Hi there, everyone! Welcome to our Cottage Christmas Porch all decorated with a gardening theme this year! The weather here has been so delightful that we have enjoyed sitting out here quite a bit lately.
You know, you have to take advantage of this beautiful weather when you can which probably explains why I haven't finished the rest of my decorating! But let me show you the porch!
For anyone who is new here, our house is just a small country cottage, but its most wonderful asset is the long screened porch that runs the width of the house. And as you can see, the dominant color that I use on the porch is red. At each end you see some wooden panels that are actually repurposed closet doors. I finally got them all painted this fall.
On this end is the sitting area where we spend a lot of time. Luckily, in South Carolina, we can use a screened porch for so many months out of the year, including Christmas time.
Our Christmas tree on the porch sits on a table, and I used this tomato growing bag as a skirt.
The topper is made up of some vintage tools and a red raffia bow.
I made these ornaments last year from copies of vintage seed catalog artwork.
Here's another one. I just glued the copies onto some scrapbook paper. Super easy to do!
A new ornament this year is this Santa driving a tractor, and in the corner of the photo, you can see a hoe hanging.
Next to the tree is the gardening Santa that hung inside the house last year. See the basket of veggies that he is holding?
I made up a similar basket of artificial veggies and put it down at the other end of the porch!
But the cutest thing on the porch is this gardening Santa that I found this year! I had searched and search online for something like this last year but couldn't find anything. But I was shopping in a local store and spotted this one in November. It was the only one they had and he came home with me!
Look at that sweet face!!!
And the red wagon loaded with Christmas trees came with it!
Henry is snuggled up next to the Christmas truck pillow in one of the chairs.
And in another chair is this seed catalog pillow that I won in a giveaway from Jen at Girl in the Garage. Ok, I got to pick out the pillow, but isn't it just perfect for us?
Next to the rocking chair are Santa's boots with some gardening tools stuffed down inside. Who knew that Santa liked to garden so much???
A healthy garden always has frogs, and you can see that our dancing frogs are ready for Christmas.
One is whispering in the other's ear, "You'd better watch out!"
Around the front door is the grapevine garland that's been up for several years. I tucked a few more of the seed catalog artwork into the garland along with some wheelbarrow ornaments.
A pretty red poinsettia is sitting down inside an old enamelware chamber pot. Don't know what a chamber pot is? Just google it!
Down on one end of the porch is an old window frame. Fresh garland and lighted watering cans are hanging around it.
Here's a closeup of the tiny watering cans. I used them on our Christmas mantel last year.
The table is set for Christmas meal on the porch. Santa arrived in a wheelbarrow instead of a sleigh!
The milk can beside the front door has some artificial greenery tucked down inside along with some real cabbage leaves, from the garden, of course!
And Leo had to sacrifice his old rake this year so I could make this tree with bottle cap ornaments! Hehe!
As you can tell, I really had fun with the gardening theme on our cottage Christmas porch! Lucy doesn't mind a bit! All she's hoping for is a super big bone this year from THE GARDENING SANTA!
Thanks so much for your visit today, and I hope you're savoring the excitement of the coming Christmas!
Pat@ Life At Lydias House
Jane, you have outdone yourself on this one! Your porch decorations are just too cute! Merry Christmas to you and Leo!
Jane, I LOVE your Christmas gardening theme on your porch! The burlap tomato bag is so clever and fun as a tree skirt! Pinning to my Gardener's Christmas board! Henry has the right idea and the perfect spot for a nap 🙂
Love this garden porch theme where ever do you find this neat stuff like vintage seed packets I love them so adorable.Susie
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So many thing to love!...from that amazing tree rake...to those ever so cute red polka dot boots!!!....Love them!....Must be so wonderful to sit out on the porch on a cool evening surrounded by such pretties!!!
Love it all! Merry Christmas!
Love the porch and all your super cute touches! Very clever, wish I had a porch to decorate! Thanks so much!
Love your Christmas Garden Porch - especially the fan rake Christmas tree!! I, like you, get to enjoy my front porch a lot during the year. I have been wanting to change out my curtains to something a little more stationary, so love the idea of shutter doors, but would love to be able to open and close them somehow! I would love to hear any suggestions!! Merry Christmas to you and Leo!!!????
Love, love the gardening theme Christmas porch! How perfect . I always enjoy reading your blog. Merry Christmas from Charlotte, NC!
Your decorations are beautiful!!! You are so creative. The porch is perfect with the red shutters!!
I am always amazed at how you keep coming up with ideas!
This just couldn't be any better! Now I feel the overwhelming urge to decorate my back patio.
I love this porch and the gardening theme is perfect for you and Leo!!! Love your gardening Santa!!! Merry Christmas from Broadway NC
I love it! Every little bit!
Your porch always looks wonderful decorated for the seasons This one was no different with the bottle rush trees in the wagon and the garland vignette around the window.
Love it!! The whole porch is beautiful!!!! (Hope Santa brings Leo a new rake!! Love what you did with the old one!!!) Merry Christmas
Hope Santa brings Leo a new rake. Your porch takes first prize in my book. Just perfect!
So creative and festive, love it .
Jane, the porch looks great. Porch living is one of the bonus of living in the south. The tree is so cute with the nods to the farmers. Merry Christmas! Linda
Such a cute agricultural theme! Love it. Merry Christmas!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
Good Morning Jane. I am swooning as I scroll down your Christmas garden porch decor. Oh my it is all so festive and pretty. Love the pic of the white rocker and your red boots. Just gorgeous. Enjoy these next few days as we head on down to the big day. This time of year goes so quickly.
Nan, Odessa, DE
Lovely! Are your closet doors attached or just propped?
Thanks for sharing.
Nan, the closet doors are screwed into the wood at the top and bottom of the porch. We used to have curtains on the porch, but the closet doors make it seem more like a room.
I have a 10x43 ft porch n thought about this shutter repurpose it n it is gr8 to see this done! I love the red it adds so much character! I wanted to hang these on my south short side in hopes it would shade n keep it a bit cooler. Do you notice a change with that is yours? Thx Kari
Wow the porch looks fabulous. I love the addition of the rake tree and the cute santa. I think the color really is refreshing Jane. I love it. We are all excited for another year at The Crossroads for Christmas Eve. Jean
Thanks Jean! Christmas Eve is always a lot of fun!