Freshly Picked~ A Watering Can Welcome


I picked some blooms and a watering can

hanging from the rafters,

 to fill in welcome . . .


Despite our very wet summer,

the coleus and caladiums have survived

and the hydrangeas are loving the extra water.


No need for watering cans

except for decoration!






“Gardening requires lots of water –

most of it in the form of perspiration.”

 ~Lou Erickson


Perspiration is in abundance here too with the humidity :)

Hope you’re enjoying the last days of summer!


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  34 comments for “Freshly Picked~ A Watering Can Welcome

  1. Sandi Lee
    August 23, 2013 at 6:33 am


  2. August 23, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Very pretty Mary! Yep, summer has returned to Philly too… Happy Weekend:@)

  3. August 23, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Yes the heat is on as a final reminder of summer. You look ready for early fall with the color palette.

  4. Kim
    August 23, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Love the way you hung the watering can. No need for them here either except on the front porch.Wettest summer ever here!

  5. August 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Gorgeous!…..wish we could get some of your rain….My hydrangeas are starting to suffer, the poor things.

  6. August 23, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Ha! You have that right-no need for watering cans except for decoration! And it makes a lovely decoration on your shed’s door!

  7. August 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful! Have a grand weekend.

  8. Franki
    August 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Gosh, that’s so pretty! Just amazing…I use that same, I call it “barn red” paint…we had ours “mixed” from a bed sheet edging I luv’d. Next year I’m going to definitely use your combination of plants since our “places” are similar. franki

  9. Kathi
    August 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Beautiful, Mary. You are the best decorator there is! You are such an inspiration. I L-O-V-E reading your blog and look forward to each one.
    Enjoy your day!
    xoxo, Kathi

  10. Peggy Thal
    August 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    So pretty!!

  11. Cheryl
    August 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Just beautiful Mary. The colors are wonderful with your door and the green trim. Love the quote by Lou Erickson…it’s so true!

  12. August 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Hi Mary, The one nice thing about being back home is that I can explore your blog on the big screen instead of on my phone, and appreciate all the beauty of your pictures (and comment with a real keyboard). Your coleus (is it plural coleii?) are GORGEOUS!! And so is the color of that hydrangea. We are having problems with them here in the northeast this summer–too much rain after the heat wave, and then the damage from last October’s hurricane/blizzard freaky weather. Every time I see your wreath hanger I have a pang of desire, just as when I see those enamel appetizer boats from PB that you use often. Why did I pass up these things? Well, I’m off to explore your old posts and I’m sure I’ll get lost in the links, but I will be happy! Have a nice day and Nellie sends dog kisses to Chloe and Gracie. Linda

  13. August 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

    What a nice welcoming site…nothing prettier than a beautiful bouquet of natures bounty! Love how all the plants echo the colors of your door.

    I turned our sprinklers on yesterday for the FIRST TIME all summer! God has done a great job of keeping the lawns & flowers watered. LOL
    Now it is cooling off a bit~~sending some fall weather your way.

  14. August 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Mary, your arrangement makes a welcoming statement on that gorgeous door. Love the diamond panes. All the caladiums I planted in the beds have now disappeared from the heat. The ones in pots seem to do better.
    I forgot to plant coleus this year. Have you tried the King Kong coleus? It’s large and gorgeous.
    All looks pretty at the lake. ~ Sarah

  15. August 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Oh, how darling, Mary! I planted some white caladiums with white impatiens and asparagus ferns on our porch this summer. They look great because It’s been so cool this summer, but I haven’t posted them. I can’t find the time to blog much lately!

  16. Bonbongirl
    August 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Your Watering Can Welcome is stunning & I hope the rain in the South dries up in time for our visit next month!

  17. August 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    The combination of colors in your watering can arrangement are all beautiful. Love the coleus and hydrangeas together…stunning!

  18. August 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    It sure doesn’t sound like you’ve needed that watering can! Hope you get some beautiful, dry summer days ahead. Love that door and of course your potting shed is my dream cottage!

  19. Debbie
    August 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    So lovely! How did you anchor the plants into the mouth of the can with it tilted?

  20. August 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    That is just adorable Mary, the colors are perfect against your potting shed, and the hanger! Flowers and greens would be great in a watering can anyway but hanging like it is pouring is so much fun! Our rain has stopped, I hope you can get some boating in this weekend!

  21. August 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    aren’t natures colors grand, i love that mix of shades, one of my favorites and so perfect with your brick door. beautiful moment in time with you~

  22. August 24, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Pure sweetness!!! What a clever arrangement. I’m curious, how long did it last? I hope a long time as its sooo pretty!
    Hope your weekend is truly Extraordinary!

  23. August 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    This is so pretty Mary! I love the mix of flowers and the watering can is wonderful!

  24. August 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I echo Pat, the flowers are beautiful and so is the watering can. My caladium and coleus are growing EAUTIFULLY in my pot by the door. Now all I need is a PRETY watering can:)

  25. August 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    whoops, beautifully and pretty……

  26. August 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Mary! Love the early fall look!

  27. August 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    You did it again…another gorgeous decorative creation for the garden shed door…I love the wonderful colors of the season are about to embark upon!..

  28. allison0704
    August 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    What gorgeous colors! Thanks for sharing. Dropping by from Met Monday. Hope you’ll come see my grandson’s playroom.


  29. August 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Such a pretty watering can welcome.

  30. August 27, 2013 at 2:55 am

    the flowers are so beautiful and the colors are amazing…love the shape of th glass in the front door and love the color it has , just so enhanses the flowers…Phyllis

  31. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 27, 2013 at 8:35 am

    How pretty. I love the watering can, such agreat idea. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  32. Pam
    August 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This is lovely idea for a pretty watering can! I love the combination of your plants with the patina of the watering can. Have a great week!


  33. September 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    oh Mary, everything you do is gorgeous, that watering can arrangement is just perfection!!

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