You Are As Welcome As The Flowers Of Spring


 I had a little chalkboard door inspiration from

 Beatrix Potter Week with The Novel Bakers. . .


and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life.


“You are as welcome

as the flowers of spring!”


Spring has been slower arriving this year

so blooms on the door are welcome . . .


 Along with the grape hyacinths

in a bunny planter. . .


We’re slowly beginning

to green up. . .


Daffodils are in bloom. . .



And the birds are

beginning to nest. . .


I cut some purple leaf plum blossoms 

to fill some watering cans before they

became scattered like pink confetti. . .



 And bunnies are multiplying!








I hope you are welcoming

spring where you are!


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  35 comments for “You Are As Welcome As The Flowers Of Spring

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    April 16, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Lovin’ your chalkboard drawing Mary! We had a couple 80 degree days over the weekend and everything popped open! Back down to 34 last night… Happy Easter Week:@)

  2. April 16, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I am charmed! We had snow here (Upstate New York) last night — after two days of above 60 degree weather. The ground is covered, but it didn’t stick to the roads……..but still….
    This post is just what I needed. Thank you. Mary!

  3. April 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Great job on the chalkboard drawing! My poor flowers are now covered with snow after having 80 degree weather. Have a good day!

  4. Gail
    April 16, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Everything you do lovely and tasteful

  5. April 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

    These are my favorite type posts of yours, puttering round the garden shed. I love your wide open backdoor pics, this is indeed a garden you can grow into. So many perfect touches. I am sure you are slaving away this week, keep me posted!

  6. Wendy
    April 16, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Your photography is lovely. Thank you for sharing spring!

  7. Cheryl
    April 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Well, your garden shed sure does look wonderful in her new home. She has adapted well and is blossoming beautifully. Always love your posts from there and today’s is no exception…just lovely.

  8. April 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Hi Mary, This is such a lovely and timely quote! My daffodils finally popped this weekend and today they are covered in snow again. All your bunnies look quite content tucked amid the flowers and one seems to be eyeing the grape hyacinths for a little morning munch. I especially love the metal one leaping over the olive bucket and would love to find one of his brothers. Do you know where they might be found? Thank you for these gorgeous pictures. I’m anxious to get outside and start gardening soon. Linda

  9. April 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Still a chilly morning, but your photos of “Spring” is what is to come!💐🌸🌷🌻

  10. franki
    April 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Those purple leafed plum blossoms…wished I could smell them!!! franki

  11. April 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

    What a lovely quote Mary, and your chalkboard art is fabulous! I love the outdoor “room” you created with the chair, table and books~ Your bunny welcome mat is so cute and you have bunnies multiplying everywhere!! Hopefully this is the LAST cold snap and we will all be puttering around our gardens! We planted this weekend, who would have thought it would be 32 this morning! I have enough trouble gardening :) you always make it look so effortless and fun!

  12. April 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Wonderfu; pictures! Freezing here again! Happy Easter! Linda

  13. Carol Wilson
    April 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I really enjoy your beautiful photography. Also, I have made your deviled eggs and bunny trail mix. Yummy! Carol

  14. Marlene sullivan
    April 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I love your blogs. Enjoy reading each one. You usually tell where you can get some of the items you have used. I was wondering where you got your quilt you used in your display. It is beautiful. The flower design with the small squares is so pretty. Thank you for any information and I will look forward to your blogs. Thank you.

    • April 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Thanks so much Marlene! The quilt came from Bed, Bath & Beyond a couple of years ago but I think it’s still available :)

  15. April 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

    My mother-in-law always said, “Your are as welcome as the rain” and that’s what I read as your quote. Funny how our minds work.

  16. April 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Wonderful quote! We have welcomed a chilly spring here, but I like it. The gardens are enjoying the cool weather and things are happy. Your garden shed is always welcoming, Mary. I so enjoy stopping for a visit.
    Happy Easter!

  17. April 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    your potting shed porch dressed for the seasons always gets me excited! lovin each piece, and the bunny doormat is just perfect for Spring!

  18. April 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You’re imagination knows no bounds… I love it when I receive a notice that you just shared another lovely blog post…!

  19. April 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Happy Easter week! I love the chalkboard writing…


  20. Lorraine Beattie
    April 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Here in Ontario we got hit with another 4″ of snow and high winds it was just awful. One day outside raking the grass and no coat the next day snow!!!
    Any way warmer days ahead I am sure of. Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter no matter what the weather is and blessings to you and your loved ones. Mary thanks for the beautiful pictures of your garden shed so warm and inviting. Lorraine

  21. Cynthia Raines
    April 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, thanks for the cheery Spring pictures, they are so lovey and so encouraging! Always love the garden shed blogs. Sunday was 72 and Monday was 27!!! We went through all 4 seasons in a 24 hour period with yesterday lower MI breaking a snow record of 88.2 inches set in 1881. This year we have experienced 94+ inches — enough already!!! Bring on the sun, flowers and gardening! Happy Easter!!

  22. April 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Such beautiful images and inspiration, Mary. I literally felt myself saying, “Ahhh….”. I don’t know when I’ve been happier to see spring arrive. Now if it will just stay warm!

  23. April 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Just adorable!

    – The Tablescaper

  24. April 17, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Mary, your chalkboard skills are great. I just put a big one up in the kitchen! I am going to have to practice as I don’t like my handwriting much!
    Everything looks straight out of a magazine spread as usual. You have the magic touch! What a pretty spot to decorate. I feel as if I walked right into spring here!

  25. creativehomeexpressions
    April 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Very pretty, Mary! I love this chalkboard door. Your flowers and outdoor living space looks wonderful. It was nice enough to sit outside this afternoon here in Ohio. After a freaky snow the other morning, it was nice to be able to do that.

  26. April 18, 2014 at 8:11 am

    My favorite potting shed is all bunnified for Spring and the welcome chalkboard sign is a work of art! Happy Spring, Mary! xo

  27. Elaine
    April 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I always enjoy your blog. Great photography and table settings that are gorgeous! Loved your bunny door mat. Would you share where you purchased it? My grandkids would love it!



    • April 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks Elaine! The door mat came from World Market, Happy Easter :)


  28. April 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful post – everything looks great. We have had a couple of chilly days – 69 & 70, but Easter Sunday it’s suppose to 82, so it’s back and forth.

  29. DD
    April 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I enjoyed seeing all your lovely pics! So many “pretties” to look at while we still have snow on the ground and spring seems so far off!


  30. April 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Gorgeous! I love the cute little wheelbarrow! Great pics :)

  31. Peggy
    April 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm


  32. April 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Slow doesn;t even begin to describe the arrival of spring in central PA. She is being fickle. Thikking I just might have a door to paint. Love it! Lovely setting too.

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