Winter Window Dressing


I’m biding my time until Spring

when I can enjoy some blooms

and fill pots with flowers~


My Potting Shed front porch looked cold

and my window box looked empty, stripped

of its magnolia, pine & gazing ball for Christmas. . .

Potting Shed Christmas_2

So I tucked in some cozy layers of landscaping burlap

around pots of Juniper and Leyland Cypress~


Along with some pine cones

and a bird’s nest~


My landscaping burlap came from Lowe’s

in a 3 x 24 foot roll for $10~


 Readily available & affordable for lots

of projects including draping windows~


The pots of evergreens can be planted

when Spring arrives and

replaced with colorful annuals~




Meanwhile, I’m wrapping myself

in layers too, it’s cold outside!


And enjoying the sunshine

when it makes an appearance!



Hope you’re staying cozy & warm

 this winter and enjoying some sunshine!


If you’d like to revisit my seasonal changes for my window box,

 you can find them at the Potting Shed tab at the top of the page.

Potting Shed Window Box

Thank you for your visit!

  48 comments for “Winter Window Dressing

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    January 26, 2013 at 6:12 am

    The window box looks very cozy and welcoming Mary! We had a little snow yesterday, nothing major, just enough to make things pretty and white. Happy Weekend:@)

  2. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    January 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Your window box looks nice and warm! And I enjoy your early morning posts while sipping my coffee :-) Have a great weekend!

  3. January 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

    What a great idea to use the burlap in the window box! You’ve just given me some ideas for filling two of my window boxes. The recent cold has killed the things that were growing in them, and I have two little cedar trees left over from Christmas decorating that I could plant in them!

  4. January 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

    You have done a beautiful job! I have that exact same window box, two of them in fact, and they always look hideous in winter. Thanks for the great decorating ideas.

  5. January 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

    What a great idea. Love the use of burlap and I love the hanging leaded glass window on your porch- xo Diana

  6. January 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Your potting shed is a little gem and I never noticed before that there’s a beautiful view through the stained glass to the water beyond. Lovely photos.

  7. January 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Your window box is so charming, Mary. I love the mixture of juniper and leyland cypress. The little nest is too cute! I hope you’re cozy this morning. I’m off to make some hot tea and relax! Then I need to start decorating for Valentine’s Day.

  8. Cindy
    January 26, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Beautifully natural! Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  9. Cindy
    January 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I love to catch up with you first thing every morning! Your ideas are very cleaver and I love them!
    Where is your lake home? Just curious…we have a summer lake cottage and will definitely use many of your great ideas! Thank you..Cindy

    • January 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Thank you! We’re on Lake Norman in NC :)

  10. January 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Mary, it’s such a treat to wake up to reading about your lakeside living. The potting shed window box and front porch look cozy. Year round treats from the Potting Shed! ~Sarah
    PS I buy those rolls of garden burlap and use them on my table. The burlap is so soft that it drapes beautifully. ‘-)

  11. Joe Postles
    January 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Always enjoy your posts. You sound like a lady who is confident in the knowledge that every sunrise is a new shot at life. I envy your lifestyle and have always wanted to take to the road in an RV now that wife and I are on soc sec. Have to be content with day trips. Diabetes and Kidney/Liver ailments limit out ability to travel long distances. We have a little office at home with 2 computers and spend our days together. Fortunately we are best friends as well as spouses for 45 yrs. We especially like your pictures of the dogs. I believe you have 2, right ? Cuddle them for us and tell them they have friends they don’t even know about in Delaware.
    Joe Postles

  12. January 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love waking up to your posts!!!! This is a wonderful idea. Did the little evergreens come from Lowes too? I didn’t rwalize the burlap was so inexpensive, gotta go get some! Have a great weekend, Mary. I am off to a baby shower today, thank goodness not too far away. It is still bitterly cold here and today is WINDY:(. XO, Pinky

    • January 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Hi Pinky- Yes the evergreens came from Lowe’s too. The cypress I got before Christmas and the juniper last week. The were around $5 a pot. It’s cold & icy here this morning!

  13. Pondside
    January 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Another post to save for The Great Dane – do you think he’s about to get the hints?!

  14. Lulu
    January 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I’m thinking I need to get some of the burlap for the table. There are all kinds of possibilities for it there! Would you believe daffodils are blooming in Tennessee? I was shocked when I saw them yesterday.

  15. January 26, 2013 at 10:43 am


    I did not realize the potting shed was that close to the water! Double nice!

  16. lisab
    January 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Mary, I have been following your blog for a few months now, and it is always an inspiration. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into it. I love the potting shed and its transformation with each season and I am wondering if you would share where you found your window box. TIA!

  17. January 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

    This is just wonderful, Mary…the greenery and burlap really livens up your window box while we patiently (!) await spring! I love the leaded glass window and your pretty view of the lake. Very, very nice! :)


  18. Pat In Iowa
    January 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I love your window box ideas, and this one just warms you up on these frigid days…May I ask where you found your window box? I love It!

  19. January 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Hi Mary,

    Your window box is amazing; I’ve never seen one made of wrought iron like that. Did you and your husband make it yourselves? Your new arrangement is perfect for this time of the year; the burlap is a great touch. I so love all the wonderful fabrics available at the moment, particularly burlaps, plaids, and toiles. I like the fact that the evergreens are in pots and can be planted in the spring when the ground warms up again.

    Thanks for sharing with us another creative idea. My very favorite picture in this post is the last big photo of the lake viewed through your hanging window. Gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm. It was FREEZING at our house last night, how about yours?


  20. January 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Beautiful as always!!

  21. January 26, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This is simply lovely! I adore burlap and love seeing it here! My hubby loves the smell of it! Reminds him of his childhood! Have a blessed day and wonderful weekend!

  22. January 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Love it..the greenery is so beautiful and love the touch of burlap. Well done!!

  23. January 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    love watching you play, the different angles are wonderful, my fav is the straight down shot to the h20 cans, fabulous… and the 3rd up shot, so pristine, i adore perfection :-) i can’t get over how your shed is so close to the water too, i would be sleeping there…

    just finished a book you might like, keeping in mind your icy weather, the lake of dead languages. read it on a snowy winter night~

  24. January 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful! I love the window box, the window it’s under and the window hanging at the end of the porch. They are gorgeous! It’s been bitterly cold here all week but a warming trend is coming in a couple of days. Which, of course, means snow. Blessings, Pamela

  25. January 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the burlap from Lowe’s. That will come in handy. I love your Winter window boxes! Beautiful.

  26. January 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Mary, this is a wonderful idea, as well as beautiful!

  27. January 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Such a beautiful seasonal display… it makes me nostalgic for the cooler temperatures of my childhood winters! I’m in Florida, and I just planted a coule of rose bushes and some geraniums today… here we’re in full gear for spring! I would love a few days in your more wintry world :-)

  28. January 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    That looks so perfect for January, the burlap looks like it’s keeping everything cozy and happy. I loose all interest in gardening this time of year and just let everything go and look awful! Tomorrow I will have to try to spruce things up a bit, thanks for the encouragement. I love your row of vintage watering cans!

  29. January 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, that landscape burlap would be great for all kinds of projects! Your winter window box looks beautiful all snuggled up in burlap :) Me, I’m snuggled up indoors.

  30. January 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Love the look of your window box and you’ve given me inspiration to do something with mine on my shed. I have two hay rack style “boxes” which have been empty all winter, and the coco liners are long gone. The burlap is a great idea and loos so good. Thanks for the great ideas. Love the little evergreens.

  31. kim
    January 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    That looks perfect.

  32. January 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Love the window box!

    – The Tablescaper

  33. January 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

    This is so beautiful.What a great way to give some oomph to the windows, both the planter boxes full of pretty evergreens and pinecones as well as that pretty stained glass. Stay warm!

  34. January 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

    So pretty! I love your winter widow box and your stained glass windows are so pretty.
    Visiting from Met Monday.

  35. January 29, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I love this. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  36. January 31, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Visiting from stone the lined burlap. I have window boxes on the deck and this would be a lovely addition. Thanks for sharing.

  37. January 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    always beautiful, Mary. Adding the bird’s nest is such a wonderful way to anticipate Spring! thanks for always coming by to link up to BE Inspired!!

  38. January 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Beautiful window box, inside and out! Love the little nest and the use of stained glass outside…just beautiful!!
    ~ Pendra

  39. January 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    That is a gorgeous planter, Mary! Love the greenery you have it in for the Winter months. I think it looks so much better than sitting empty waiting for Spring. I had some faux greenery in our urn by the front door and stopped myself from putting it away after Christmas. It’s actually nicer to have left it {since it is just greenery} than to look at an empty urn.

  40. February 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Love this gorgeus window box!

  41. Paula
    February 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    OOh that looks lovely ! I tired to keep my evergreen wreath on my door but it seen its Christmas past!! Love your window, where did you find that??!!!

  42. February 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I love those evergreens and loved how you used the landscape burlap vs. the regular “fabric store” burlap. The birds nest is the perfect detail…you always come up with the most gorgeous displays!…

  43. Robyn
    January 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Searched and found your Jan post for your potting shed!!!! Heading to Lowes today… I have work to do!!!!!

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