Decorating Starts Early

November 19, 2020 Newsletter


I’ve decided it’s the perfect year to start decorating for the holidays early. Why wait? Who says you have to wait for Thanksgiving. Especially when we’re talking about twinkle lights. The global pandemic made me put away my social rule book. I’m doing whatever makes me smile!

Decorating for the holidays always makes me smile. In this week’s newsletter, I’m sharing some great holiday decorating inspiration. It’s all about bringing nature inside.

Happy Gardening,

Amaryllis Bulbs

Amaryllis are native to Peru and South Africa. They have a wide range of colors available and are just plain fun to watch grow.

Best of all, you can keep your amaryllis blooming for years with proper care. Yes, years! Check out this great article from the University of Minnesota Extension office to learn how to care for your bulbs so you don’t have to keep spending money on new ones. 

How to Care for Amaryllis Bulbs

You can still purchase amaryllis bulbs from Longfield Gardens, but you need to be quick. Many of the popular varieties are sold out. When I checked their website this morning, there were still some beautiful varieties left, including the beautiful pink one in the photo above called Apple Blossom.

Amaryllis Bulbs from Longfield Gardens

Photo with permission from Wakefield Handmade

Wakefield Handmade Pottery

Peter Wakefield Jackson has been creating pottery for over 35 years. Peter is accepting holiday pre-orders which allows his clients to get the pieces they want for their holiday decorating and gift-giving. There’s a great selection of flower pots that are perfect for your amaryllis bulbs.

Wakefield Handmade pottery is hand-crafted. Each piece is thrown, fired, and packed by Peter himself. These are true works of art. You can follow Peter on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look at his studio.

Best of all, if you use the shopping code SHARETHELOVE, you can get a 10% discount on your order and 5% of the proceeds will go to support the Second Harvest Foodbank of Wisconsin.

My three favorite picks are:

#6 Mineral Point, Piecrust Under Rim

#6 English Split Rim Scallop with Attached Saucer

#6 Cotswold Half Pot

Photo courtesy Unsplash.

Make Your Own Garlands and Wreaths

I love to make my own wreaths and garlands to decorate the mantle and walls in Winter. There’s something special about bringing the outdoors inside, especially during the cold winter months. Here are some great resources to help you with some great decorating DIYs.

How to Make a Dried Orange Slice Garland

How to Make a Glittery Pinecone Garland

DIY Menorahs for Hanakkah

How to Make an Evergreen Garland

Dried Botanicals for Perfect Decor

I would rather have a flower arrangement of dried botanicals than one made from artificial flowers. There’s something magical about dried arrangements, and they last a very long time. Thankfully, Bloomist has a great selection of dried botanicals that can be used to decorate your home.

Bloomist Dried Botanical Collection

That’s it for this week. I hope you have fun decorating your home for the holidays. I’d love to know what you think of this week’s newsletter. Just hit reply and leave a comment. I read every note and always reply back.  Until next week, happy gardening!

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