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November 29, 2011

Winter Gardening and Holiday Decorating Ideas

Some of you know I'm a bit of a gardening
I can't leave well enough alone! 
While downstate visiting the family
I went to a garden center with the most fabulous
 plants this called Bordines, 
in Rochester Hills, Michigan my home town.
I picked up a couple of small plants
for my windowsill.
 My kitchen window will serve as my
winter Garden
My Baby Tears on the left brought in from
this summer and given a hair cut!
Two Amaryllis, one Christmas Cactus
and one Cyclamen
  Christmas Cactus
 And my Amaryllis that are growing!
Maybe there is hope for it to bloom
by Christmas...they do move fast 
once they get going!

While visiting at Bordines I went in one
of the greenhouses that had natural
wreaths, baskets and planters
 on display and the aroma was 
 Hanging baskets of boughs, pine cones
and ribbon
 Maybe you'll be inspired by these
hanging baskets and planters.
 They told me if you spray "wilt-pruf" on the
greens and mist them they will last longer.
Of course if you have snow that will
do too!
 These are big- probably 4 to 5 ft.
tall with the sticks.
 They have them in peat containers
obviously you could dress that up
or set it in another pot
(There is no dirt inside- just fresh
cut boughs set inside)
Many variations of greens are used.
 Their natural wreaths were all beautiful

I think if you scratch and sniff 
the screen you can smell these!

 See the Protea or Proteas flowers? 
A little Hawaiian influence!
 I like the different greens they used
My favorite one
 They hold classes and showed
people how to make these
ribbon wreaths
 A couple of samples of ribbon
Wish I knew how they did this! I got these
pictures from their Facebook page.
Perhaps if you go to Pinterest there
will be some pictures and tutorials.
I would love to attend something like this 
if I lived a couple hundred miles


  1. What a great place to visit! All of their wreaths are gorgeous. The bow wreaths were pretty, too! I have to be growing things during the winter, as well...going to post about it on Friday. Hope you have a wonderful day, Liz!

  2. My screen must be broken - the scratch and sniff feature doesn't work! LOL
    I love the idea of a hanging basket, and the wreaths are just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing, Liz!
    ~ Wendi ~ xo

  3. Liz I love the wreaths very much and thanks for sharing with us... it gives 100 of ideas...
    Happy if you come to see me at
    with love from

  4. Hi Liz,

    Your winter garden looks fabulous! I just love the pink color of your Cyclamen. Gorgeous pictures of winter greens and ribbon wreath.

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Christmas Cactus are beautiful on your garden on your window so sweet, Looks like you had a great time visiting the greenhouse at Bordines~~ I love the hanging baskets.
    I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  6. Do you live by an A.C. Moore's?
    I think they have classes in how to make these wreaths.....
    Ot check there web site..


  7. Liz..LOVE fresh greenery for the holidays...or any time. Great ideas from the garden center. The mix of greens is especially pretty. I wanted an amaryllis for Christmas, but only saw them just recently in the stores, so I passed thinking they wouldn't bloom in time for Christmas. Wish I had gotten one now. I do like Christmas cacti and have a small one from last year, which is blooming. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

  8. Oh my gosh what a great post. The wreaths are wonderful. I have not seen anything that full around here! I even thought about buying 2 and layering them to get that full look. That ribbon wreath is incredible too. Happy Weekend!

  9. Liz, several bloggers have done tutorials on the mesh wreaths, I will try to find a link for you. LOVE thre pots with the evergreen boughs and sticks!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE that! Thanks for your SWEET comments! XO, Pinky

  10. http://kristenscreationsonline.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-mesh-wreath-tutorial.html Here is a link to Kristens Creations tutorial


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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