"I'm not really a career person.I'm a gardener,basically.".....George Harrison

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It’s beginning to look….

….a lot like Christmas,here at TheGreatWall


This year,I decided to go with a more simple approach.There was a time when if the spot was empty it got something red,candy cane-ish, or twinkly.But with all the pool reconstruction going on,and the mess it has brought to the back gardens,I just didn’t feel like it.So,it just seemed easier to let the plants say Merry Christmas.I still have garland by the front entry with white twinkly lights,but,this year no red bows intertwined.And I,actually,prefer the look.

The wreaths on the double front doors are meant to reflect the Florida garden…


The majority of my efforts have gone into the front garden.

The back garden is still in a state of mess flux.

As all of my attention has been directed to the back gardens,this front garden has much neglected the past few months.

It desperately needed a thorough cleaning weeding,new mulch,etc.


red poinsettia,red and white petunias,vinca vine,variegated liriope,lysmachia…yep-I still have to have poinsettias….


You think it would be easier to simplify,but it really isn’t.


Whoever said simple was easy,anyways?…


I still have to throw a Santa


or snowman

he’s filled with twinkly lights! 

ok….had to have a few twinkly lights somewhere.Can’t give them all up cold-turkey.


wire vine,paper whites,variegated liriope,white penta,red and white petunias,red geranium in a large,old rusty bucket -flea market find for $.50  that I spray painted lime green)

into the mix.

A white miniature rose and a ceramic bird,not to forget the pelican…who,this year,is without his wreath…gotta fix that… seem to fit right into the Christmas scheme…


This Christmas Cactus had been left after last Christmas.Forgotten,under TheOak.I found it after they were finished removing the tree.I was sure it was a goner,so I kind of forgot about it.I put in the back of the garden.

…The place,we all have,where underperformers go…

Much to my surprise,it hung in there.

And presented me with this…


It’s not pretty,but ya gotta like it’s hanging in there.It’s a keeper,that’s for sure.


I’m thinking I like this simple approach to the Christmas garden.

…It sure is cheaper.


Even the flamingo seems to like it….


I lost his hat,since last year,but I think he likes going hatless…


Have a great gardening week!


Gayle said...

Green, green everywhere you look and you still manage to turn it into Christmas.

NanaK said...

You have the most interesting containers. Love the rusty, now spray painted bucket and I see a seashell covered one that is really different. Your poinsettia combos are quite artfully arranged. Enjoy the season!


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