is a happy and cheerful Christmas garden. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Mary said...

Gosh Erin, this all looks so fabulous around the garden - I bet Bentley helped too, he looks so proud of himself!

Your efforts make me realize that I need to get a move on around here and start hauling the boxes out of the attic! Luckily the sun is back today - after that fab weekend at the coast it's rained here much of the week - so I feel a little more inspired!

Enjoy the weekend - Mary x

Susan said...

What an enchanting garden space you have created. Love everything! Susan

Sue Kosec said...

One word: FESTIVE.

Who wouldn't want to sip on some hot chocolate, exchange gifts and enjoy your company!?! I know I'd love it.

Merry Christmas, Erin!

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Good Morning
what a gorgeous Christmas Garden. Love it all. Its too cold here to have any plants outside but what fun to see yours. Love your new pillows *

Junkchiccottage said...

Just beautiful Erin. You and Bentley did a wonderful job.

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Erin,

It is such a pretty post about Christmas time. I like your potting table very much, so festive with the winter plants.
It is always a pleasure to read your posts. Your garden is amazing and very inspiring.

Rhondi said...

Hi Erin. Your home looks cheerful and festive, as always.

Donna said...

Erin, Such wonderful ideas and inspiration. Love the reindeer pillows. Well, I love EVERYTHING!

Donna said...

Erin, Such wonderful ideas and inspiration. I love EVERYTHING!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Utterly charming, Erin. I love your garden! xo ~ Nancy