But the outdoor decorations are finished so that’s something. And I’m happy to report that I met the challenge I set forth for myself to not spend a penny on any holiday containers and use only what I already had or what I foraged. I did buy some garland at Costco for the pergolas, but that puts the entire budget for everything I did outside at $30. I’m calling that a win.
The trough planter by the garage is big enough that moving it without removing the soil would be impossible. And because there are two clematis in there (they are group 3 types so they’ll be cut back in spring, but for now I’ve taken the foliage and tucked it behind the holiday decorations) the soil can’t be removed. Really simple decorations here: dogwood and evergreens just stuck in the soil with birch logs from the big tree that fell in our woods just leaning against the garage and a simple garland wrapped in lights.
I also very quickly did the container at the office. I hate to admit it, but I really threw this one together with what I had left around and in about 15 minutes, so it isn’t quite as neat as I would like. The trellis lives in another container there during the summer but I thought it added a nice touch. The big ornaments sort of look like they are waiting to hatch in their little nest.
So there you have it: five winter containers all done without spending a penny. There is actually one other small pot I did on our garden bench but I didn’t manage to snap a picture before it was mostly covered in snow. I’ll shoot one when it emerges.
Where are you at with your holiday decorating?