…And A Little Flower


“Just living is not enough. . .


One must have sunshine. . .


Freedom. . .


And a little flower.”


~ Hans Christian Andersen.


A few beautiful books never hurt either :)


Stepping Stones Potting Shed


Stepping Stones Potting Shed1


Wishing you some sunshine

and a little flower!

Stepping Stones Potting Shed3

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  37 comments for “…And A Little Flower

  1. April 15, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Beautiful. A little flower always makes my day brighter. xo Laura

  2. April 15, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Bring on the flowers! Love the Hans Christian Andersen quote and the stepping stones. I have my bags packed and I’m ready to move into your potting shed! ;D ;D ;D

  3. April 15, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Your potting shed truly is inspiration Mary, and the promise that spring will get here… eventually! Enjoy:@)

  4. Cheryl
    April 15, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Always love anything you do at your potting shed. :)

  5. Sybil Phillips
    April 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Where did you find the stepping stones with the quote from Hans Christian Anderson?

    • April 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

      They came from a company that did custom quotes/words on pavers or stones about 15 years ago that is no longer in business :(

  6. Suzi/Pam
    April 15, 2013 at 8:30 am


  7. April 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    What a wonderful quote, and to have it remind you daily with your stepping stones…Oh you make me want to garden today! I love your watering can full of blooms and all the little surprises you tuck in your beautiful photos…
    Have a great day,

  8. April 15, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Lovely, brightens up my day.

  9. April 15, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The stepping stones are wonderful, Mary. I love catching glimpses of your beautiful potting shed.

  10. Paula
    April 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    ~ Mary ~
    Thank you that is lovely, and it
    Brighton my day !

  11. Paula
    April 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

    p.s is that basket on the porch cement? That is so pretty!

    • April 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Paula, yes the basket planter is concrete :)

  12. April 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    It looks like you spent the weekend doing the same thing I did. Your space looks more filled in than mine.

    Love the patina on the green watering can.

  13. April 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Your potting shed is so adorable, I could move right in there. Those stepping stones are the perfect touch. xo

  14. April 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    so adorable, where did you find those, or did you make them? i am smitten with the plum and watercan, twins of course, we just love the same things, ALL THE SAME THINGS! seeing you post is like coming home, i know i will always love whatever you share :-)

  15. April 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    A little flower can brighten the most dismal day…Beautiful post!

  16. Sybil Phillips
    April 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    The stepping stones look like slate. It will be a time-consuming project but do you think (and I know you are creative) that you could print/stencil the wording on and seal it with a heavy duty sealer?

    • April 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      They’re stone slabs that were engraved. You probably could stencil & seal a flat surface stone or slate with a phrase or message :)

  17. April 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Your flowers, words and photos inspire me!


  18. carolyn ericson
    April 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I have always loved that HCA Quote. Your containers are looking very pretty already.

  19. April 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Now, that is just too bad that the company that made the stepping stones is out of business. They would probably receive beaucoup orders after everyone saw your post!

  20. April 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Gosh, Mary, this is so pretty! I can’t wait to get out and get my pots going this week! I get motivated each time I visit you!

  21. April 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I love your potting shed! So much inspiration in this post. I have great hopes for turning our old smokehouse into a picture-pretty shed even though the big generator has to stay there–and it’s the home of our half-lab/half pyrenees.

  22. April 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Your flowers, and containers are beautiful! We are bringing some of our flowers etc. from the old house as they start to bloom. Have a great week, Mary. XO, Pinky

  23. April 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    If you ever take boarders for your little potting shed, I want to be first in line!! I get to swoon whenever I come visit that magical spot. Hugs!!

  24. April 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Splendor in the garden….I do not really know how to describe it, other than magical…the garden steps are fantastic…I love the message from Hans Christian Andersen…so perfect…..and off to order that wonderful garden book!! Hope your day is full of sunshine and lots of flowers!!

  25. April 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Your potting shed is a true celebration of spring, Mary! I love the stepping stones!!

  26. April 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I didn’t even realize it was a shed – I thought it was a house LOL
    Visiting from Common Ground,

  27. April 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hans got that right and you illustrated it perfectly Mary.

  28. April 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    The Colors, the stepping stones, the watering can and not to forget the beautiful flowers….. All Perfect!

  29. April 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

    What a lovely and charming post filled with so much eye candy!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


  30. April 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    As a florist I love placing flowers in rustic and unusual vessels. Great to know that I’m not alone.

  31. April 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    What perfect pavers. I assume you had these made. Such fun to see all the special details of your little potting cottage. It’s more than a shed, you know! ‘-)

  32. April 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Love those stepping stones! and your potting shed is just beautiful.
    Visiting you from Met Monday~Have a beautiful day!

  33. April 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I love your beautiful photos. Your pretty flowers in their various containers look so wonderful and makes me anxious for ours to come to life.
    Mary Alice

  34. April 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oh I love your garden!
    I agree with you, flowers are important…..
    Lovely plantings…

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