Garden Photo of the Day

It’s Christmas Eve!


You guys always seem to come through for me for the holidays, sending me the perfect photos for a post that sings tribute to the occasion. Thanksgiving is, of course, traditionally spend in Irvin and Pauline's garden out in California, while this year Jeff Calton is starting a Christmas tradition (Pressure's on for next year, Jeff!) He's been driving around and asking around, taking a survey of holiday-themed entryways–gardeners do them best! We'll spend both today and tomorrow enjoying what he's come up with. He says, "In driving around town I took notice this year of Christmas doors. They really are a reflection of the family living there and I have enjoyed them all.  Some of these doors are those of client's homes, many are of strangers' homes, but after introducing myself they aren't strangers anymore. Some of these belong to other GPODers who shared photos with me. I would LOVE to find an outhouse with a wreath but those are rare, rare, rare indeed in 2014." Oh I have faith that you will find one before next year, Jeff…. Stay tuned for more holiday decorations from Jeff tomorrow, with some surprise appearances from some talented GPODers….

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Come and meet up at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!

I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!

The RSVPs so far:

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
May Kald (GrannyMay) – tentative
Catherine Campbell (CrannyCC) – tentative
Tia Scarce
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Sheila Schultz
Shirley Graves
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)


So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton?  I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…

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    meander_michaele 12/24/2014

    I enjoyed these immensely, Jeff. My little brain got jolts of idea electricity that I will try to harness for next year. I love the use of natural materials like the twig wreath and placing boughs of conifers and berry laden branches in an outdoor container that would, otherwise, be looking forlorn.

  2. VikkiVA 12/24/2014

    Loved the beautiful entryways all decorated for Christmas. My favorite is the home in Broome with the apples and pineapple over the doorway. Looks like Williamsburg, VA near where I live. Vikki in VA

  3. Cenepk10 12/24/2014

    Loved seeing these. Calton's door gets 1st prize from me ... They're all beautiful !

  4. NCYarden 12/24/2014

    Great idea, Jeff. Wish I could have somehow known earlier (telepathy?). I can now think of a few homes I drove by that would have been great for this gallery, but like Michelle suggested...there's always next year. Thanks for the inspiration and holiday cheer.

  5. GrannyMay 12/24/2014

    Way to go Jeff! Great idea and a lovely tradition!

    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to everyone!

  6. wGardens 12/24/2014

    Fabulous, Jeff! Thank you so much! You rock!

  7. wittyone 12/24/2014

    These are beautiful. What a good idea you had. I love the twiggy wreath, just wish it had been placed against something lighter so that the twigginess would have shown up more.

  8. user-7007327 12/24/2014

    Jeff, thank you for a wonderful Christmas tour. Love the apple and pineapple decoration over the door.

  9. schatzi 12/24/2014

    Beautiful, Jeff. Thank you. I love your berry wreath and holly and berries arrangements. No snow this year, huh. None here either, unless you go to the mountains. Happy holidays to all.

  10. greengenes 12/24/2014

    Great idea for the blog, Jeff! They are all so lovely. Its as if I can smell winter through these pictures. I think you have started something! Hm... I just want to wish all of you a peaceful time during this Christmas and a happy, healthy and hopeful New Year ahead!

  11. GrannyCC 12/24/2014

    Thanks Jeff for a good start to the Christmas Holiday. Merry Christmas to all.We have seen some wonderful garden this year.

  12. greenthumblonde 12/24/2014

    Too late for this year but now I'm inspired for next year. Thanks Jeff.

  13. sheila_schultz 12/24/2014

    As always, Jeff, you know how to make us all smile! Perfect idea.
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season all my GPOD friends. I hope it's filled with good food, lots of love from family and friends... plus a bit of the magic of the season!

  14. foxglove12 12/24/2014

    What a great holiday treat. Thanks for sharing.

  15. perenniallycrazy 12/24/2014

    Think this is the start of a great GPOD holiday tradition. How do you ever come up with great ideas like these Jeff? Wishing everyone the the happiest of holidays surrounded by your favorite people and gardens!

  16. user-7007140 12/25/2014

    Beautiful entries. Wonderful idea for next year. I liked all of them. Thank you Jeff. Have a fabulous Christmas everyone.
    Think "Peace".

  17. Meelianthus 12/25/2014

    WOW Jeff ! and thanks for these lovely views of more happiness at Christmas time, we can never get enough.

  18. susanherrman 12/25/2014

    Love seeing the holiday doors! Thanks for sharing.

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