A Gardener’s Christmas

 In a Gardening state-of-mind, I’m on the porch enjoying the Season with a few things that make me happy~

A simple Christmas table~ ideal for our casual living at the Lake.

A promise of a flower in an Amaryllis bulb, a few collected watering cans . . .

. . . and a couple of vintage trowels, showing the visible signs of use & hours of happy work~ one red & one green~ the perfect colors for the season :)

Little watering can ornaments (Smith & Hawken from Target) are filled with bits of Cedar & Leyland Cypress and sprinkled at each place setting~

A favorite decorative birdhouse, made with recycled materials~ a vintage glass door knob, old hardware & barn wood~ has a starring role for the Season with its iron finial church steeple &  tin-fashioned cross.

 The birds will enjoy a gift of seed decorated houses.  Purchased from a garden center, these edible bird treats would make a fun (if messy :) project for kids using a cardboard/milk carton house base, coated with peanut butter & decorated with seeds, raisins, cereal (Cheerios, Chex). . .anything that birds can feast on!

My urn, that has hosted tomatoes & pumpkins at the table, is supporting a grapevine wreath with faux berries and a pine cone laden tree.

A found bird’s nest is back at the table this week, filled with blown quail eggs, a feather, and embellished with a bit of lichen~

A few Paperwhite bulbs are waiting to be planted and their fragrance enjoyed~

Wishing you the simple pleasures of

Nesting & Feasting this Holiday Season!

Gardener’s Christmas Table Details:

Chargers & Flatware/ World Market

Napkins & Quilt/ Kohl’s

Bird Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn

Dishes/Oneida Westerly Basket

Goblets/ HomeGoods

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

  Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

 The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

Homespun Christmas Link Party~  Recipes & Tablescapes~

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  58 comments for “A Gardener’s Christmas

  1. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    December 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I love those treats for the birds! Your gardeners table is lovely!

  2. December 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Mary, Love your table. It’s a lovely place to sit with friends and family. The darling bird feeders are so sweet. I can remember making some like that when I was a little girl at my grandmother’s.. thanks for bringing the memories back.. xo marlis

  3. December 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Que o bom DEUS lhe abençoe sempre para que sua arte e criatividade nos sirva de inspiração. Boa semana, amiga

  4. December 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    This is such a fun table! The bird treats are adorable. I love the rustic birdhouse and the arrangement you have created in the planter. The watering cans are such a sweet and whimsical touch on the plate stack. White plates are such fun to accent! I also love the quilt upon which you have built this ‘scape.

  5. December 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Oh I love this! You really created an adorable setting. I love the gardening and bird elements- too cute!

  6. December 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Dear Mary ,
    It has always been a delight visiting you .The wonderful bright colors of your photos have always elevated the mood .Your creativity is endless …
    I wish you a joyous, gentle season !

  7. afoodie
    December 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Yet another beautiful, peaceful visit. The tv can be blaring but my concentration is so great I hear nothing but quiet. Lucky birds, too!

  8. December 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I’d love to join you at this table on the porch with the view of the water. The gardening theme and that red and white quilt are calling to me. ;-)
    I planted my amaryllis bulbs last week.

  9. December 5, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Mary, this table is darling! LOVE the little bird houses. What a clever/refreshing tablesetting. I have so missed all my favorite bloggy buddies the last few weeks. WOW have they been busy! So glad to be back to visit you. Off to view the next post. HUGS!
    Charlene

  10. December 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

    What wonderful gifts for your birds!

  11. December 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Just the sort of Christmas that appeals to me. :)

  12. December 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Hi Mary!

    Just to let you know, there is something wrong with your posts coming to me via email…they are totally blank! Only grey background & no text or photos! Strange, huh?? Wish I knew how to fix it. I wonder if others are having the same issue?

    I had to come see what you had posted though & as always, I’m not disappointed. This rustic table is just lush with texture & contrast & such CUTE little touches…♥ those tiny watering cans! Great job on every inch of it.

    Hugs,
    Rett

  13. December 5, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I love your tablescape. I usually wait a little closer to Christmas, and I fill the house with fresh greenery and flowers. I am not big on Christmas decorations that are not natural.

    I love the little watering cans and bird seed ornaments. What sweet additions to your table!

  14. Marilyn
    December 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

    How wonderful that you can still be outside at this time of year. Here at 4,000 feet in the mountains we are pretty much indoors and in front of the fireplace. What a great Christmas themed table. Love the tall bird house church and the teasing of Spring on it’s way with the bulbs starting to sprout. Just know that the birds in your area are going to love all the seeds.

  15. December 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    HI Mary! I am so glad I didn’t miss this!!! I love your gardeners Christmas table!!! Your merchandising talents SHINE with every single table! Love the little watering cans and the pinecone tree! SO pretty! Love it all!! XO, Pinky

  16. December 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What a delightful experience it is to pay a visit to you! Your gardeners Christmas table is unique as well as gorgeous! I adore the natural look!

  17. December 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    LOVELY ♥ LoVeLy ♥ Lovely!

  18. December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Mary, now this is about eight kinds of wonderful I often put watering cans all over the table but never as pretty as this. You know I must check if I follow you and you are going on my blog roll so I do not miss one table you do! happychristmas♥O

  19. December 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I have been coming to your lovely blog for sometime now from Yvonne’s Monday Linky. I will miss her and her party but I will still come to admire your lovely blog. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.
    Miz Helen

  20. December 6, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Oh I love your gardeners table. Gardening is my first love! Your vintage hand tools are precious. My Amaryllis and paperwhites are just about to bloom. Can;t wait to see the festive red and white. I especially love your urn. I have been wanting to buy a few, darn those babies are pricey. How cute is your stocking shaped bird feeder. Might have to give that one a whirl. So sweet!

  21. December 6, 2011 at 12:56 am

    What a wonderful gardener’s table! I so love our sweet little feathered friends and when I saw your table I melted. Fabulous! For many years now I have loved including the natural look of Christmas and your table is perfect.
    Besides my indoor tree I put up a small “Charlie Brown” type tree outside and put “decorations” the birds can feast on. So you can imagine my love of tis post. Thank you for sharing this wonderful creative table.

  22. December 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Adorable birdhouses and watering cans….beautiful gardener’s table….
    When I lived in SC, we had a couple of pine trees that produced huge pine cones and besides using them for decorations we would dab peanut butter all over them and cover them with seeds and hang with mono filament fishing line from the trees surrounding our terrace….It was fun to host the birds and even some squirrels that dared slide down the fishing line to get to the goodies…

  23. December 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    And once again, I am completed enchanted by what you do. The table is just wonderful, and I love those bird houses all covered with treats. I actually have some extra small bird houses. I wonder if I could do it with them.

  24. December 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Love the lake in the background your porch is beautiful…. visiting from At the picket fence….

  25. December 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Nothing short of dreamy! I was mesmerized with your beautiful setting, porch, and decorations . . .

  26. December 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Mary,
    My name is Justine LoMonaco, and I’m the Social Media Specialist at Lifetime Brands. I just wanted to let you know that we featured this table that you uploaded to TheGreatDinnerParty.com on our Facebook page today. You can see the feature here: http://www.facebook.com/mikasadining

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful table!
    ~Justine

  27. December 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Everything looks beautiful to this gardener! I love those cute little watering pails and the birdseed stocking is adorable.

  28. December 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    You always have something so amazing and so charming and when I look at the detail that you put into every post, I am just blown away. Those are the most charming birdhouses ever! I just adore them and know the birds will too. Your weather looks lovely too. From your little bags to your tools and your pot, everything is as usual, picture perfect!

  29. December 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    And a gorgeous gardener’s Christmas it is, Mary! I love it!

  30. December 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    This is such and earthy, natural table setting…I love it and more importantly our feathered friends will love it too!

  31. December 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Love your blog!

  32. December 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Every post of yours is a delight for me. I could spend an hour thinking through each one. I wish for you often …to tell me what to do with my tables because I need some fresh ideas as mine is overwhelming… Seating 10-12 for Christmas dinner! You should have a show on HGTV. Remember one of the first shows that a lady did tablescaping. Wish I could remember the name of the program. The first shows they had were exceptional. Savior Faire was another one that I can remember the name that I liked.

  33. December 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wonder winter theme with those darling and practical birdseed houses and stocking. Great urn and pine cone tree with berry wreath. LOVE that!

  34. December 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful table and such a great idea! I didn’t get beyond 2 pictures before I started pinning! LOVE.

  35. December 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Your table is beautiful. I really like the Pine Cone tree. We used to have pine trees in our yard with an abundance of pine cones and I never thought to decorate with them. But now that we don’t have a single pine tree near by, that is all I want to use to decorate with…go figure! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table.

  36. December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    A bulb at Christmas is always so beautiful…new life. andrea@townandprairie

  37. December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Mary, I know I sit and smile the whole time I read your posts!! Beautiful! Love your urn with the pinecone tree and wreath. I hope my amaryllis is soon looking like yours, with tips of new life poking up!!

  38. December 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You are living the dream. Great table with old hardware & barn wood in a starring role. Thanks for posting. ~CJ

  39. December 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    The birds are going to love their tasty treats. You know, Mary, I have quilts, birdhouses, little sprinkler cans, all kinds of things. Would you like to come for a visit and play with my tables? Hands down, your posts must be the favorite of a lot of lookers.

  40. December 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Mary this is all just absolutely gorgeous! I felt like I was flipping through the pages of a magazine and you have given me so much inspiration. :-) I will be featuring this at our Blogger Block Party recap on Sat. so be sure to come by and thank you so much for linking it up to the Doors and Porches Party!
    Vanessa

  41. c
    December 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Beautiful table as usual and so creative. As lovely as a magazine and just as inviting.
    Cindy

  42. December 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

    This is absolutely my favorite kind of tablesetting. Using natural things with a garden and nature theme. It’s just wonderful. Love those little bird seed houses!! thanks so much for linking up to the party, xo

  43. Pondside
    December 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    It`s such a lovely table, made even more beautiful by the sharing with the birds afterwards!

  44. December 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    How absolutely beautiful! I love your nature theme. The urn and the red berries wreath and pine cone tree, well I’m going to be a copycat! Sure hope you don’t mind but this post is so inspirational. GORGEOUS!
    Enjoy your evening.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  45. December 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Amazing! I love every single thing! I am your newest follower :-)

  46. December 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    What a lovely table…you are a birds best friend! I love your pine cone tree, it is gorgeous.

  47. December 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Perfection, as usual, in your tablescape!! I love all the natural elements, with a gardeners touch. The birdhouses are so adorable. You are absolutely so creative with all your special flair.

  48. December 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

    The setting and tablescape are lovely! Love the way you pulled in the natural elements…the pinecones, birdseed, greenery and bulbs. Especially the bulbs. The natural lighting is perfect for the theme, casting wonderful shadows in all the right places.

    Happy Holidays!

  49. December 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

    LOVE this post. I love the *natural* look at Christmas.

  50. December 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    That is a beautiful tablescape. Love the garden theme.Visiting from Seasonal Sunday

  51. December 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    A very pretty and clever table. Love those seeded birdhouses!

  52. December 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    What a unique and beautiful theme!!!!!!! I’m going to direct my Mom’s attention to this post. She is a (amateur) bird watcher and does all kinds of things to attract them to her sight line. This would be a neat way to decorated a tree in her yard and get all the birds she can handle!!!! The table is gorgeous, and I really like the centerpiece!!! Beautiful!!!

  53. December 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    This is great. It’s so unique. I’m so glad that you brought this to Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  54. December 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    how delightful is this…i adore the bird seed party, so many pretty pieces. and the bulbs, they will be fabulous, mine are exploding at the beach right now… pretty pretty pretty, just home to system restore and back to the beach, but relishing my time catching up with your prettiness~

  55. July 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I’m trying again to comment…the last one wouldn’t take for some reason…both of your posts are absolutely beautiful. Every image just perfect. You are very talented. Mona

  56. glendachilders
    July 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Christmas, your beautiful table and a lake … sounds perfect. Especially on this hot day.

    Hopping over from the Christmas in July blog hop – #57.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

  57. December 12, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Very unique and beautiful idea. I love it!

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