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November 28, 2011

Winter Gardening and Holiday Ideas

I can't leave well enough alone!  
I went to a garden center with the most fabulous plants this
past weekend called Bordines, 
in Rochester Hills, Michigan my home town.
 My kitchen window will serve as my
winter Garden
 A Cyclamen
 A 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
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 attend something like this 
if I lived a couple hundred miles

Winter is coming here.  We have a light dusting
of snow today and are expecting more
this week.
How's it going in your neck of the woods?


  1. Hi Liz,
    I love all these wreaths..I dont know which one I would buy...our floral teacher would always have protea's for us to work with so maybe I would pick this one...I love the Protea's..but, I also love the ribbon wreath's..they are so girly-girl...and I must say I love your window garden..have a great day!

  2. Hi Liz,
    I love the wreaths with the brown ribbon! :) Lots of inspiration here. I would like to know how to make one of those wreaths to.

    Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday!! Your window garden is darling. :)
    Merry Christmas!

  3. What lovely pictures. I agree with you, my favorite is the wreath with the pinecones and green ribbon. But I must say they are all beautiful. What fun to see so many lovely choices.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Love your kitchen window garden! I just potted an amaryllis too~ I should have started it a couple of weeks ago. Love seeing all the beautiful greenery in wreaths & containers~ fun ribbon wreaths too!

  5. Very nice post, and I would love to see more of your garden! I think I know whom to ask when I have hydrangea questions! Mine are looking a little sad right now, with different colored blossoms on one plant (I live in Central Alabama).

    Visiting from Liz's!

    Ricki Jill

  6. Ok I folded and bought two amaryllis and one of them immediately sent up a bloom and its about 4 inches tall now. The other one is doing nothing for some reason.

    I love the fresh greens this time of year - such a wonderful fragrance but the ribbon wreaths are beautiful too. Are you ready for Christmas? I have some wrapping to do but the shopping is done!!!


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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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