Thursday, November 15, 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like…


Hold it! Stop! I would never show you Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I was super excited to receive my annual magnolia garlands for the parlor mantle and stair parlor staircase. Gene and Steve of Ambrose Gardens are my source for such lush and lovely garlands.


I love the lushness of magnolia leaves. The upper surface of a southern magnolia leaf is a glossy shade of dark green, but the leaf underside is paler green, often with a coating of fine brown hairs that give it a rusty appearance. The leaves are thick and leathery. Nothing says Southern like yards and yards of magnolia garlands.


I could not wait to get the garlands up and out of the way. Here’s a peek:




Ribbons and lights will adorn the garlands really soon.

I will start decorating this weekend, but you will not see photos until after Thanksgiving. I cannot wait to pull my things from the 3rd floor. I always like to open each bin. It’s like opening presents on Christmas morning. Well? Almost. LOL!

When do you start your Christmas decorating?


Magnolia garlands, y’all!


  1. beautiful--can't wait to see the rest!

  2. Ron, you are such a tease! Those garlands are beautiful, and I can't wait to see them decorated for Christmas! Have a great day! :)

  3. I love using magnolia to decorate, I like the idea of having someone else put it together for you.I know it will be lovely once it is done. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jeff!!

  4. Those are gorgeous. When my daughter got married at Christmas we ordered magnolia leaves in from the south for her wedding. They were gorgeous!

    I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving...or that night- xo Diana

  5. Ron, those garlands are beautiful. I'm hoping to bring some magnolia greens back from our Thanksgiving trip. Can't wait to mix them in!!

  6. I like to start the week after Thanksgiving because usually I am traveling (No! Really?!!) But this year I am here so maybe the day after :)

  7. Hoping you will decorate my house Thanksgiving night.

  8. LOVE your magnolia garland! I'd love to have a long staircase, like yours to drape with garland, but since mine is short, I just put a "clump" of greenery on the newel post. :) I'll put up some branches around the house or in vases for Thanksgiving, and then add/replace more to the mantel, along with cedar, nandina, other evergreens, just before our Christmas party on the first.
    I'm wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I can't wait to see the rest of your decorations.

  9. Where of where did you find that grand turkey in front of your fireplace? Love!


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