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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Christmas Potting Bench First Look

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


A potting bench full of Christmas greenery makes a porch an inviting place during the holiday season. Friends and family love seeing touches of Christmas all through the house, inside and out. Paperwhites are favorite winter flowers that gardner's dream about for their greenhouses, conservatories, garden sheds, and potting benches. 


First Look at a Christmas Potting Bench 


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To make gardening Christmas dreams come true, plant narcissus during the first week of November to force the bulbs into bloom during December. Their beautiful white blossoms contrast elegantly against deep green fir branches, ivy topiaries, rosemary trees, and boxwood wreaths. 




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Plant two or three paperwhite bulbs in pea gravel in a small glass vase or a cereal-size bowl to give as a gift for the hostess of a Christmas party. She will enjoy their blooms for the rest of the holidays. 




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Mix vintage glass electrical insulators and canning jars with your own glass vases potted with paperwhites for a festive Christmas potting bench. Rustic copper pipes and metal tools add to the vintage look. 




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Look closely at the large vase to see a bulb nestled in the pea gravel. By using glass containers it is easy to see where the water level should come.... just to the bottom of the bulbs. 




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A metal basket hanging from a galvanized metal grid offers another place for more white-flowering bulbs. Vintage French zinc seed pots are the perfect size for single faux hyacinth bulbs. 




Adding fresh preserved moss to the galvanized star topiary is next on the Christmas potting bench to-do list. A post about how to refresh a tired moss topiary is in the works. 




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What more is yet to come for the Christmas potting bench decorations? A fresh cedar garland along the  top hooks, fresh noble fir branches in the hanging basket, a large galvanized bucket with Christmas greenery, and possibly a French Christmas greeting as a banner or a wooden sign... 



Sneak Peek at Decor to Adore's Pop Up Shoppe

Laura at Decor to Adore's Pop Up Shoppe 
Christmas shopping is so much fun at small shops filled with creative handmade and vintage items. Isn't this handcrafted bottle tree Christmas decoration adorable... just like the blog name promises... Decor to Adore!

Laura has been renovating a backyard potting/storage shed into a Pop Up Shoppe as part of this season's One Room Challenge. Her real-life reveal of the One Room Challenge is

Saturday, November 11, 2017 

10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


I plan to be there, and would love to meet you there. See Decor to Adore for details, including the address, of this very special event. Here's our chance to see in person a reveal of one of this season's One Room Challenge and to meet the creative force behind the blog and shoppe, Laura. 


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What will your Christmas potting bench, garden shed, conservatory... hold this season? 


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7 comments:

Decor To Adore said...

Oh, Judith, I am in awe of your potting bench. Thank you so much for the kind mention. My heartstring are sure to burst. I am so looking forward to attending your Christmas shop. Make sure you bring some flyers on Saturday. I look forward to seeing you.

Rita C. said...

Love your potting bench, Judith. I am putting my garden to bed, as we have true winter here and the garden sleeps soundly for a few months. I love that you'll be joining Laura, and I hope to see lots of photos for the turnout!

Stacey said...

Love this idea and I love the way you presented the bulbs in the bluish glass.

I will be there this weekend too. :)

Susan Clayton said...

I like to have them bloom around Epiphany or a little after. A nice lift after Christmas. Your post is exceptionally lovely. Great work.

032966c8-c55f-11e7-9aad-8fa36477be82 said...

I love "this", Judith.
My bench is in the garage . . . however your post has inspired me to convert a square glass table on our patio into such loveliness! The table is visible from our Christmas dinner table. I may add some tiny lights. Oh my mind is whirling now.
Thank you for "this"!
w/L

Eilis said...

Hmm... I have a baker's rack on our patio that has become a catch it all. You have inspired me with these beautiful photos. It could be so much more!

Katie Mansfield said...

Gorgeous photos. I'm so sad that I missed the pop up shoppe. It looks like it was amazing. Your bulbs are already putting on a good show. I love your potting shelf. Great photos.