Gardening Rules

I’m Yearning for Spring & reading about Gardening. . .

Well~ more accurately, dreaming through pictures. . .

   Introducing a little Garden Style to the Porch. . .

Quenching my Thirst for Flowers. . .

Making plans. . .



Keeping the rules in mind for optimum planting results~


Waiting for the frost dangers to pass. . .

. . . anxiously awaiting the Bloom!

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  69 comments for “Gardening Rules

  1. March 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Mary, you’ve done it again! Your posts are always so fresh and alive! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and inspiration!

  2. March 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    girl you knew your twin would adore this~ i am so eager for sunny days here, but now i am pulled to the sea and torn BETWEEN SO MUCH FUN! love love love your pics, such a picture perfect moment to soak in all the joy~

    you need to read winter bloom, perfect year round~

  3. March 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful Mary. I love that bench.
    I am yearning for Spring and “they” are forecasting snow!!

  4. March 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    What a wonderfully special little corner you’ve created to sit & dream about some warmer weather! Your chippy goodness looks fantastic with your collection of tin watering cans & those little smiling faces of the viola bring the perfect touch of color.
    Beautifully done, as always.

    Oh & don’t let me forget that awesome pillow!!!!! TOO COOL!!!!

  5. March 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Your photos are beautiful. I am with you, I am yearning for spring. It seems to be taking a long time where I live. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  6. March 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I LOVE your photos! Every single element captured my attention, but the two that really stand out are the fabulous pillow and the tiered tray. I adore all the chippiness you surrounded yourself with and am jealous!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Pat
    March 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Very nice photography, I like the angles of your shots. My favorite is the chair with books and nest.


  8. March 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Loving these photos! I just have one question – where did you get that chair? I would love to have one – or better yet make one! Sandi

  9. March 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Oh I just love this. I want to sit there and just take it all in and enjoy. This is truly stunning and your pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. March 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Just a beautiful post!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. March 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Oh, this post makes my heart sing. Love that sweet sitting area. What a fun setting in which to sit and plan your spring garden. I’ve already been out planting and things are looking much improved. Spring is definitely here. The sunny warm days last week brought on a burst of color this week, even though the temps are back in the 50-60 range. Certainly hope we don’t get another freeze. ;-)
    ~ Sarah
    PS That pillow is pretty fabulous!

  12. Pondside
    March 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    What beautiful images. Today I went into a garden shop and spent a little time dreaming. Isn’t it fun!?

  13. March 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I love that little sitting area…it makes me want to curl up there with a good book and some iced tea.

  14. Cindy
    March 29, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Beautiful as always! May I ask where you got the FABulous pillow?

  15. March 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Hi, thanks for everyone’s kind comments! I found the pillow at Home Goods about a month ago :-)

  16. March 29, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I repeat you have such pretty things..:) And put everything together so well.

  17. Pat
    March 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I agree, Mary! Where is Spring? It is just above freezing here today and I’m still wearing fleece. Loved all your wonderful vignettes! When I get your blog posts in my e-mail I smile.

  18. March 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful.. such lovely reminders of spring

  19. March 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I love the idea of serving a drink with a pansey on top…it looks so pretty!

  20. March 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Simply lovely! All of that is on a boat? Fantastic! Whatever the case I love every bit of it!!

  21. March 30, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Sure looks like spring over here! Gorgeous Mary!!

  22. March 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Everything in this post is so artfully done!! I especially like the viola in the lemon water…what a treat. All the way around.

    thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.
    My Wednesday Link:

    Laguna Madre

  23. March 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Mary, this is just gorgeous and could be in a magazine. Visiting from Marty’s feature! ♥Olive

  24. March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I am also yearning for spring!

    It’s still a month or so away here, but I can feel it coming…..

    Lovely photos, as always…

  25. March 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    The perfect place for peace and pondering :o) Goodness! These are gorgeous photos! They look like they are straight from a magazine! I love the details, love the bench, love the pillow!!! Love it!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    You are so so sweet! Thank you for your lovely comment and I appreciate you visiting my “young sweethearts” post :o)

  26. March 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Everything here SURE is pretty!

  27. March 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    This is just gorgeous!! I saw it on Marty’s board, but I have had a dickens of a time getting to blogs lately. Having huge computer issues. Finally got here tonight.

    I love it all, especially the candlesticks made out of the spindles. I want to flatter you by imitation.

    I wish I could figure out how to follow on wordpress. I don’t “get” the subscribe thing. I’m a doofus.

  28. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Just beautiful Mary! Gorgeous pics and oh how I envy your light! Happy spring:@)

  29. March 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Mary, your porch and your tablescape look absolutely adorable! Great job! I am wildly in love with your pillow, too.


    Sheila :-)

  30. March 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    What can I say? Your posts are on my must see, never miss, read again and yet again, strive to learn from, list of blogs. You never cease to amaze me with your style and your stuff! : )

  31. March 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Beautiful, just my style. And I always love seeing that bench.
    I am yearning for Spring and we might have snow on Friday!!

  32. JDaniel4's Mom
    March 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    What a wonderful place to sit and think about gardening!

  33. March 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Mary, you have the eye of an artist…gorgeous table. The watering cans…love them…

  34. March 31, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Mary , you know I love your style .These photos are so natural …I adore the colors of this Garden post ! Thank you for your visits ! Your encouraging comments mean a lot to me !

  35. March 31, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I would fall asleep reading and dreaming of lovely blooms in that marvelous chair, and not get up until someone called me to come to the table to eat dinner…note: I would not have been the one to prepare that dinner. Cherry Kay

  36. March 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Incredibly beautiful pictures! Your displays are wonderful.

  37. March 31, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Hi Mary…

    Ohhh my…what a beautiful and inspiring place to dream and plan for your garden, my friend! I am just mesmerized by each and every little detail…sooo perfect! From that lovely wooden bench…the lovely cushions…right down to all those galvanized beauties sitting in that tray!!! Ahhh!!! Yes, I could spend some long, leisurely hours out on your beautiful porch! Thank you for sharing it with us today…this was such a treat! This really should be in a Romantic Home magazine!!!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  38. La
    March 31, 2011 at 7:59 am

    WOW! That first photo took my breath away. What a gorgeous piece of heaven. Stunning.

  39. March 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I love love love this porch! please don’t shoot if you come home and find me sleeping out there or having a sip of that lemonade and reading a book! It sure looks like a nice spring day to me! Just lovely….

  40. March 31, 2011 at 9:27 am

    FabulousitY and DreamYness!!!!

  41. March 31, 2011 at 10:21 am

    A truly inspiring post! I cannot take my eyes off of the pillow. That is one fabulous piece.. well the violas are perfect too! In the burlap.. I love every detail. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  42. March 31, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I love your special little corner! What a clever post! Thank you for sharing….
    Blessings My Friend,

  43. March 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Straight out of Veranda magazine – or it should be. Wow, I am blown away. I am going to have to save a copy of this for inspiration. This is just gorgeous. I love your pillow. I had a table topper that is similar, now I want to have pillows. It goes so well with your beautiful aged bench. I just want to come and relax and enjoy the books with you.

  44. March 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    What stunning photos! I adore violas and pansies, and you show them off so beautifully! Your photos are ready for a magazine!

  45. March 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I am always so inspired by your posts. This is lovely.

  46. March 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    So much yummy eye candy – I just got a “Spring Is Coming” fix from all your images…..sending thanks from snow covered northern Wisconsin.

  47. March 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    So pretty and soothing….I can just hear the waves slapping gently against the shoreline. So calming………….!

  48. March 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    divine photos..

    way to go.

  49. March 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    This all looks very inviting!


  50. Amy
    March 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    These pictures are fabulous. Every detail is perfection.


  51. March 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    yearn is the perfect word! Your gorgeous photos have me yearning even more! Oh, Spring, do come SOON!

  52. March 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I thank you so much for this delightful glimpse of spring. I am unable to get out there just not. I am enjoying your salute to gardening. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Ginger

  53. March 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Coming over from Feathered Nesst Friday! Everything about this post is so pretty to me! Would love to have you link this to my garden party i host on Thursday’s……xoox, Tracie

  54. March 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    What an entertaining post……loved strolling through and lingering over your photographs with are brilliant!

  55. March 31, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    What a delightful spot you have made on your Porch for dreaming and relaxing… I’ll be right over *winks*… Spring Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

  56. April 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

    The only thing that comes to mind is one word. BREATHTAKING. I want to come do my gardening at your house.

  57. April 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, you really have way with putting things together!

  58. April 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! You certainly have me yearning for spring as well. I just love those candelabras.

  59. April 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    This is such a gorgeous post- I love the faded silvery grey and your darling pillow. Your tablescape is just beautiful too -thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  60. April 2, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Spring at last, off to browse the gardening books, beautiful photos and inspiration as always.

  61. April 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Oh spring! It’s taking forever for spring to arrive, huh? You definitely look like you’re prepared for it any day now :) Loving the pretty blossoms you have in your photos.

  62. April 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Lovely post for the eyes! I love everything you’ve put together here from the pillow to the pansies :)

  63. Julie
    April 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Lovely! You have a real gift for photography- every one of your pictures is so vibrant and interesting! Of course, it helps that your things are beautiful too! I adore that chair and the mossy candlesticks, and of course, the pillow! Posts like these really make me want to slap myself for neglecting our patio so badly. Time to invest in / create some cute patio decor!

  64. April 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I love your style girl. I could happily take all those lovely pieces home and make them fit right in.

    You have such a fun way of doing things.

    As always, you are just a joy to visit.

    Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday!


  65. September 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I was just led to this post from your one of today and am just crazy about this lovely outdoor setting. I have now signed up to be emailed anytime you write something new (or think something new, or even cough, ahem), because I missed this post initially. Gorgeous!

  66. July 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Love this post! The mix of delicate flowers, burlap, white-washed candle sticks and furniture creates a relaxing and country look that makes me want to be sitting there right now! Love it. ~CJ

  67. Theresa
    March 18, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Is there a pattern for the swing and table or is it sold anywhere.. They are a definite must have!!

    • March 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

      It’s by Uwharrie Chair Co.


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