If I had the means, (think several hundred dollars) I would definitely buy this charming birdbath. It is one of the many holiday temptations at my favorite local garden center.

When my creative reservoir is low, I come here for a jump start. This place (I chose not to name it, lest you think I am giving it a plug, but feel free ask me for details if you wish) will soon close  until spring, but just before the holidays, it’s always bursting with flamboyant evergreen arrangements, cool ornaments and other intriguing stuff – like the birdbath.

DSCN0062At the entrance to one of the greenhouses, there is a mantle with a pine cone wreath and other assorted embellishments.

There are several themed trees. This one is all about birds. I bought the large bird in the center for 75 percent off. It came to less than $3!

DSCN0071They’ve been big on owl ornaments for the past couple of years. I thought this display was particularly cute, and yes, there are a few little owls perched on our own Christmas tree.


This small terrarium arrangement was hanging in a window.


There weren’t many customers on Christmas eve. As always, I felt sorry for the unsold trees. Destined for glory, but turned into mulch. These urns were pretty in the fading December light, though.



About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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2 Responses to Inspiration

  1. cj wright says:

    Do you know what kind of fern that is in the little terrarium, dn? Your local garden center reminds me of one near me. I think it’s fine to name the places we love. Word of mouth and all that.
    Happy New Year!


    • dirtynailz says:

      CJ, I don’t think that’s a fern. It looks to me like someone stuck a cedar branch in there. A boston fern or a button fern would work in a terrarium, though, and I have a small maidenhair fern in the terrarium I made for my desk at the office. The name of this garden center is “The Farmer’s Daughter.”

      Happy New Year to you, too!


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