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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Merry Christmas


Looking out the patio door.. during our big snow fall December 10th. 

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a beautiful Christmas weekend with family and friends.

I recently read an article written by Paul Anthony Wallerius. I am going to share some of it in my own words..

In our youth we make Christmas all about what we are going to get. We create our list and never doubt there will be several packages under the tree with our names on them. As we grow older we realize that there isn't much that we want or need and we make the transformation from "getter" to "giver" because it brings us joy.

2021 has been another difficult and quarrelsome year.  

Paul shares a gift suggestion that if given and received would surely bring about more peace on earth and good will toward men.

What could do that?















Thursday, December 16, 2021

Creating an Amaryllis and Narcissus Garden


Creating an Amaryllis and Narcissus Garden 

I decided to try creating an Amaryllis and Narcissus garden to brighten up the months of January and February. I will explain how I created mine and in the next few weeks I hope to share it with you in full bloom.

First I found what I wanted to create my garden in, which is an old bucket with holes already in the bucket. I have an old wash basin  to set the bucket in, so any extra water does not drain on the floor.



 The night before I got my amaryllis out of the package and placed the roots in a wee bit of water. This wakes the sleeping roots.


I added grit to my pot.

Amaryllis do not like to be setting in water. Do not put water on the bulb.

Add your soil.

Plant your Amaryllis 1/3 to 1/4 above the soil.

During the autumn I harvested some moss that was growing on some bricks. I placed the moss on a paper towel and placed it in a plastic bag. This created a little greenhouse. The moss has been growing and doing well.

I used the moss to create an outdoor look around the bulbs.

As my little indoor garden grows, I will share updates. I am in hopes for a BIG pop of color in January.


I have not had luck keeping my amaryllis bulbs year to year, if you have any tips, please share.



Tuesday, December 14, 2021

December Article for the Cameron Chronicle


Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing the article that I wrote for our Village Newspaper, Cameron Chronicle.. "The Little Paper With Personality."


Merry Christmas from The Little Garden That Could

By Carla TePaske of Cameron WI ~ The Little Garden That Could

The garden is sleeping and dreaming of spring.

Us gardeners are also taking a wee little rest before we start to plan our 2022 growing season. For many of us, we still want to work with some green. A perfect way to do that is to create a Christmas wreath.

Christmas wreaths are made by twisting or bending evergreen branches into a large circle which are then decorated with pinecones and a red bow. If you do not think you can make a wreath, try creating an evergreen swag.

You can find different evergreens by shopping online, visiting a local nursery or going out foraging in your backyard.

Cut your evergreen to the length you will want it it hang on your door or wall. Add other artificial branches, berries and pinecones. Use wire to wrap around the stems to secure the branches. Add a bow for the final touch.

Another fun way to keep gardening during the holiday season is to plant amaryllis and narcissus. Create an indoor garden by planting three amaryllis in a large pot. Another idea is to plant narcissus and amaryllis together in a large pot.

The big blooms will make you smile as we wait to start flipping through our seed catalogs.

The Little Garden That Could wishes you a Merry Christmas, may you enjoy time with family and friends.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Joy List Monday


A brave little flower, that I found in the snow.

Joy List Monday

a weekly ritual  ♥

a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

 ♥ the first Christmas greeting in the mailbox

 ♥ candle light

 ♥ Christmas carols streaming through the house

 ♥ homemade butternut squash soup

 ♥ my kitty sitting on my lap


Friday, December 3, 2021

Decorating for Christmas

 This season we are keeping our decorating easier. I use to go all out, with a village, artificial snow, wall hangings and more. As the seasons of my life have changed, my boys leaving the nest, my decorating as changed as well. Simpler, using more nature in my decorating, twinkle lights and candles.

And that is just what we did this weekend.

On Saturday, I decorated the house and did the outside decorating.

On Sunday, the boys came home for the day and we decorated the tree.

We cut two small pine trees during our visit to my parents farm to place in pots. One in front of the chicken coop, the other on our front deck.

I am busy placing red bows on the tree, while the hens investigate my work.

There is nothing  quite like Christmas.

Using nature, candles and twinkle lights, making our Willow Tree Nativity look just right. 



On Sunday we unpacked old memories, while making new ones. 

Miss Penelope posed perfectly under the decorated Christmas Tree.


Happy December my friends.