Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Little Christmas on the Deck

In the South, Fall and Winter are sometimes the best seasons for sitting on the deck. Yesterday, I decided to...

...add a little wreath to the bird house on the deck table...then, I put a few pine cones in the bird nest, and added a bowl of cut greens and Nandina berries.

I brought out a plaid throw and some pillows, thinking I'd put my feet up for a few minutes, but then...you know how it is...I started taking photos.

I was surprised to see that it got dark really fast, so I grabbed some candles...

...the "blue hour" at 6:30 pm...who knew?

If you look carefully, you can just see the reindeer pillow on the glider. Ahhh...perfect weather for "gliding".

Thank goodness I remembered to take the throw and pillows in the house last night, because this morning, the weather is damp and dreary...perfect for giving the paperwhites a breath of fresh air.

This year, I used the "5% solution" for growing them, and it really worked...no floppy paperwhites.
Here's the LINK I used to figure out the "solution".

Finally, I added a poinsettia, which was a gift from one of our Christmas party guests. I'll enjoy the plants on the deck today, but will bring them in tonight. The bowl of evergreen cuttings, however, will stay out. They won't mind the cooler weather, which is on the way.
I love decorating the deck, especially since I see it from the kitchen windows.
Do you "deck-orate" yours for Christmas?

Hugs,
Babs

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28 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh your deck is fabulous. I love it. The Christmas decor is beautiful. I love that plaid throw too. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Ron said...

Babs, your deck is beautiful. xo

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Babs hon,Your deck it's so lovely and inviting, decorated for the Christmas Season! I love the throw and everything else. Happy Holidays!
FABBY

Olive said...

I think decorating the deck is a great idea. I love the birdhouse.

Eileen said...

What gorgeous photos! Everything is just beautiful.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

This is sooo pretty! If you wake up to a stranger relaxing on this gorgeous deck, just don't call the law on me, ok??

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your deck is just gorgeous, Babs! I love the little wreath on the birdhouse and the paperwhites and poinsettia add so much color. Love it!
I wish I had a deck to decorate.

Sylvia said...

Your deck is festive, and a little romantic too at twilight.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful deck--I especially love the "blue hour" photo that you captured--lovely! It was so nice to hear from you over at my blog, and I am glad that you enjoyed the spiced nuts recipe I shared!

Donna said...

Your deck looks lovely. I like how you used natural things like berries and evergreens and pine cones. Our weather has been warm so I've been spending time outside too, and yes, I like to decorate my back porch. Love the poinsettia and paperwhites!

Kelly said...

Your deck Christmas decor is just beautiful. Love that birdhouse most of all! Love your mix of pinecones with the paperwhites too. Nature has the best decorations!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Babs, your deck looks so pretty! I love all of your greens and paperwhites. I have never decorated out back; but, this makes me want to! So pretty!

thepaintedapron.com said...

I love your church with the paperwhites, and what a wonderful tip to keep them from toppling over! Thanks so much!
Jenna

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Your deck looks so pretty and festive. I've always decorated our decks/screened porches too, because it's so nice to look out there and see it! I invite you to visit back. ~Zuni

Sarah said...

Babs, your porch decor is charming. I plan to add a bit of holiday touch to our terrace this next week. Off visiting friends in Dallas right now. ;-)

Mary said...

Babs~ I LOVE your porch decor with the mix of your birdhouse, greenery and paperwhites! I clicked over to your link to your 5% solution~ I SO glad to know that~ your paperwhites are the perfect height!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Everything looks so pretty, Babs! We certainly have had nice weather for you to enjoy being outside! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
Gorgeous deck!!!
We don't do outdoor "decking". . .but I have a plan for after Christmas $ale$ this year for some lighted garland. So~o~o. . .perhaps next year! Your deck is truly inspirational!!! Thanks for your sweet comment and visit...I've been missing you!!!
Fondly,
Pat

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Gorgeous Babs! The night shots are so pretty!

Alycia Nichols said...

Girl, our deck is a death trap in winter!!! When the ice and snow fall, you could lose your life out there on that slick rink!!! We don't even decorate it for Christmas with lights or anything because we would have to go out and take them down after!!! And forget about trying to put a tree or something out there! The winds in the Kansas City area rival those off Lake Michigan and around Chicago!!! That tree would end up blown onto YOUR deck!!! :-) :-) :-) Great job on yours!!!! And how nice that you can sit out there in fall and winter! Enjoy!!!

Chubby Chieque said...

Your deck is rea a FAB.

Love the church and the bird's nest is amazingly beautiful.

Happy TTT,
/Chie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my goodness I am so impressed with your paperwhites! They are standing tall indeed. I never got any planted and am going to look up your 5% solution and pin it for next year. Your deck is lovely...now and in every season. My deck is a wreck at the moment!

Infuse With Liz said...

Oh this is so sweet! Love the church with it's own wreath and the greens...very nice! The birds nest with pine cones is adorable. I sort of decorated my deck. I put stuff in my window box by the kitchen window and some garland and two small trees on the deck railing. I put a little bird house in the window box with some faux greens. We gotten snow so it looks pretty good right now. I should take some new pictures. I didn't try the solution for the narcissus. I hard about it but didn't follow through. Yours look great!

xinex said...

I could have done that last weekend cause we were in the 70's but today got cold and wet, will be in the 30's tonight. Your deck is pretty and the paper whites are gorgeous. My paper whites that are planted in the ground are blooming....Christine

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How pretty! I love the pine cones and greenery and the blue hour picture turned out great!

Katherine Wolak said...

Ohhhh pretty! o.o love the look the candles give! :D

Hugs,

Pat said...

Love the night time shots, Babs! Your Christmas deck is beautiful!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

So inviting. You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse