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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Advent Calendar Christmas Boxes

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Advent calendars using Christmas boxes are a fun way to lead up to Christmas Day, beginning early or late in a countdown. 

In the hustle and bustle of preparations for Christmas, time sometimes runs out to get everything done you want to do. If you are thinking, "Oops, missed setting up an Advent Calendar this year," think again. 



Advent calendar Christmas boxes in a French Country urn

Christmas Potting Bench

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


A potting bench just steps away on a back porch is a great place to work on Christmas greenery and to keep potted plants fresh during the holidays. And a potting bench is a place to keep your spirit alive as you work to create holiday magic in your home. 


Christmas potting bench rosemary trees
Live plants flourish in cool temperatures and high humidity. After buying seasonal potted plants like rosemary trees, keep them outside until you want to use them inside as part of your decorations for Christmas celebrations. 

If temperatures dip down to freezing, bring plants inside overnight, and return them to the potting bench the next morning when temperatures rise above freezing. 

Christmas Porch Natural Greenery

Monday, December 3, 2018


Use natural greenery from your yard, the roadside, or a garden center to create beautiful free Christmas porch decorations. 


Christmas porch natural greenery blue berry cedar wreath

The Christmas season is upon us now that December has arrived!  And, Christmas decorations have begun at my house starting with both the front and back porches. 

Christmas French Market Basket

Saturday, November 24, 2018


Get your Christmas decorating organized by gathering supplies into one place, like a French market basket. 


Every little bit of organization in the busy, busy, busy, busiest season of the year helps your day go well and helps you get more done just when you need more time. 



Christmas French market basket for gathering Christmas decorations
The number one organization tip that helps me the most, at any time of the year, is to gather supplies I will be using for a project into one spot where I can find everything quickly. 

French Gardener Gift Guide

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Here are six suggestions as a Christmas gift guide for a French gardener in your life. Or for someone, who like me is not French,  but who loves all things in French-inspired gardens. 



French gardener gift guide includes paperwhite bulbs for forcing in a French style flower pot