Christmas Around the Potting Shed

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #garden #greenery

Happy Tuesday!

Are you like me and having a hard time believing we’re halfway through December?

There are still so many things on my “to do” list!

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery

I spent the better part of a week gathering and foraging for greenery

and planting some vintage charm around

the Potting Shed this past week.

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery

I ran out of time last year to deck her halls and had forgotten

how much greenery, time and energy it takes!

It’s a labor of love I enjoy, with the key word ‘labor’. :)

Birdhouse in window box with greenery for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery

The window box on the porch was ‘spruced up’ with pine,

 juniper, cedar, magnolia and a swag of tartan ribbon.

Potting Shed with birdhouse in window box with greenery for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery

And a bird house sits among the evergreens in the

window box for some Merry December nesting.

Birdhouse in window box with greenery for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery

A vintage Fair-Acre Feed chicken feeder is filled

with greenery, pine cones and Nandina berries. . .

Vintage Fair-Acre Feed chicken feeder filled with greenery, pine cones and Nandina berries | © #shed #christmas #greenery

With the graphics adding some seasonal Christmas red and green.

Plaid wellies with vintage garden tools, greenery and berries | © #shed #christmas #greenery

A pair of vintage garden tools add more red and green, tucked into a pair of plaid wellies,

filled with greenery and Nandina berries.

Christmas wreath with bird plate and tartan ribbon | © #shed #christmas #wreath

 I refreshed a wreath I picked up at Lowe’s a couple of weeks ago,

adding some additional greenery,

along with some tartan ribbon and bow.

Christmas wreath with bird plate and tartan ribbon | © #shed #christmas #wreath

It’s framing a Lenox Winter Song plate. . .

Christmas wreath with bird plate | © #shed #christmas #wreath

Here is the wreath before adding the plate. . .

Christmas wreath  on Potting Shed door "Before" | © #shed #christmas #wreath

To hang the plate in the center of the wreath, I used

 a woven placemat with a handle, plate hanger

and a drapery pin. . .

The handle of the placemat hangs on the wreath hanger and the pin is pushed

through the woven mat and provides a hook for the plate hanger.

How to hang a plate on a wreath | © #shed #christmas #wreath

Evergreen wreath with bird plate and tartan ribbon on Potting Shed door for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #wreath

And provides a hook for the plate hanger on the plate.

Evergreen wreath with bird plate and tartan ribbon on Potting Shed door for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #wreath

Pine, cedar and berries fill a red ‘Seed Company’ pot. Although hard to see,

there’s a small bird nest I tucked in that I found doing some garden clean up.

Red seed company pot with greenery for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #garden

“Fresh is the Best” is my motto when you can forage for greenery,


Gardener's Potting Shed sign | © #shed #christmas #garden

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

Feed and Seed Quality Plants, Bulbs, Seeds & Tools sign in wheelbarrow with garden tools and ornaments for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

A ‘Feed and Seed Quality Plants, Bulbs, Seeds & Tools’ sign adds a garden note

with a nod to the season with traditional Christmas colors.

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

It’s planted in my father’s old workhorse of a wheelbarrow

which has a lot of hours and miles on it!

Feed and Seed Quality Plants, Bulbs, Seeds & Tools sign in wheelbarrow with garden tools and ornaments for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

It’s hauling greenery, discarded and broken garden tools and

shatterproof ornaments for a merry and bright pop of red.

Wheelbarrow Christmas ornament | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

A scrub pine cut from the field provides a “Charlie Brown-esque” tree,

planted in a galvanized tub.

Wheelbarrow the old garden tools, greenery and ornaments for Christmas the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

It’s decorated with mix of garden theme ornaments. . .

galvanized wheelbarrows and watering cans. . .

Birdhouse Christmas ornament | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

A birdhouse . . .

Jingle bell Christmas ornament | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

Rusty jingle bells. . .

Beaded star Christmas ornament | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

Red beaded stars. . .

Bird with bells Christmas ornament | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

And bird ornaments.

The ornaments are sparsely and carefully placed so the slender pine branches

won’t collapse under their weight like Charlie Brown’s tree. :)

Scrub pine tree with garden ornaments | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

There’s freezing rain and ice in the forecast tomorrow,so I plan on removing the ornaments

and will rehang them so branches don’t snap.

Birdhouse in window box with greenery for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery

Mrs. Powers Tuteur with tartan ribbon and greenery for Christmas around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery

Mrs. Powers got a little tartan ribbon and is planted in some fresh cut greenery. . .

Mrs. Powers Tuteur with tartan ribbon and greenery for Christmas around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery

Her cast-iron tendrils look like they’re begging for a few ornaments or

jingle bells which may come later, time and energy permitting!

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

Vintage Fair-Acre Feed chicken feeder filled with greenery, pine cones and Nandina berries for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery

Have you finished decking the halls?

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery #garden

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Birdhouse in window box with greenery for Christmas | © #shed #christmas #greenery

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  52 comments for “Christmas Around the Potting Shed

  1. Debbie
    December 15, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I wish I could tell you how much JOY your potting shed brings me! I love looking at all the wonderful things you use to decorate it.

  2. Rita C.
    December 15, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Wow, I can imagine the time spent on making each and every one of those arrangements so lush, Mary! I love them all – the window box, the wheelbarrow and the door being my favorites. I wondered how you hung that plate snugly, thanks for explaining. Your Charlie Brown tree (your words, but not how I would describe it!) has so many neat garden themed ornaments. ♥ We’ll see what Mother Nature delivers tomorrow, we’re also under that same watch.

  3. Jackie
    December 15, 2020 at 8:13 am

    You inspire me, snd I always look forward to your posts!!! Happy holidays, Mary! 😘

  4. Deb Girotti
    December 15, 2020 at 8:14 am

    I ALWAYS love your posts but seldom comment…unless there’s a giveaway. Smile. Everything is always so exquisitely decorated…such a joy to visit here. I’ve passed by Lake Norman many times headed to SC. In fact, one of the neighbors in our subdivision moved there a few years ago, and I’ve always passed by feeling a kinship with the area. Love your watering cans too. I collect them down my front steps filled with flowers…but never followed thru using winter greenery! I will have to do that!

  5. December 15, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Good morning Mary, Wow, I can’t even imagine the hours it must have taken you to decorate your shed! It is gorgeous!! It is all so beautiful…I have an old wheelbarrow and wish I had thought of the greens…how pretty that would have been. How did you secure them in there? That would have been an issue, esp3cially with our NW winter winds😊 And the ornaments on your tree are just perfect for your tree..Everything is amazing. Thank you for sharing your “unbelievably” beautiful shed!

    Happy Holidays!

  6. Karen
    December 15, 2020 at 8:30 am

    First, and most important, THANK YOU for putting this together for all of us to enjoy. When I was younger, I didn’t appreciate all the time and energy it took when I visited someone’s beautifully decorated home. Now that it’s my turn, not only do I appreciate all your hard work but understand the diligence and patience you must put in an area to make is so beautiful. Your arrangements are always lovely and welcoming and we, your viewers, thank you!

  7. Patti
    December 15, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Thank you for this post. Your potting shed always inspires me. The pics help me to keep my Christmas spirit and to motivate me. I love fresh greenery and the almost woodsy feel. I hope 2021 brings you and your family continued good health. Merry Christmas!

    • Cyndi Raines
      December 15, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      Isn’t she LOVELY! What a great job Mary, the shed is so festive with all the greenery and those wonderful red Nandina berries, what a holiday show! Your plaid boots are awesome. I know you put a lot of work into gathering all that greenery. I just filled 2 medium size window boxes and my 2 urns and it took a lot of holly branches, white pine and evergreen with pinecones to fill in, but it was worth the effort and I know you feel the same. Your wreath with the Lenox bird plate in the center is extra special. My shed just has a nice big wreath, I didn’t get out the vintage sled, but now wish I had ( hmmmm, maybe tomorrow…hehe). I love your wheel barrow with all the trimmings, it warmed my heart to read that it was your Dad’s. ♥️♥️ I have my Dad’s also and it is HEAVY and green, but I won’t give it up, I use it all the time. Actually, we have home movies with me around 4 years old, sitting in it amongst pumpkins and my dad carting me around the yard. Maybe that’s where my love for pumpkins started! Yes, Mary I think I will get my vintage sled out tomorrow to dress up the porch and thank you for giving me that extra little push, so no, I guess I’m not done afterall, haha! 😉🌲🌲🌲🌲

  8. Clara
    December 15, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Mary, Your potting shed is so festive and colorful. The window box with the birdhouse in the center is gorgeous! Love the wellies and the various vessels filled with greenery. The little Christmas tree is so cute! The ornaments are perfect! Your wheelbarrow and wreath are so pretty. Great job as usual! God gave you such a wonderful talent! Happy Tuesday! Clara ❤️

  9. Kelly
    December 15, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Just wonderful! Love!

  10. Debbie Holman
    December 15, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I get so many wonderful ideas from your posts! not only do my neighbors marvel at the outside but also the inside and my ideas come from you! Not to exclude the many wonderful recipes I have used!!! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  11. Cindi
    December 15, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I so love all of your pictures and settings but the pottery shed pictures really touch my heart. I have a small collection of old watering cans and love love love your hanging of them on the edge of the shed. I don’t have a shed but will look for someplace to hang some ( several are on the top of my kitchen cabinets and they will stay there but the others..)once the world opens up again I can’t wait to go browsing to find more. Thanks for all your loveliness! Merry Christmas!

  12. Ann Woleben
    December 15, 2020 at 8:59 am

    This was a tremendous amount of work, but the result of that labor is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. I want to try making a similar wreath, adding a plate in the center ~ love it!

  13. Sandi Allen
    December 15, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Beautiful as always! Love it all! Especially the Welles with greens & garden tools & that wreath with the plate that is so creative. Thank you for sharing your beautiful potting shed with us!

  14. December 15, 2020 at 9:36 am

    My favorite potting shed looks so festive, Mary! You’ve decked her out beautifully in Christmas splendor 🎄❤️🎄.
    The wheelbarrow and the Charlie Brown tree were so sweet!

  15. Patti Sirmans
    December 15, 2020 at 9:36 am

    As usual, it’s all beautiful; especially the galvanized metal ornaments and fresh greenery! Wishing you a sweet Christmastime! ♥️🧑🏻‍🎄🎅🏼🎄

  16. Julie L Johnson
    December 15, 2020 at 9:48 am

    What a wonderful way to start my day. Just looking at your darling shed brought the biggest smile to my face. Thank you!

  17. Melody Reed
    December 15, 2020 at 9:48 am

    The plaid garden boots are a hoot! So many fun ideas!

  18. Mary Ann
    December 15, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful, love the woodsy feel!

  19. Linda
    December 15, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I just gave my Potting Shed a thorough cleaning and am excited about the fun part now – decorating it for Christmas! You bring such joyous festive inspiration Mary! I love all the natural elements and traditional Christmas colors – Beautiful! Thanks again for making all of our Holidays magical!

  20. Theresa R Keller
    December 15, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for such a fun holiday post, all of your ideas are inspiring! Happy Holidays to you :) it made my day.

  21. Donna
    December 15, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Perfection. . . .I tried to consider which of these was my favorite, the wellies, the wreath, the sweet ornaments but it was way too difficult to decide. All the trimmings may be my favorite, love the beaded ornament and the galvanized items. Mrs. Powers welcomes the gardener in me. Thanks for this day brightener, it is a fresh look, not easily copied by others. You are an original.******

  22. December 15, 2020 at 10:38 am

    So Beautiful! Do you have people ask if they can come take their holiday family photos in front of your beautiful creations? I would, if I lived near you.

  23. Dorinda Selke
    December 15, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Mary ~ I wish I could come and forage in your neck of the woods ! You would think in NW Connecticut I would have a plethora of greens to pick from. I am having a devil of a time and speaking of time I’m running out of it !! Merry Christmas and thank you for your beautiful and inspiring posts. Hugs, Dorinda

  24. Susan B
    December 15, 2020 at 11:09 am

    So much beauty Mary, thank you! I especially love the wheel barrow – what a cute idea. Nature blesses us with so much beauty, and you incorporate it all so marvelously into your home and garden. Merry Christmas!!!

  25. December 15, 2020 at 11:51 am

    So much fun view this posting and so many fabulous ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Julie Duncan
    December 15, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Loving EVERYTHING about this post and the blog. Great job in uplifting spirits! Happy Holidays!

  27. Kathy Menold
    December 15, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Mary, You have outdone yourself this year. It is just great and I agree live greens and berries are best.
    Today I am making your Cranberry orange bread in small loaf pans to give as gifts. Definitely the best recipe I have found.
    Stay safe tommorow and hope the ice stays away. Good day to stay inside and bake some more Christmas goodies.

  28. December 15, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Mary, I can just imagine how much labor goes into this! It’s certainly a treat for me and all your readers to see The Potting Shed decked out for the holidays, so thank you for the time and effort. Such a joy!!!! Merry, Merry!

  29. Shirley Graham
    December 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you so much for your post!!! Love everything!! Where did you find the plaid wellies? & the bird ornaments – would love to find them also!!! Wish I had a potting shed too!! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you & yours!!!

  30. Nancy Brantley
    December 15, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Just love everything! Natural greenery is so pretty with pops of color and decor!

  31. December 15, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Oh Mary… I love your Christmas details at your Potting Shed! I envy your live greenery. Here in the desert I used faux and some rosemary from my garden to decorate my she shed.
    The wheel barrow is darling. I almost had a red wagon to use for my shed porch… but it got away from me on MarketPlace.
    Sending you lots of Happy Holiday Wishes my friend!

  32. Ellen Martin
    December 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you for continuing to amaze and bless your readers and viewers with your beautiful posts! The time and talent put into decorating just the outside of your potting shed brings such delight and joy. I don’t respond as often as I should, but enjoy every post, and this is a favorite!

  33. Virginia
    December 15, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I cannot pick a favorite from today’s post therefore I just love everything about Christmas comes to your Potting Shed. Hope you have a pretty snow and not treacherous ice. Since moving to north eastern North Carolina from the mountains I do miss the snow but not the shoveling. Stay warm and safe.

  34. Gail
    December 15, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    So festive
    Thx for explanation how to hang the plate

  35. Sue
    December 15, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Everything about your blog just makes me smile! Sadly I don’t have a potting shed but I can adapt some of your ideas to decorations for my porch. Thank you! I’m enjoying the issue of Farmhouse Christmas that I purchased after seeing your featured article. Congrats!

  36. Liz
    December 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Everything looks wonderful! I especially like the wheel barrow! So cute and whimsical!

  37. Ginny
    December 15, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Once again your Potting Shed looks so beautiful. Your are so creative and clever and certainly an inspiration to me! Merry Christmas!

  38. December 15, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Mary, I thought I commented, well I can’t keep up with what day it is. The potting shed is so festive and thank you for making that huge labor investment. Fresh greenery is a lot of work, and you made quite a haul. There are so many beautiful details, this would be a gorgeous magazine spread. Your creativity always inspires ♥️

  39. Mary
    December 16, 2020 at 1:26 am

    You do have such a lot of fun in and around your lovely Potting Shed and garden. It looks so lovely and Christmassy. Many wishes for a very happy festive season and Thankyou for keeping me entertained with your wonderful photography over the past year.

  40. December 16, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Your labor of love produced so much incredible eye candy Mary! My favorite is the wheelbarrow full of greenery and ornaments, so cute!!! This wintery weather blast we’re having in the South is certainly making it feel like Christmas, stay cozy!

  41. Peyton
    December 16, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I want to spend Christmas in your Potting Shed, it is so well-dressed and festive, and free greenery is definitely a bonus. Would you please provide a source for the wicker tray with the handle, or a similar one? I’ve made your ‘Hello Autumn’ wreath twice, but find I really need that tray for better support. Merry Christmas!

    • December 16, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Peyton! I found the woven placemats with handle at World Market 5+ years ago but they’re no longer available. I did a quick online search and didn’t see anything similar. If I find something I’ll add a link to the post and send you an email. Merry Christmas ♥

  42. chloe Ward
    December 16, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Have always loved your garden shed. Especially at Christmas…. Thanks you for sharing. A “special treat” Chloe

  43. December 16, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Darling, I hear you on labor, after decorating lr, fr, kitchen, dr, deck and barn I thought it would be new years by the time I finished. Did I mention I just skipped a tree completely! With the addition of a greenhouse next year I will have to start in August! Not complaining, its fun pulling out all my goodies after years of living in the beach cottage, I can’t wait to have a garden themed tree next year in the greenhouse, I’m hoping that darling greenhouse ornament you sent me at least ten years ago survived the move! Love all your details, we definitely are garden twins when it comes to the love of decorating!

  44. December 17, 2020 at 11:48 am

    My favorite potting shed all decked out for the season! It’s beautiful! I know what you mean on the labor…..I’m still tweaking and adding things to my shed and the house. I love using the fresh greenery outside but it is quite time consuming gathering it all and getting it just right! I love your galvanized bird house on the tree, can you share your source? Thanks! Merry Christmas!

    • December 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you Robyn! The ornament came from Hobby Lobby several years ago :) Merry December ♥

  45. Holly D Malaspinas
    December 17, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Your decor is just beautiful. Unfortunately this year, I do not have outside access, only via a fire escape ladder to a small rooftop area where I have some planters. Today, we had 12″ of snow, so climbing a fire escape to get to the planters is no longer possible. I do have a small double suet bird feeder that i have decorated with some greens and berries to attract some small birds. At least I can reach that from my living room window. Thank you for all of your decorating ideas and recipes.

  46. December 22, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Today I am catching up on emails, blogs etc. and am so glad a didn’t miss this. Beautiful as always, Mary. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a much better 2021!!!!

  47. December 22, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you for this post. Your potting shed always inspires me. The pics help me to keep my Christmas spirit and to motivate me. I love fresh greenery and the almost woodsy feel. I hope 2021 brings you and your family continued good health. Merry Christmas!

  48. December 25, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    You inspire me, snd I always look forward to your posts!!! Happy holidays, Mary! 😘

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