Ornaments and Greenery

December 7, 2012 | My Jottings

A couple of days ago I shared how I’m not really an Outdoor Christmas Decoration Person. I so enjoy looking at everyone else’s lights and reindeer and nativity scenes, but have never decorated outside when Christmas season comes around. I love to decorate inside, though.

For your blog-reading accompaniment, one of my favorite songs to play at Christmas time is called “Orchard House,” from the soundtrack CD to the movie Little Women, and you just have to hear it while you’re scrolling. The whole CD gets deep into my soul. It’s playing in our house right now, as a matter of fact. Click here.

Well, we still don’t have fancy lights or displays outside, but we do have something, and I thought you might like to see! This new house has three good-sized flower boxes on the front of the deck, which is at the front of the house, and if you didn’t see how Sara planted them the week we moved in, you can look here.

Those same flower boxes are just perfect for lots and lots of greenery in the winter, and last weekend Sara filled them up with pine, fir and spruce boughs, twigs and magnolia leaves, and everything just sort of pours over the edges of the boxes and I love them.

I think they’ll look especially nice when a fluffy blanket of snow falls on everything, including the huge dark blue and silver ornaments Sara worked into the arrangements.

It was a damp day, foggy and chill, and the little bit of snow we had was slowly melting. Sara decided to do the arrangements in the driveway where she had lots of space. You can click on the photos to enlarge them if you like.

I waited for a sunny day to take these pictures below, because I hoped you could see the three different finishes on the ornaments: very shiny, sort of cloudy, and glittery.  🙂

The balls are larger than a softball, just smaller than a volleyball…


These are the two planters on the left…I love how wild and (here we go again) asymmetrical they look.

Can’t you just picture how beautiful a blanket of snow will look on the branches and ornaments? If our forecast is correct, we could have 6-10 inches by the end of the weekend!

Because I enjoy alliteration, I almost titled this post Balls and Boughs. Then thought better of it.

And lastly, this greets anyone who comes to the steps that lead to our front door:

God’s blessings on you today, friends and family!


  1. Helen in Switzerland says:

    That looks wonderful – she’s very talented, that daughter of yours!!!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you so much Helen! Have a blessed weekend… xxoo

  3. Christy says:

    Of course !!!! Anything Sara does is going to be beautiful (I wanted to say “stupendous ” but was afraid it would be misunderstood). Plain and simple, Sara is amazing !

  4. Just Julie says:

    Of course her aunt would say such nice things! I will tell her what you said and she will be blessed. Wish you could see in person… xxoo

  5. Ganeida says:

    Lovely. And original! 🙂 Blessings, my friend.

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Ganeida dear! xxoo

  7. Carrie says:

    The flower boxes are beautiful. I can’t wait to see the blanket of snow on them. We have yet to get any this season – not even a few flakes flying through the air.

  8. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for saying so, Carrie. I hope to take some more pictures after the approaching storm. xxoo

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