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November Garden Photo Collage

We got a total of 10 hours of sun this November. Even though it was much less than we usually get this month felt cozy and colorful, much thanks to all the lights and decorations by our main entrance.

Tomorrow is the first of December. I’ll be spending this weekend decorating indoors. The Christmas trees are up next! 🎄🎁❄️

DIY Amaryllis Arrangement for Christmas – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I posted a tutorial video on how to create an Amaryllis arrangement for Christmas. At that point it looked pretty with all the greens, but nothing compared to how it looks now when it’s bloomed! The photos don’t do it justice, it’s the most beautiful thing ❤️❤️❤️

Red amaryllis arrangement for Christmas
Christmas arrangement with four Amaryllis ’Olaf’
Red amaryllis arrangement for Christmas
Big, bold Amaryllis blooms
Red amaryllis arrangement for Christmas
Nighttime. The lights on the Pergola in the back sure set the scene!

Birds in the Garden

I got a simple bird feeder and hung it outside of my kitchen window. It gets plenty of visitors, especially during the morning. Watching these little guys have breakfast is so cozy. They’re quite adorable ☺️

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
The big planter is all set for Winter

This planter was set for winter with Boxwood and lovely Heuchera for winter interest. Then my bunnies got to it! They ate the Heuchera down to soil level leaving the planter looking really sad.

After looking at the bare soil for a few weeks I got tired of seeing it look so sad. I didn’t want to add more plants since I hope the Heuchera will come back next spring. Insead I filled the while planter with greens. They’re from my garden or the forest so this arrangement cost me a total of $2 (for the red ornaments).

Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens
Big Winter Planter
Big Winter Planter with Boxwood and Greens

Christmas Succulent Arrangement

More and more Christmas decorations are sneaking into the house, like this Christmas succulent arrangement. I put it together today using plants and decorations that I already had.

Quick arrangements for Christmas are fun! You can push the light and water boundaries since they only need to last for a few weeks. When Christmas is over these plants are going back to a spot under grow lights and eventually I’ll use them for other arrangements.

White Kalanchoe always looks amazing in succulent arrangements
White Poinsettia isn’t a succulent and might need more water. I use a small cup for watering and direct more water to this part of the arrangement.

Giant Amaryllis with Moss in Round Vase

Today is Amaryllis day in Sweden! I’ve celebrated by planting a giant Amaryllis “White Star”. This time I tried something different than a regular pot. I used a simple vase with forest moss around the edges, regular potting soil in the middle with one huge amaryllis bulb. That’s it!

Amaryllis ”White Star” planted in a round vase. Can’t wait for it to bloom!

Easy to Make Christmas Wreath for Beginners

This is a really easy wrath that is perfect for beginners! Just mix 3-5 types of greens with different colors and structures. Poke in a few red decorations and you’re done!

Simple, yet pretty
Things I used (plus Juniper ’Blue Carpet’, that I forgot in the video)
Juniper ’Blue Carpet’ in the foreground makes the red pop
Tuck in fairy lights to make the wreath extra festive! ✨🌲☃️

Decorating the Porch for Christmas

My front porch got a Christmas makeover this weekend. I just gathered the wreaths and winter containers that i’ve made last week and put string lights on. We’re lucky to live close to many big forests so getting greens and using them for these types of projects is easy 🌲💡🌿

All the greens except for this garland are real. The garland is faux, I just don’t have the patient to make one that’s real.
My Christmas wreath. Video tutorial coming up as soon as I have the time to edit it.
A few string lights make everything look so pretty. Especially when the days are short.
Container arrangement with a mix of perennials and greens.
Click here for video tutorial and more photos
Hellebore ’Niger’
My winter wreath
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DIY Amaryllis Arrangement for Christmas – Video Tutorial

You can make this arrangement using Amaryllis bulbs or like I did, using bulbs that have already been planted. If you’re using unplanted bulbs you might want to plant them a few weeks before you put in the greens. The bulbs will need 6-8 weeks to bloom, depending on light and temperature. That’s quite along time for the greens to be indoor and you want to avoid them drying out.

After you’re finished, water in the arrangement. Continue to give small amounts of water every week until the Amaryllis has bloomed 💦

I can’t wait until the Amaryllises begin to bloom. Hopefully it’s look as striking as I imagine it with 8 huge red flower 🌲🌺🌿

Perennial Combo with Winter Interest – Hellebore ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

This sure is a pretty combo! When the rest of the garden is starting to get dull these two perennials still look stunning.

Here are some details and stats on size, hardiness zone and exposure for the Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ and Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ blooms from September to April!
Hellebore ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ in the front
Blue-Eyed Mary
, Heauchera ”Obsidian’ and Hakonechloe in the next bed
Boxwood hedge, Bamboo (Fargesia murieliae Jumbo) and Tetarian Dogwood in the back

The red colors are repeated making the garden look cohesive. Repeating colors is especially important for a small garden to avoid them looking cluttered.

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

The view against our neighbour’s fence. I’m not that happy with the mix of black, grey and wood. The colors reminds me of a shipping container. I have big plans for the fence next spring! 🎨🖤🌿