Potting Shed: Sprucing Up the Window Boxes for Christmas

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Happy Friday!

I’m puttering around and gathering greenery to deck the halls this week.

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 We had some much-needed rain last weekend, so I’m a little further behind than I’d like to be, but I was glad to see the rain!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Potting Shed. I spent some time this week sprucing up the window boxes.

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I cut back the spent annuals and gave the dirt in the boxes a thorough soaking. I added the greenery using the soil to anchor the stems to hold them in place and keep them fresh longer.

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I did the same with a pair of pots to flank the bench.

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 Cedar, cypress, pine and magnolia fill the window boxes along with some giant pine cones I found at Hobby Lobby.

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And I added some rusty bell garland to spill over and jingle its way through the greenery next to some tartan ribbon.

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An embroidered pillow from Pottery Barn several years ago came out to roost on my bench. . .

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My Frog Footman is serving up shatterproof red ornaments and pine cones, instead of tarts or birdseed. . .

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And dressed in a tartan bow for Christmas.

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I found miniature trees in the outdoor garden area at Walmart for $9. They have a little silver glitter for some holiday sparkle for the holiday season.

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I removed them from the outer pots they came in and placed them in some long tom terra cotta pots.

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Wellies are decorated with greenery, privet berries and a bird’s nest. . .

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And the temperature is plunging this weekend, I need to fill up the bird feeders!

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Hope you’ll be warm and cozy in your nest this weekend!

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Are you still decking the halls or have you finished your Christmas decorating?

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  46 comments for “Potting Shed: Sprucing Up the Window Boxes for Christmas

  1. Michelle
    December 9, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Pretty window box arrangements! Love the bird pillows too! You are gifted! Have a great weekend 🎄😎🌴

  2. angela carrera
    December 9, 2016 at 6:50 am

    love!!! especially when it involves your shed. you gave me some inspiration to spruce up our shed. but your’s is lovely, as usual. Happy Holidays!!!! and thanks for sharing

  3. Sue
    December 9, 2016 at 6:59 am

    The potting shed looks gorgeous!! Stay warm and toasty this weekend.xoxo

  4. cozinest
    December 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I love all the red! And your frog prince is adorable! Prettiest potting shed ever.

  5. emily
    December 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

    As always, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for all your time and hard work to share your incredible talents and ideas with us!

  6. logan wilhelm
    December 9, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Love the outdoors and so glad to see the prettiness you have created around your garden shed!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Granny Gay:)
    December 9, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Another elegant post today, Mary. Each one you create seems to be my “very favorite”….stay warm..we are chilly in the deep south today, too…

  8. Ellen Stillabower
    December 9, 2016 at 7:32 am

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. Linda L
    December 9, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Oh my those window boxes are beyond stunning. Perfect in every way! Glad to hear about your well deserved rain. We had rain here in Florida for the first time in six weeks. Welcomed but my outdoor Christmas lights shorted out for awhile. Happy weekend decorating.🌲🌲🌲🌲

  10. Kathi Layfield
    December 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. This definitely puts me in the Spirit of the Season. You never fail to amaze us with your talent! Happy Holidays!

  11. December 9, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Lovely decorations, Mary!! I must make a note to go get at least one of those little trees. It would look darling peeking out of a fabric bag I recently made.
    You were smart to BUY the big pinecones…I almost asphixiated myself, baking some in a low temp oven to get them to open up (&kill bugs). The smell of turpentine was overwhelming!!!
    The Frog Prince looks adorable with his plaid bow…love ALL your plaids!

  12. December 9, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I just love this. If we had more moderate climate, I’d definitely be decking my outdoors more (maybe it’s a good thing we don’t – less pressure). I do love magnolia in any arrangement and those boxes look great, especially with the plaid ribbon.Last year I made a market basket arrangement for indoors, but it really needed to be in the sunroom or outside. I still haven’t tackled it, but you inspire me. There’s still time! Happy weekend, Mary.

  13. December 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Wonderful display of greenery decked out for Christmas!

  14. December 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Your greenery boxes are lovely, so very festive for the holiday season.

  15. Belle Bleu Interiors
    December 9, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Mary, I love, love, love the window boxes. They are beautiful, and look perfect for the holiday season! I love birds, and I am swooning over that pretty little bird pillow!!! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!

  16. December 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Mary, the frog prince holding his bowl of ornaments cracks me up! So froggin’ cute!! Love the rusty bells, magnolia leaves and plaid ribbon winding through the boxes and the so so pretty bird pillow on your little red bench! It looks like a Christmas card!
    Jenna

  17. December 9, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Your window boxes look so perfectly decked out in Chrismas finery, Mary, and even your frog footman is ready to greet Christmas guests. I wish I had your green thumb touch! Happy weekend to you!

  18. Vanessa
    December 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Mary – Greetings from Fort Mill, SC – Love the window boxes!!! You have inspired me with your beautiful plaid décor and this year that is my theme. Like you, because of the weather, I too am a bit behind, but I have a very ambitious weekend planned.

    Blessings and stay warm and toasty!

  19. Suzyquetn
    December 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Where did you find those rusty jingle bells?

  20. Darlene Gardner
    December 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Love all your gardening shed decorations – so appropriate. One question – do you leave that beautiful bird pillow out when it rains? It is so very pretty – wondered if it stayed out all the time/

  21. December 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Those window boxes are decorated so beautiful!! I love everything you decorate at The Potting Shed! Prince Frog is adorable. My window boxes are decorated at My Potting Shed but don’t look as pretty as yours. I used snowmen, snowflakes, and snowballs in mine. Stay warm, we are suppose to be 24degrees tonight.

  22. Nancy Edwards
    December 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Incredibly beautiful, as always!

  23. Laurie
    December 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    You’ve inspired me to get decorating on the exterior! Just beautiful, thanks☃

  24. Carol
    December 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I am always so inspired by your posts. A potting shed for gardening and decorating is one of my dreams. I’m right down the road in Charlotte, and love the connection. Wish I had a good source for cypress and cedar….is yours from your yard, the nearby fields and woods?

    • December 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Carol! Yes I’m fortunate and have access to lots of greenery in our yard and the field next to my Potting Shed :)

  25. December 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    It is all wonderful. I wish I could do more outside but our weather is not cooperating. It is FREEZING cold here, very windy too. Thank goodness, I have finished decorating. I am on the house tour again this year so am trying to make it all pretty! Have a beautiful weekend, Mary!

  26. December 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Beautiful!!

  27. Debra
    December 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    The birds were just waiting for their yearly Christmas decorations to appear! They are so lucky! Thank you for the inspiration.

  28. December 9, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Festive and merry! Love the bird pillow.

  29. Marion
    December 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    You have such a knack for doing your settings so wonderful. i love the bird pillow.
    Marion

  30. Joan
    December 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Thank You for sharing your window boxes. They look very good.
    Joan

  31. Marilyn
    December 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Your window boxes look all ready for the holidays. A wonderful job.
    Marilyn

  32. December 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I must say your little frog looks rather smug in his holiday bow:@) Have a great weekend Mary-enjoy!

  33. Paula
    December 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    ~Mary~
    I am so “green” over your window boxes, and potting shed which are looking so very pretty and ready for the holidays !!
    As always I am so far behind on decorating :(
    Have a super weekend Mary !!
    Paula
    IN.

  34. December 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Nice, Mary! I love the sleigh bells in your window boxes, and Mr. Froggy is the cutest!

  35. December 10, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Mary, the window boxes are so lovely and Christmasy. Love the frog.
    I think She Sheds should place ads on your blog because all of us have ‘shed’ envy.
    Does it ever rain in shed land ? We would be so disappointed if it wasn’t perfect as usual. Great photos.

  36. Gail Bell
    December 10, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Still decorating outside as the smoke from fires (I live in western NC) and then the much needed rain kept me inside.

    I always love your window boxes, but the addition of tartan ribbon and rusty bells make this year’s my favorite. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Diane
    December 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Your winter garden of fresh greens is just beautiful! Can you share where you found the bell garland?

    • December 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Diane, At a local store called Seasons at the Lake :)

  38. December 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I love your festive whimsy! a reminder that festive vignettes are possible in non-traditional spaces. Merry Christmas.

  39. Cyndi Raines
    December 10, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Oh, so pretty! Love it all, especially the rusty bells and the tartan ribbon weaving through the greenery. I’m way behind due to my husband’s hospital stay, but hopefully tomorrow, the Thanksgiving items will be put away and out comes Christmas and winter! I’m settling in for a “long winter’s nap” – the forecast is calling for 6 -8 maybe 10″ of snow tonight! Hello Winter!

  40. December 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

    We have the snow dump forecast also—–we did do a few lights outside a week ago—but this year, it is reeled back for sure. Hoping to have the porch ready after it’s shoveled. Your shed is gorgeous…and the greens are so varied and well, green. Beautiful! Merry Christmas! Sandi

  41. Suzanne R Davis
    December 11, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Your window boxes are spectacular! Merry Christmas!

  42. December 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Always beautiful, Mary. I love how you’ve wound the plaid ribbon and bells throughout the greenery, oh and that bird pillow… Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas Season. If you have time, please come by tomorrow and link up to our Blogger’s Link Party celebrating all things Christmas!

  43. December 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Your outdoor Christmas decorating is just lovely. I love the garden bench. How beautiful it all is.

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