In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Basket

IMG_9573The Christmas holiday theme continues this week with a hanging basket of balsam fir (Abies balsamea), Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), holly sprigs (Ilex x meserveae ‘Blue Princess’) and winterberries (Ilex verticillata).

I’ve added a snowflake-imprinted ribbon bow and a faux red cardinal to add an extra bit of pop to the evergreens.

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly creation with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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54 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Holiday Basket

  1. What a great basket – I could use some help in putting mine together. I have the pine boughs sitting on the porch, but that is as far as I got!

  2. Lovely arrangement – love the holly, and so very representative of Christmas. Feel quite jealous when it comes to Northern Hemisphere Christmas atmosphere, the chill winter and snow! I shall soon be putting up my ‘Christmas tree’, and having gone away from alien vegetation conifers, mine is an agave flower stalk 🙂 It’s sprayed green and gold and our ornaments are from Egypt – quite unorthodox 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Liz. I love your innovative native ‘tree’ and decorations. After a recent trip to California, I realized most of the world doesn’t experience a snowy Christmas and it is interesting to see all the different styles of decorations. It would make a interesting photo book, don’t you think?

  3. Noelle says:

    A beautifully presented arrangement…wonderful against the white shiplap. I also love the falling snow effect on your blog.

  4. Beautywhizz says:

    Very festive looking basket.

  5. johnvic8 says:

    A wonderful arrangement…with the combination of greenery.

  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    It just makes me feel good, looking at this one. Something about it…..

  7. LightWriters says:

    utterly delightfully lovely!

  8. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Simply beautiful! Your ideas are so creative, Eliza!

  9. Laurie Graves says:

    So envious that you have holly. It grows in Maine, but only in certain microclimates. Lovely arrangement!

  10. Kris P says:

    Very pretty Eliza! The basket is the perfect container for the greens and berries.

  11. Another fabulous idea and I have just the basket! Love all the holiday greenery. It must smell amazing.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Donna. It is hung outside, so while it stays fresh without water in the cool air, I don’t get the benefit of smelling that piney scent. However, there are more arrangements inside. 🙂

  12. Robin says:

    Beautiful, and very festive. ‘Tis the season. 🙂

  13. Your basket looks great, a great variation to the usual Christmas wreath.

  14. Lovely basket arrangement. Very pretty, Eliza. 🙂

  15. Cathy says:

    It has been such fun seeing the different festive ‘vases’ bloggers are putting together – what a creative lot we all are! Thanks for sharing

  16. Nature’s festive gift! Looks great.

  17. Heather says:

    I love this! And it’s really doable…meaning I might actually pull something like this off 😉

  18. arlingwoman says:

    I’m so glad there are still vases on Monday! This is a beautiful basket and I like the hint about making a net to fill.

  19. Maria F. says:

    How creative Eliza!

  20. Cathy says:

    A lovely bright Christmas basket Eliza. Love the winterberries and holly. 🙂

  21. MK says:

    The greens and white are so fresh and crisp, and the red makes the whole thing warm. Very appealing & cheerful! I wish I had one for my front door!!!

  22. pbmgarden says:

    Eliza, this is so attractive. Did you make the basket itself?

  23. ladyfi says:

    So very pretty!

  24. You always have such a great eye, Eliza.

  25. reocochran says:

    I really liked this post, Eliza. I once wrote a post about how the pretty cardinal bird brought me a special spirit message and continues many times a year. (If you are ever interested press the tag “cardinal” on the side bar of my full post. 🙂 )
    My small Christmas tree has little nests on it, red and cream gingham ribbons and bells on it. Due to my name, birds are part of my life. ♡ Thanks for this sweet and cheery basket featurung real natural pieces. Smiles, Robin

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. Cardinals are such a lovely bird, both male and female. At one time I had several pairs, but for some reason, their numbers are down this year (might be the goshawk I’ve seen in the woods). 😦
      Your tree sounds so beautiful – did you post a photo of it?

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