Remember your garden when Holiday shopping!
Christmas comes but once a year, unless you are a little bit mad-cap in love with the holiday …
… surrounding yourself with reminders of Christmas year round …
For some of us who are Christmas-smitten, sparkling ornaments have a sneaky way of showing up in our decorating, no matter the season. Above left, a wire ornament has just a little bit of gold glitter left where it stands on a candle holder on the summer porch. A hanging mobile of silver and gold Christmas bling (above right) was photographed near Lake Anne in Reston, Virginia.
As soon as I hung it, a lady came up to me and said “Thank you! Thank you!” and shook my hand. I think of her every time I look at this ornament which now catches the breezes on my back porch.
Spheres are well-known magical elements in a garden, so why not recycle a few Christmas ornaments there? The metallic colors tend to fade in interesting ways in the sun, and others float like enchanted bubbles in decorative pools.
Christmas lovers, have you ever noticed? String lights look great in surprising ways no matter the time of year. eBay always has a great selection of both old and new lights: vintage owls would be perfect summer patio or garden; lighted grapes would be great for party atmosphere especially attached to an arbor; lighted branches add sparkle to flower arrangements (battery packs provide the wattage).
Another idea, keep ornament boxes on low shelves during off-season so that you can easily add to the collection from summer flea markets, yard sales, and thrift shopping!
The candy colors of three Christmas balls are hot glued together for a “magic wand” garden ornament, photographed in a townhouse topiary garden I once kept in Virginia.
Of course, when summer is over and Christmas celebrations return, what better opportunity to use all the bits and bobs you have culled from yard sales, thrift shops, closeout sales, and flea markets—to make a wonderful window display to enchant your visitors. The above are shop windows in Frederick, Maryland and Chelsea, NYC (Authentiques).
Fairy garden accessories are easily found in shops this time of year. Look for small houses, tiny figurines and other miniatures used for tree ornaments.
Don’t let anyone tell you that thinking of Christmas year round is a little bit nutty! As Charles Dickens said,
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
And wouldn’t you love to have seen his garden!