When I buy poinsettias, I usually get the yellow ones but I decided to shop around this year before making my selection. I wanted something that would fit in with the the garden benches and other pots by the front door. So, I dithered. Then, having reached a decision on color, I returned to the mom and pop garden center that had my selected plants, only to find that the majority had already been cleaned out! I didn't have time for a project reboot so I picked 2 plants that were similar in color but not identical in shape. I got the rest of the plants to fill these pots elsewhere, which also resulted in some missteps. In the end, I had too many plants for the pots and had to simplify.
Here are the 2 pots in a wide shot taken from the front walkway.
Here's a closer view of the pot #1:
And here's pot #2:
|The gargoyle under the bench isn't really intended as part of the vignette - he sits there all year, although he gets a festive red bow at Christmas time|
I can submit only one photo in Loree's challenge. Should I go with the wide view, pot #1 or pot #2? Or do you have other suggestions on mixing it up?
The front door pots aren't my only Christmas decorations. Here's a look at some of the rest:
|The tree's placement was an issue this year my husband won a long-standing argument over the addition of a recliner in the living room, creating tighter quarters. The tree overlooks the backyard and the harbor beyond.|
For me, nothing brings memories of the past to the surface more readily than Christmas ornaments, a point which Anna's Wednesday Vignette post at Flutter & Hum this week drove home. Much as I appreciate the theme trees I see on display in various venues, my decorations are a mish-mash that includes family ornaments, gifts from friends, and collected items. I haven't bought a new ornament in years but somehow I always have more than I can use.
I know how crazy - and intense - the holidays can get but I hope you're taking time to enjoy them and to digest your own memories. And, if you have any ideas on my poinsettia challenge submission, please pass them along!
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