A Little Gardening with a Superior Flower Seeds Box


Spring arrives on Friday and I’m ready to plant! I’m waiting until after our frost date of April 15th, so in the meantime I’m in the Potting Shed with a little seed box fun.


I pulled out my vintage Mandeville & King Co. Superior Flower Seeds Box. . .


And added some hyacinth bulbs, blooming with their fragrant promise of spring.


Vintage-inspired seed packets with their colorful graphics, reproduced as postcards, promise blooms from some triple-tested flower seeds, 5 – 10 cents.



And a collection of vintage almanacs and seed catalogs provide a little garden wisdom and planting inspiration.





Stamped spoon and fork plant markers offer gardening encouragement. . .








A wire cloche covers a pot of purple hyacinths, with a bird bath as a pedestal.






Wire Cloche / HomeGoods, several years ago

Birdbath / Target, several years ago

Garden Variety Flower Seed Postcards, Cavallini & Co. / available, here

Mandeville & King Co. Superior Flower Seeds Box, seed catalogs, almanacs / Flea Market, many years ago

Stamped Silver Plant Markers / Etsy


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  20 comments for “A Little Gardening with a Superior Flower Seeds Box

  1. Linda
    March 19, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Lovely, lovely post! The vintage box is incredible. I feel like going antiquing right after breakfast, but I’m sure I won’t find anything so wonderful.

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    March 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

    You are very lucky with a frost date of April 15th. In our neck of the woods, our planting date is after Mother’s Day. I have tried several times to rush that date and was sorry every time. That said, your antique items are wonderful. My favorite flower to grow from seed is Zinnias. Most of them are picture perfect. Oh, can’t wait!!! Have a great day!!!

  3. March 19, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I can tell that you’re excited and ready for your planting date to arrive, Mary! Thanks for sharing your promise of Spring with us.

  4. Kim
    March 19, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Love it all, Mary. What a cute box.

  5. March 19, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Spring is deffinately in the air! I live in Florida and the weather is beautiful! Flower planting time !💐🌴🌞

  6. March 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good thing you keep me busy stealing your pics ;-)

  7. Sandi Allen
    March 19, 2015 at 8:58 am


  8. Melissa
    March 19, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Wow!! Beautiful!

  9. Melodie Strickland
    March 19, 2015 at 11:02 am


    Love your gardening post with the beautiful purple hyacinths!! My husband (Rich) is the one who is the gardener and has planted different colors of hyacinths along with peonies and tulips in our front yard. He also plants a vegetable garden every year in the back yard with corn, squash, tomatoes, green beans. In our area the planting season is after Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, even though spring starts tomorrow in our area, we will get another blast of snow (1-2 inches) which will change to rain later in the day. It should all be gone on Saturday since the temperatures will be in the 60’s.


  10. Kathryn
    March 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    This is such a bounty of Spring. I love all of it!

  11. March 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    How lucky to have your potting shed Mary where you can plant seeds without fear of frost! I am dying to get some blooms going, but I must admit I need to brush up on my garden wisdom :) Love the seed box, and all your vintage seed packets~ I saw a cherry crate at HG the other day and it reminded me of you~LOVE the chicken wire cloche! Thanks for bringing some spring blooms to brighten the day!

  12. March 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Love that box and the purple hyacinths are a GORGEOUS color!! I bought a hyacinth, tete-a-tete and a ranunculus yesterday and have a vignette on my kitchen table that I am sharing tomorrow. The hyacinth smells like a slice of Heaven!!!

  13. March 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Very nice pics on a day before we’re expecting more snow! I love the message flatware and the saying perfect! Must say I did get a whiff of hyacinth at the store the other day and it was very nice-enjoy your pretty flowers Mary:@)

  14. March 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Mary, The first day of Spring is supposed to bring 3-5″ of snow for us so I am enjoying dreaming about planting and looking over all your goodies here! Our birds would love your birdbath and I love the seed tray and the green watering jug. Can’t wait to see what you plant around your shed this year! Linda

  15. March 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I feel as if I am looking through a magnificent seed packet catalog showcasing their most exquisite line of seeds and garden accessories. I so love seeing your amazing vintage seed box with the flowering hyacinths….As the beautiful spoon says ….. BLISS !!!

  16. Amy
    March 20, 2015 at 8:59 am

    It’s snowing here for the first day of spring, so your beautiful displays really brighten my day. The antique book with little bee so sweet. Warm Blessings!~♥Amy

  17. March 20, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Our first day of spring brought rain, lots of rain. We need it, but it kept me from puttering in the garden. Guess that will have to wait till next week when things dry out a bit.

  18. March 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Hit the post button too soon……… wanted to say how pretty this all is. Loving the hyacinths, of course. Mine didn’t do so well this season, but I managed to capture a gorgeous group in a neighbor’s garden. Happy Spring!

  19. March 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Mary, a seed catalog company would be wise to use your photographs! Just stunning! One day If I ever run across a vintage seed box, you’ll hear me all the way to NC!

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