Sunday, December 26, 2010

Around The Christmas Garden

The paperwhites are lovely this year.  I did have to hold them in the garage for a few days to suspend full bloom.

Fresh white pine worked in amongst the faux garland, fresh flowers in florist tubes on both sides.

When the lower leaves begin to fall from the poinsettias work in some fresh evergreen cuttings to fill in.  A local florist gave me this tip to make the plants look better for a longer period of time.

Simple arrangement of white pine and mums, McCoy pottery

Depression glass flower holder


Mary Anne said...

Good Morning Eileen:

Your flowers look so beautiful. I started mine too late and they are now growing like crazy! Still have yet to bloom.....maybe they will make it for New Years!

Love your creative flower abililty!
Also love what we do together only one town away!! Blogging.....making friends with the "world". What could be better?
A very Happy New Year to you and your hubby!

RainGardener said...

Eileen I love your arrangments and your pink and white pointsetta is gorgeous, at least that's the color it looks like to me in the picture. You do such great work! Also like your McCoy vase and Depression Glass holder. Hope you have a great coming year!

Shirley said...


Thanks for tip! All your floral arrangements look great and festive! I particularly like your paperwhites! So pretty punctuated with red!

All the best to you.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Mary Anne, the paperwhites will be nice to have after the holidays. It is a long time until spring!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi RG, it is a pink and ivory colored poinsettia and they actually seem to hang on longer than the solid colored ones.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Shirley, the paperwhites look really full this year and the smell is wonderful. I don't remember them as being as nice last year.


Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I bet it smells good in your house now with the paperwhites and evergreens! We have so many evergreen trees around us, but they are so tall I can't reach any branches to cut for inside. Great tip on using them with poinsettias!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Eileen your paper whites are blooming so beautifully now. I love the white and pink poinsettia. So pretty! What festive and lovely flower arrangements you have. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl you have such beautiful arrangements in your home! I love white (except when it is too much snow that is !) .. white is special .. you can mix anything with it .. one of the most beautiful bouquets I ever recieved was from my Dutch neighbors when we lived in Holland (talk about flower arrangements !) It was white on green .. just those two colours and it was amazing : ) I love your poinsettia and the paperwhites ... I wish I could force blubs here .. but the boys sneeze like crazy .. so I have to enjoy yours !!
Joy : )
Pre Happy New Year !!

Cottage Garden said...

I'm so glad your paperwhites held back for Christmas Eileen. That was a great idea to put them in the garage!

We heard about the snow and wind sweeping down the eastern United States, but 18 inches in New York - crikey!

Hope your Christmas was joyful.


Karen said...

Eileen, what a great idea to mix greens in with the poinsettias as they decline. Your floral displays are gorgeous. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Catherine,

You are correct, the paperwhites smell wonderful. I have the larger container in the dining room and the little pots over my kitchen sink. I'm afraid they will be gone all too soon.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Lona, We did have a nice Christmas. It is such a flurry I'm not sure we take enough time to relax and look around at what we have to be thankful for.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joy, I do like the white with all of the other colorful decorations and I just head today on the television that white is the new Christmas color. Little did I know!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Jeanne, we did have a good Christmas and it stayed pretty temperate for this time of year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Karen, I hope you had a good time with your family. Our yards are put to bed for a short time. I received my first seed catalog today!


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

You are the best when it comes to growing paperwhites! They stand like soldiers! I needed to follow your example and put some branches! Well, next year... Happy New Year to you with the new plant lights that you showed in your last post!

Indoor Fountains said...

Who needs a tree with all of these lovely flowers? LOL