Sitting Pretty and a Just-Picked Garden Bouquet


I filled a new-to-me vintage enamel pitcher with a garden bouquet of azalea, Bridalwreath Spirea and wild daisies.


A happy and care free mix of blooms. . .


And a guaranteed blues-buster with wild, sunny daisies free for the picking.


I picked up a vintage lawn chair for my Potting Shed recently. . .


Sitting pretty with a patina of paint layers and rust, ideal for garden seating or as a plant stand for pots.


I sprayed some clear coat sealer to help preserve the layers of paint on the chair.


Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder :)




Hope you’re enjoying some spring blooms!


Thank you for your visit!

  28 comments for “Sitting Pretty and a Just-Picked Garden Bouquet

  1. Jane
    April 24, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for the lovely photos! Our Spring up north is extremely slow coming this year, and it is a joy to reap the benefits of your beautiful days there right now. Lovely!

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    April 24, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful bouquet. I’m jealous..we have a freeze warning until 9 am today. No Spring flowers yet but lots of buds. Hopefully, my lilac bush won’t get burned or my peonies. 🐝 🌺 Love the pitcher too❤️!

  3. Bonbongirl
    April 24, 2015 at 7:20 am

    The only Spring blooms here in Ohio, are in the store! Looking forward to warmer weather, sunshine and pretty flowers real soon!

  4. Kathi
    April 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    All so pretty and springy. I have that same pitcher, however, mine is a much smaller version. I so remember those metal chairs growing up…especially how cold they were when you sat down with shorts on…unless of course they were out in the sun…then they could burn your legs!!!! Have a great weekend and I look forward to your posts next week. Hugs, Kathi

  5. April 24, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Love. Can’t wait to get out in the landscape this am to see what’s new – we had a frost warning going on last night. Hopefully my azaleas and poppies (about to bloom) are ok – we’re nestled in a micro climate of a brick wall on one side, and the riverbed on the other. Happy weekend.

  6. April 24, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Our temp dipped below 20 last night, so no flowers here. Coming over and seeing your gorgeous blooms gives me hope of Springtime bouquets soon. Your images are truly lovely.

  7. April 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Oh how beautifully you are starting my day with that gorgeous pitcher of flowers and that fabulous chair!!!….Have a most wonderful weekend Mary!….enjoy these wonderful temps!

  8. April 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    So beautiful! I so enjoy your photos. We northerners have to be a bit more patient when taking in gorgeous posts like this!!

  9. April 24, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I’m lovin’ your vintage lawn chair and the pitcher, Mary. What a great idea to preserve the layers of paint by using a clear coat. I’ll bet the pieces at a pretty charm to your potting shed.
    Happy weekend to you!

  10. melissa smith
    April 24, 2015 at 8:36 am


  11. Melissa Leach
    April 24, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I would have never thought to use a clear coat on the chair. Great idea! Love the bouquet. We are so blessed here in NC to have these blooms. I do not take it for granted.

  12. April 24, 2015 at 8:55 am

    How beautiful, Love the pitcher! Have a great weekend! xxx Maria

  13. April 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Thank you for starting my COLD day with these beautiful flowers and GREAT chair! I remember chairs like that on my Grandmothers porch (where I grew up) so it brings back fond memories. I LOVED that porch and being on the metal glider! Your pitcher is great and the arrangement perfect.

  14. April 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

    So simple, so pretty Mary! I appreciate the bright blooms after hearing the morning weather report, it sounds like we’re both in for some stormy weather~I hope it doesn’t wash away all the spring flowers! I love the ingredients you combined in your vintage pitcher recipe!

  15. Lynn Schantz
    April 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Mary, thank you for the beautiful picture of spring, they help warm me up. We had a few snow showers on Wednesday, and frosts yesterday and today. Won’t be in the 70’s for at least a week. I can always count on you for awesome pictures kinda like ” The Calgon ” moment, take me away. Have a blessed weekend.

  16. April 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Beautiful photos — I’m sharing them on my Facebook page today.

  17. franki
    April 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!! I just measured my first tree peony blossom..9 1/2 inches…spring has SPRUNG!! franki

  18. April 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

    What a great find on your vintage lawn chair and the pitcher Mary. You keep adding so many cute things to your potting shed. My friend has the same enamel pitcher and turned it into a bird house by cutting a hold in front.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.

  19. April 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

    These pictures are gorgeous!

  20. April 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Your beautiful posts are like little gifts arriving through my mail box…
    Thank you, Mary!

  21. April 24, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    That is the prettiest pitcher ever! I love old pitchers and yours is just perfect for those stunning flowers! What a sweet post!

  22. April 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Clever idea to perserve the paint layers with a sealer. Your new chair is going to add even more charm to the potting shed. Is that even possible?
    Rainy here again today, but fortunately I finished planting my large urns yesterday. ;-)
    Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  23. April 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, I love your new enamel ware pitcher. It’s a perfect complement to the beautiful flowers. And thanks for that tip to preserve the paint layers with a sealer. I have not thought to do that!

  24. April 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Mary, Two beauties made even better with your lovely flowers! I noticed your chair a few days ago as I always have my eyes open for vintage metal chairs. You were lucky to find one in sturdy condition and it looks wonderful with the clear coat on it to preserve the aged elements. Unfortunately mine were coming apart at the seams and were not safe but yours looks like it could be a great place to sit with some sweet tea or a glass of something yummy. I have been enjoying some time in your scenic NC mountains! So gorgeous! Linda

  25. April 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Everything looks so beautiful! I love browsing your photos!

  26. April 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

    So gorgeous. You sure take amazing photos. I always love coming to your blog for a visit and my fill of eye candy.
    This is just lovely!

  27. May 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Love watching you play :-)

  28. June 2, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Mary, your photography is truly special!

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