We got rain…YES!, beautiful raindrops everywhere in the garden. I was starting to wonder what rain was like. Missing it after no measurable rain here in the city for over 100 days. I started watching those YouTube rain clips where all it plays for hours is the sound of rain in a forest, at a coffee shop in the city, a cozy country, or you take your pick and listen mostly to the sound of rain drops.
When it rains in my garden I get a whole new garden with so much to see. The water reflects off of everything.
All kinds of mirrors everywhere. Like another garden is waiting for me to explore every time I come across a reflection in all those puddles.
And the rain on all those plants smells wonderful.
My Arizona garden here in the city looks like this in December. A little messy.
My husband trimmed the mesquite tree one day and with the branches I am trying to weave a basket canopy above our Gazebo. The original gazebo was eaten up long ago by the sun. You can still see parts of it where the vine has grown into it. It is too high up for me to reach and clean so I am letting nature create it’s own art up there. I will weave branches from our Mesquite tree in the empty spaces where the cover is missing and the vines grow around it and through it. I’m trying to create a basket of shade using natural materials. When the wood hardens it becomes it’s own roof. The rest of the trim we get from our Mesquite tree becomes logs for our old wood burning stove up north or my husband’s pizza oven.
We don’t get snow here in the city, but up north there was snow on the rim the last time we drove up. Here in the city it is cold at night but not so cold that we don’t get flowers.
Our Arizona garden still has color in December.
I bring my more fragile plants inside to stay warm. The more mature plants, as long as it isn’t too cold, can survive outside.
I spent this month in the garden making wreaths.
Then it got dark because I was out there for awhile working, I had to bring everything inside to work on it the next day.
I decided to use my vintage wooden tool tray as part of my Christmas decor this year.
It is a pretty big tray and heavy. Picked it up at the bargain bins for $7. Had all kinds of old nails in it. You may recognize it as a background for many of my DIY craft photos. My little photo studio is mostly outside where the natural light is during the magic hours. It is mostly made up of old pallet wood, trays like this and rustic baskets and boxes.
The tree lot down the road had a pile of free pine clippings that they gave me. Sometimes you can find places in the city that do this but there are some places that charge $3 or more per ft.
I have done both. If I am not up north then I have to forage in the city for pretty green foliage to decorate my home for the holidays. Or I use what I can find in my Winter garden outside.
There have been many times I have bought bouquets of greenery in the city shopping centers. I love being surrounded by plants. Fresh plants give off wonderful smells inside our homes. Sadly we lost our live Christmas trees I bought in pots last year because this was the hottest summer on record here in our city. 2020 was an unsettling year for many reasons. One of my potted plants I had for years died, that was a hard one to loose.
My mini wreaths were made from some grapevine wreaths I bought at a craft store , 4 for $2.
Once I had all the greenery on them they looked much bigger and so pretty. I used a combination of pine, jasmine and gardenia leaves along with some of those tiny leaves from the vine that grows through my Gazebo.
Then I added real cranberries from a bag I bought from a dollar store. And the rest of the cranberries were made into a jelly to go with my husband’s fresh bread.
I also bought a bunch of pretty pots from the dollar stores in our area and filled them with baby cacti from our garden to give out.
And I made little fabric bags for some of my Aloe pups. Just add a pretty gift tag with all the benefits of Aloe Vera and you have a gift that keeps on giving.
Then filled I my home with Holiday cheer from nature. Doesn’t cost a lot to make a house a home, just fill it with a lot of love and let happy memories be made everyday.
Thank you for stopping by for a visit with me in my garden this month. I Hope you all are having a beautiful season filled with the joys of what ever holiday you celebrate and Christmas spirit for all who celebrate Christmas as well. That you also enjoy all the beautiful gifts that God has for you all from this beautiful planet of ours. Have a wonderful holiday season and may God bless each and every one of you.