A Garden Metaphor for Life & Chalkboard Inspiration

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I’ve been in gardening mode and

found plenty of seeds of inspiration during

 Garden Week with The Novel Bakers. . .

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 The garden is a metaphor for life

and also for writing, in this heartfelt post

by Southern author, Michael Lee West.

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The flowers of tomorrow are

in the seeds of today.

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Quote, note to self and

chalkboard inspiration for the door

of my Potting Shed.

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If you need a fun and easy project

for the flowers of tomorrow . . .

Seeds of Inspiration: DIY Seed Gift Envelopes

You can find a tutorial, here,

for gift envelopes DIY seed packets

 to give with seeds from the garden.

Easy to create and customize for a garden club,

luncheon or party favor.

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Happy Planting

the Seeds of Today :)

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  41 comments for “A Garden Metaphor for Life & Chalkboard Inspiration

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    June 5, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Your chalkboard turned out great Mary, love the colors:@)

  2. June 5, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Good morning! Too hot down here for working in the garden but when fall arrives I will be right out there!🌴🌻

  3. June 5, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Your chalkboard door is perfect, Mary! I love the sentiment.

  4. June 5, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Love your garden door vignette!! So beautiful. The whole world could be a more beautiful place if everyone nurtured the seeds they sow. You have such a talent for spreading that beautiful side of life. Thank you!!

  5. June 5, 2014 at 7:31 am

    We just arrived in Maine, and my first visit was to my favorite nursery where there is such an abundance of blooming things. Now, if the weather would clear so I could get them in the dirt!

  6. karen
    June 5, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Absolutely beautiful.. the images, your decor… love it all. You have a gift!

  7. franki
    June 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Take time to smell the flowers!! Luv those double petunias!! franki

  8. June 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Your potted flowers are looking gorgeous, Mary! I love the blue/purple combinations. Your chalkboard skills are excellent! It is so difficult to create a neat and pretty board, but you definitely have the knack and that sentiment is a good one to contemplate in so many aspects of life!! Linda

  9. karen herweck
    June 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hi Mary, Could you please tell me the name of the bright blue flower in the pot sitting on the stone behind the watering can? It’s just gorgeous………. I love it with the purple flowers and since I love purple petunias I would love to try this combination myself. Thanks in advance. Karen Herweck Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:00:42 +0000 To: karenherweck@hotmail.com

  10. June 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for sharing these photos – so pretty, just the thing to see to start off my day!

  11. June 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Thank heavens you are still playing in the dirt, one of my most favorite places on earth…

  12. June 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Lovely, Mary! You and ML did such a good job on the gardening series.
    Every year I plant lobelia, and every year they suddenly die when it gets hot. I read on line they don’t do well in temps above 80. I also read there is a new variety that is heat tolerant, but I haven’t found it yet at the flower farms here. How do yours do when it gets very hot? Have you tried the diamond frost yet, it is light and airy and would look great in your pots, and very heat tolerant. I love that it propagates easily, you can rip pieces from it and stick it in other pots. Have a wonderful weekend, Mary, enjoy the fruits of your labor. I fininshed planting 15 flats, I need about 10 more to complete the job. Never too many flowers.

    • June 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much for the link and update Kathleen. It’s in the 90’s for the next week so my Lobelia will perish (just like me :) I need to find the heat tolerant variety.

  13. June 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Oh Mary, love the saying on the chalkboard – looks great. Thanks so much for the DIY on seed packets. I plant a lot of perennials so always have so many seeds. That would make a great gift to a gardening friend .
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

  14. fairhopesupplyco
    June 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Purple and blue flowers are always so dramatic and pretty!

  15. June 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Such pretty blues and purples!

  16. Rattlebridge Farm
    June 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    The view into your potting shed is magical, and so are your flowers, pots, and chalkboard. In between showers today, I planted flowers in Bandwidth and Will’s scary potager (think Squidbillies meets Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, with a little Hoarders thrown in). Thank you so much for the shout-out. It made my day!

  17. June 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Your chalkboard art looks fabulous Mary! [ I am still waiting for you to try the chalk pens :) ] I just love how you hung the watering can and the garden shears on the door! Michael Lee’s post about being a writer was so insightful, and I know you can relate…the best days are those that we can happily create to our hearts content without interruption. You have style your potting shed in a magical way yet again, just the little peak inside leaves me longing for more!
    Jenna

  18. June 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I visited earlier, then got side tracked chasing links to heat tolerant plants. I’m still trying to find the new impatient that is heat tolerant. …………any…..I’m back to say it’s always, always fun the “shed”. I’m heading to the garden center tomorrow. I have a few more pots that need updating for the summer. Thanks for continued garden inspiration, Mary!

  19. June 6, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Just beautiful Mary! I especially love your chalkboard! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!

  20. Cheryl
    June 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Wow, Mary, that is a gorgeous blackboard! I fact, your whole post is absolutely beautiful…just love it!

  21. June 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Wow, you have such an artistic eye for putting everything together. I assume you chalked the illustrations on chalkboard? That’s some talent!

  22. June 7, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I always love my visit to your potting shed, Mary. What a lovely quote from Michael Lee that you’ve highlighted on your chalk board. You’re both inspirational in my book! xo

  23. June 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Love your door chalkboard and all the trinkets you’ve placed in front of it – so pretty! I’m visiting from the Metamorphosis Monday Party.

  24. June 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Wow, this is just lovely! The chalkboard message is beautiful, and the flowers, pots and vignette is gorgeous! I would love to see this in person…I’ll bet it smells great too :)

  25. Liz
    June 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Always love seeing your potting shed Mary. :)
    SO pretty!

  26. June 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Your chalkboard looks so pretty, Mary, and all your potted flowers are just GORGEOUS!! I have been potting and planting, too; it’s so rewarding isn’t it? I like your seed packet idea and will have to keep that in mind for future events. Thanks for sharing and your pictures are always a delight to look at. Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday — have a great week!

    Hugs,

    Denise

  27. Pat
    June 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Mary,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E your chalkboard door, dear one!!!
    Also, the seed packet DIY is amazing!!!
    Thank you for sharing yor clever creative designs!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  28. June 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I love your chalkboard door and your flowers. You have pretty flower containers and the watering can is wonderful.

  29. June 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I just love your door! I had to send the link to your blog to my friend Susan who is just so wanting a vintage door to put in her garden! I thought yours looked like something she would do. The quote is so nice too!

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  31. June 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Your chalkboard door is just gorgeous !
    And that fabric on your potting bench? How beautiful !
    xxx

  32. June 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    So Beautiful! I love every pot of flowers! The garden shed is utterly charming! The fabric on your potting bench is so lovely with the burlap? swags on your windows. **sigh** Inspiring!

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