The Bees Knees: Summertime Sipping and Giveaway!


In celebration of Bee Season, Garden Bouquets and Summertime Sipping, I have a giveaway for your summer entertaining!


And I’m serving this giveaway with a recipe for refreshing beverage for summer! This Summer Peach Tea Punch recipe can also *bee* easily adjusted and mixed as a cocktail for a party or summer soirée.


  A summery twist on an Arnold Palmer, Summer Peach Tea Punch is refreshing and ideal for serving for a bridal or baby shower.


Summer Peach Tea Punch, recipe courtesy Southern Living

Makes 1 gallon


3 family-size tea bags
2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
Garnish: fresh peach slices, mint, and/ or lemons



Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
Discard tea bags and mint. Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving.


To make a cocktail version of this punch, add a combination of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Peach Schnapps or Firefly Peach Tea Flavored Vodka.  A general guideline for mixing a cocktail punch is 1 part alcohol to 3 parts mixer, but use the ratio you prefer for your crowd. You can find a printable recipe, here.


For your summer entertaining, I’m giving away a Pfaltzgraff Ribbed Glass Beverage Dispenser with Metal Stand, 4 Quattro Stagioni Canning Jars and a Mary Lake-Thompson flour sack towel with Bee Skep design, to one winner.


The beehive styled glass base of the beverage dispenser adds a seasonal touch to your table, buffet, or garden setting! It’s elevated on a metal stand so your guests can serve themselves and it holds 2-1/2 gallons of your favorite beverage~ lemonade, tea, punch, or sangria!


I’m a bee and jar lover so these Italian Quattro Stagioni Canning Jars have double the appeal! The 17 ounce jars come in a pack of 4 with lids and are designed for canning. I’ve had a set I’ve used for a couple of years at the table with flowers and for sipping. I picked up another set to give away when I was buzzing around HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago.


 I love the embossed bee skep design, bees and butterflies on the jars, ideal for a just-picked bouquet from the garden!


I used to sell Mary Lake-Thompson products when I had a retail shop and love her flour sack towels with the adorable art work and designs.


For a chance to win and *Bee* entered in this giveaway, tell me your favorite summer beverage and/or garden flower.


Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry. Subscribe by email or follow on Facebook and let me know by comment.


For a third entry, share this giveaway on Facebook and leave an additional comment telling me so.


This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. and is in no way endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.


A winner will be chosen July 29th.


This giveaway is now closed.


Thank you for your visit!

  322 comments for “The Bees Knees: Summertime Sipping and Giveaway!

  1. gloryj
    July 15, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I’m not sure if my favorite flower is late spring or early summer but it is definitely the Peony. Every year I wait for those beautiful blooms and heavenly scent. What could say time for warmth more so than that gorgeous flower?

    • July 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      my favorite umber flower is the amazing pale blue plumbago……….gorgeous pale blue flowers with a graceful draping habit. Wonderful with lemoncello petunias and white alyssum.

  2. Nena
    July 15, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Peony is my favorite flower too.

  3. DianeP
    July 15, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Favorite summer beverage is sweet blackberry or mango tea. Geraniums are my favorite flower. I subscribe my email. Love your blog!!

  4. Lynn r
    July 15, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Favorite flower is hollyhocks

  5. Lynn r
    July 15, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I am an email subscriber also thanks!

  6. Sandy Herrin-Swindall
    July 15, 2015 at 6:21 am

    My favorite flower is hydrangea which always bring back memories to me of my grandmother who loved them (amd my grandfather who would sit on the porch swing and spit out his tobacco juice onto them, thus raising the ire of my grandmother!) I used hydrangea in my daugters’weddings and now, having just retired from twenty-five years of teaching, I get to enjoy gardening and these lovely flowers even more!)

  7. July 15, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Zinnia’s and Mimosa’s flavored with Almond Extract. I have been following you through email and facebook for quite some time now Mary. I am about to move to a house with a pond view and guess what, it has a Garden Shed!! I am so excited. This Giveaway would certainly make a great addition to the Garden Shed and the late summer house warming gathering I am planning! Thank You!

  8. Becky Reavis-Ring
    July 15, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Sweet tea with lemon is my favorite drink and I’m loving my black eyed Susan’s right now. I love your posts and I’m an email subscriber. Thanks.

  9. Ann
    July 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

    My favorite drink is water. It has to be because I can no longer have the sweet tea I miss so much. Sometimes I just have the unsweetened tea and pretend it is the sweet tea of my youth. The recipe for the peach tea has made my mouth water!!! I may have to make some anyway just so I can smell it and have a tiny sip. I loved the presentation in the bee hive shaped dispenser with the lemons and surrounded by peaches. This is summer at its most nostalgic and best!
    And whatever flower a bee kisses is my favorite flower!

  10. Cheryl Burgess
    July 15, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Peonies for me too! The house I grew up in (built in 1865), had white ones that grew in the back yard. They were huge doubles, with pink centers. My mother said they were there when she married my father, and my father said they were there when my grandparents bought the house! When my parents passed away, and we had to sell the house, I dug up the peonies, and transplanted them in my yard. I didn’t think they would make it, since it was early Nov. They have bloomed every year for the past 13 years. They smell like a bit of heaven, and remind me of home.
    Favorite drink is ice tea. I have always had it year round. I just love it.

  11. Lynne Meisch
    July 15, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I love hydrangeas! Then again, any flower is beautiful.

  12. Linda
    July 15, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I really like a white sangria on a summer evening. I’m enjoying my cone flowers this year…I have several varieties. The bees and butterflies are liking them too. I planted more of them this time because of the decrease in bee and butterfly populations. So enjoy your blog.

  13. Helen
    July 15, 2015 at 6:59 am

    My favorite flower has always been lilacs….just love the smell, and welcoming in of springtime.
    Love love ice coffee, black, with some honey for a touch of sweetness!

  14. Ellen Stillabower
    July 15, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Hi Mary, my favorite summer drink is my Raspberry Ice Tea. Since the tea is pretty pricey, I only make it for my Garden Club and favorite summer flower is Red Zinnias. I plant lots..I love your display with the honey jars and the woven bee hives and those beautiful towels. I have one of those woven hives but I’m thinking of painting it red because it’s starting to look bad from being outside. I subscribe by email and Facebook..and look forward to your post everyday! Thanks for the give-a-way..can’t wait!!😎😎🌹🌹🍹🍹🐝🐝

  15. Cyndy Hall
    July 15, 2015 at 7:03 am

    My favorite flowers are pansies. Here in the Midwest they herald Spring and all of its Glory.
    My favorite summer drink is sun tea, poured over cracked ice with a slice of lime

  16. July 15, 2015 at 7:03 am

    First of all Mary, what a generous giveaway! I love the vintage serving cart. Isn’t it perfect in front of the potting shed?
    My favorite summertime drink is iced tea, and I love trying different flavors. I can’t choose a flower! They’re all so pretty in their own way, and especially mixed together.
    I’m already a subscriber, Mary. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  17. Pam
    July 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

    My favorite flower is planted every year in a very small back yard- I fill the whole corner with purple cosmos (Color Purple). When I start to feel sorry for myself living in the smallest house in America I put a chair in the back and am totally mesmerized by Gods beauty, leaving me to feel quite guilty for not appreciating all that I have. So, Cosmos is Gods way of reminding me eh.

  18. Ellen Stillabower
    July 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I just shared it on Facebook!! Have a Beeeutiful day..🐝🐝🐝

  19. Patty
    July 15, 2015 at 7:18 am

    There’s nothing better to beat the Houston heat than white wine sangria! I prefer it not too sweet, filled with fruit, and served ice cold with wonderful friends.🌞

  20. Mary
    July 15, 2015 at 7:19 am

    My favorite summer flower is the Black- eyed Susan or Rudbeckia. The bright yellow flowers with dark centers just say summer to me. They do well in hot, dry summers and look great in my wildflower bouquets with Queen Anne’s Lace, and Purple Clover. I used to gather these bouquets as a child in the fields near my house in the country and
    give them to my grandma. These bouquets were always well received by my grandma who would put them in a
    Mason jar vase on the kitchen table for all to enjoy!

  21. Sue
    July 15, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Hi Mary, My favorite flower… I can’t decide!! There are so many. Lilacs remind me of my childhood home, peonies are glorious, roses are beautiful but I think the carnation wins!! They last so long in a vase and are just so simple and pure to me. I subscribe by email to your posts and look forward to them. Thanks so much for bringing your sunshine. PS Love, love, love your pups. Have a great day

  22. Ruth
    July 15, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I have Casa Blanca lilies blooming now at my kitchen door. The fragrance is wonderful!
    I love your use of the bee skeps and Italian canning jars with the flour sack towels – beautiful!

  23. Jennifer
    July 15, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I follow you by email and I did share this on Facebook. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!! I really like the Ms Huff lantana.

  24. July 15, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Your giveaway is indeed the “bees knees,” Mary! Perfect things for summer entertaining and you have given me some terrific ideas for a ladies party I am hosting next month~the peach tea is going to be perfect to serve along with a little optional Firefly on the side :) I haven’t tried the peach flavored Firefly sweet tea, which do you like better? Serving in jars is brilliant for summertime too, and those straws are adorable! A party I was worried about hosting yesterday is magically coming together now thanks to your timely ideas!

  25. Cathy Jinkerson
    July 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

    My favorite summer flower is a hydrangea! When I open my email and see one of your lovely posts, I know it’s going to be a beautiful start to my day! Thanks for sharing your passion!

  26. Carolyn
    July 15, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Hydrangeas and Sangria are definitely my favorites!!
    Love your blog

  27. maureen
    July 15, 2015 at 7:35 am

    How wonderful of you to offer this giveaway! My favorite summer drink is raspberry flavored vodka mixed with lemonade over ice. Refreshing! Favorite summer flower is the hydrangea. My garden is full of these in all colors.

  28. Cheryl
    July 15, 2015 at 7:36 am

    My favorite summertime drink is iced tea. My favorite summertime flowers are Queen Anne’s lace and black eyed Susan’s for wild flowers and hydrangeas for garden flowers.

  29. Angela Carrera
    July 15, 2015 at 7:36 am

    my favorite drink? hmmmm, well I might have to try this recipe. I love anything peachy!!! and I have blue hydrangeas growing on the side of my deck, so I have to say those are my favorites, although I am also growing moonflowers, and once they bloom, the fragrance is delightful!!!! thank you for entering me into this giveaway, I love everything about it!!! Angela, from NJ

  30. Cheryl
    July 15, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Liked and shared on Facebook!

  31. July 15, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Love this Giveaway and always excited to see your updates show up in my email account. I also like to decorate and my favorite summer flower is the sunflower by all means. Just shared this on my FB page so others can be aware…please enter me in this giveaway. Happy summer to you!

  32. denise
    July 15, 2015 at 7:48 am

    You are inspirational! I have had a Bee party before…served a lot of honey foods, including a honey vodka spiked lemonade. I love the clematis etoile violette…it does well here in Texas and is uncommon for our area. What is the source for the cute flowered straws? Thanks for the daily oohs and aahs.

    • July 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Denise! I found the straws at HomeGoods :)


  33. Susie
    July 15, 2015 at 7:49 am

    What a wonderful treat! I’m a good ole’ Southern girl, so I love my Sweet Tea. Whatever flower is in front of me is my favorite LOL, but I am partial to me Lily of the Valley.

  34. Melinda Lee
    July 15, 2015 at 7:50 am

    There are so many beautiful flowers of Summer! I do enjoy hydrangeas because they are stunning in the garden and add color and dimension to a cut arrangement.

  35. mary
    July 15, 2015 at 7:51 am

    My favorite summer flower is the hydrangea. I love to enjoy a blue Margarita to mark “official summer.” Your emails always make me smile!

  36. Melanie Harris
    July 15, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Sunflowers, coneflowers, hydrangeas, roses, peonies. I love them all. Lemonadeis a favorite this time of year. I also subscribe to your daily posts. Hope you are staying cool. It is hot out there.

  37. Terri
    July 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

    My favorite flower is the Peony. I love looking at my garden with a glass of sweet tea and I’m from Ohio!

  38. Laura Dennison
    July 15, 2015 at 8:07 am

    We moved recently and don’t have landscaping or a garden yet. But one of my favorite flowers has always been Queen Anne’s Lace and we have that in abundance here in Kentucky. It reminds me of visiting my grandparents in Tennessee when I was growing up. But I will be planting cone flowers, bee balm, milkweed, and blazing star for the butterflies. My favorite summer beverage is sangria. I subscribe to your daily posts.

  39. Bren Allen
    July 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Morning glories are my favorite summer flower- i love how their happy blooms greet me each day, twining up my garden gate and fence, their faces lifted up in glorious joy! I am a grateful subscriber, and will share this generous giveaway on FB! Blessings- Bren

  40. Ann
    July 15, 2015 at 8:13 am

    My favorite flower is a gardenia, I love the way they smell! My favorite drink is ice tea! I also follow you on pinterest and receive your emails.

  41. Susan Scott
    July 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Absolutely lovely. The look of Summer. Favorite flowers hydrangea and roses and gardinias oh my. A white wine spritzer in a lovely garden setting, what could “bee” more perfect.

  42. Brantly
    July 15, 2015 at 8:17 am

    My favorite drink is peach flavored water. My favorite flower is a hydrangea!

  43. Karen
    July 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

    My favorite summer drink is green tea spritzer. I love all flowers but one of my faves is coneflower. I enjoy your blog so much. It is inspirational.

  44. Vicky
    July 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! Very generous of you and I appreciate the chance to join in. I have several favorites in the world of flowers. I love the fragrance of Confederate jasmine and magnolia in June. For sheer beauty I love my Stargazer and Casa Blanca lilies. I’ve been a subscriber since I found your blog two years ago.

    • Vicky
      July 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Oh yes, my favorite drink would have to be a tall glass of good old fashioned lemonade. No frills, just lemonade!

  45. katwell321
    July 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Good morning! I love starting my mornings with your emails. My favorite summer flower is the hydrangea – I remember my grandmother putting pennies in the soil to make the beautiful purple-blue colors. My favorite summer drink is Sangria – any type. It is so refreshing and I love it’s versatility.

  46. July 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thank you so much for all of your lovely posts/creative ideas. I look forward to seeing them nearly every day. These are usually the first things I open in my email in the mornings. Hydrangeas and lily-of-the-Nile are without a doubt my very favorite late spring/summer flowers. Our intense heat here has shut them down for now, but they were blooming non-stop beginning in May. Decaf green tea would be my favorite summer drink…think I’ll add some fresh peaches to that….(sharing on FB)

  47. Barbie Z.
    July 15, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Love, love, love Larkspur, so much so, my camp name was lark! Summer drink of choice, naturally ice tea with lemon and fresh mint with a touch of honey. I don’t remember a time when ice tea was not served. My grandmother had little crochet glass covers and long handled glass spoons. We would all sit under the big olk tree in the side yard with our ice tea and German deep butter cake and my father would share the time when he bent this enormous tree over to the ground.

  48. Becky C.
    July 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

    What a great post! This makes me want to go out and putter in my garden. My favorite flower is nasturtiums – I love to put them in my salads. I love a lemonade with fresh mint in it! And, I’m a subscriber.

  49. Brenda
    July 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I know many gardeners hate them, but my favorite flower is the morning glory. It’s nostalgic to me and brings back memories of my grandmother’s garden. And her fussing about the morning glory vines. ;o)

  50. sharon donley
    July 15, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Choosing a favorite flower is so difficult. It seems as though which ever flower has just burst into bloom is my favorite of the day , or month. However the one flower that stays with me throughout the summer is lavender. It is one of the most versatile flower with so many uses. I cut them to put in a small vase, or make lavender wands and sachets to give to friends. Lavender butter goes great with freshly baked Lemon lavender bread, while sipping a tall glass of iced Lavender Lemonade on the patio on a lazy afternoon. I subscribe to your daily posts by email and facebook, and have recently turned some of my friends onto your website for so much inspiration. I grew up and live in York, Pennsylvania which was the home of the original Pfaltzgraff factory and awesome seconds store. I started visiting the seconds store when I was about 18, searching for through wooden crates to find an almost perfect pieces to begin filling my hope chest in preparation for “setting up a home”. I started with the Yorktowne pattern and it is still one of my favorites. Have a blessed day!
    I also just shared this giveaway on facebook

    • donley1214
      July 15, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Sad to say the company was bought and moved from York.

  51. Lisa
    July 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    My favorite flower is hollyhocks, because they remind me of my grandmother’s garden.

  52. Nancy
    July 15, 2015 at 8:48 am

    My favorite flower is the oak leaf hydrangea. When they are in full bloom they are so strikingly beautiful! As they fade they turn the most beautiful pink tone.

  53. July 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Great post, and I especially loved the pictures! My favorite flower lately is bee balm :)

  54. Suzanne Doerhoff Nixon
    July 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hydrate me with hydrangeas & sweet tea! I love gardening & decorating, (and dishies!!!!), and I love your blog, (and your dishie shed too)!!

  55. Mary
    July 15, 2015 at 9:04 am

    My favorite flower is Snapdragon. They are beautiful sturdy blooms always adding a pop of color. I enjoy having a glass of Sangria during the summer and liked your recent sangria recipe. I enjoy viewing your posts via email. Your posts are always awesome with wonderful ideas and fantastic photography.

  56. Shelley Trunnell
    July 15, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Sipping a strawberry mojito while looking at my Mandevilla vines is a fantastic way to relax. Thanks for all the beautiful images. I look forward to my emails telling when you have a new post.

  57. R. Dickinson
    July 15, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for the recipe! My favorite summer drink is beer! There, I said it! :)

  58. Carol Bartlow
    July 15, 2015 at 9:06 am

    My favorite flower is the Hydrangea. When we lived in Oregon, we were surrounded by them. Now we live in the Boise, Idaho area and I only have one bush that has survived, so it is very precious to me. I learned how to bring them in as cut flowers from your blog and am anxiously awating my bush to blossom so that I can try it out. Thanks.

    I am also a email subscriber.

  59. ChrisR
    July 15, 2015 at 9:06 am

    The giveaway is just lovely !

    My dad was a beekeeper and have always loved anything “bee-utiful’

    Favorite flower:
    Casa Blanca Lily.
    The fragrance at night — intoxicating

    Favorite beverage:
    ‘Pink lady’ from the OldePink House in Savannah
    Pink lemonade, raspberry vodka in a sugar coated rim glass with a lemon slice , a sprig of mint and a skewer of raspberries!
    Yum — Summer!!

  60. Catherine Montalvo
    July 15, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hydrangeas, of ALL colors, of course! Perfect for any setting. And as for my “favorite beverage” it would have to be SANGRIA! So many options and lots of long lingering summertime evenings to enjoy sipping on the fruited drink!

  61. July 15, 2015 at 9:11 am

    First of all, the beautiful space you created is over the top gorgeous. You are truly a magnificent stylist. Just amazing…You never cease to amaze me!…oh and that Pfaltzgraff beverage container is my favorite. i have not seen the collection of Mary Lake Thompson around here…the tea towel is beautiful and so perfect for summer…A great giveaway….so, my favorite summer flower is the hydrangea of all types and favorite drink is anything citrus!!..Non-alcoholic or alcoholic!! Great giveaway!

  62. Sherlie Magaret
    July 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

    My fav drink this summer is iced green tea mixed with guava juice and a bit of honey or agave syrup or even JD Tennessee Honey . My most favorite summer flower is the sunflower. Oh please please please pick me to win, winner generator, I simply love all these things.

  63. July 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Here in Georgia you can’t beat the flowers of the hydrangea! And we love in the Summer to sip on simple vodka tonics with lime! yum!

  64. SandyK
    July 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Hydrangeas are one of my favorites. They are all in bloom here in my yard now, beautiful colors.

  65. July 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

    we moved from a house with huge gardens, to a tiny cottage on an island with two beauty-bark covered postage-stamp sized areas devoid of anything, pots with old soil that wouldn’t even grow moss and deer that roamed my yard daily. quite a challenge. we moved some things from my old garden….what we could at any rate. the peonies we dug up moped for an entire season before bouncing back the next spring, happy for the continuous dose of sunshine they got in this new space. i brought over sedum, monarda, rudbeckia, baby tears, my lavender, sage and rosemary, shasta daisies, hydrangeas and hosts and day lilies to plant in the spaces. they are thriving now…big and beautiful and happily the deer don’t touch them. i have a porch garden with hydrangeas and sedum and english roses, because the deer do love those. as far a favorite flower, my first nod would be to the peonies, but i have planted bearded iris, crocosmia, agapanthus, angel trumpet and sea holly as well as hollyhocks. i cannot choose a single favorite because i love them all. the foxglove and the perennial foxglove are other favorites. lily of the valley? sigh…it’s just too hard to choose.
    my favorite drink? making smoothies and slushes with my grandlings and slurping them on a hot afternoon or evening. thank you for this generous giveaway…you set me drooling with every single thing!

  66. Stephanie Lane
    July 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    My favorite flower for summer is bee balm. It blooms right around the 4th of July here in Virginia and reminds me of fireworks when I use it in arrangements with white calla lilies and blue salvia. My favorite drink is iced tea.

  67. Leslie
    July 15, 2015 at 9:33 am

    My favorite flowers are lilacs.

  68. Annette
    July 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

    My favorite flowers are Zinnias! They remind me of my Grandma. She always bordered her kitchen garden with them and they were gorgeous. My favorite summer drink is homemade lemonade made with Meyer Lemons picked from my sons tree. I also subscribe by email

  69. Linda Rubin
    July 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I enjoyed all flowers but my favs or hydrangea and peonies. I subscribe to your blog by email and enjoying seeing new posts from you.

  70. Linda St.Laurent
    July 15, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Amongst all my flowers in the garden, I think my Zinnias are one of my favorites! I feel like a traitor just picking one flower, since after a Michigan Winter all the flowers and their array of colors are a welcome sight!!! Speaking of favorites, if I had to be honest, an icy Sam Adams, with any Bar B Que is a summer favorite, in a glass of course!!! LOL! Enjoy your day! (also shared on Face Book)

  71. Debbie Wilson
    July 15, 2015 at 9:50 am

    My favorite flowers are blue hydrangeas (although mine didn’t bloom this year-bummer) and my favorite summer drink is peach tea. Thanks for the tea recipe. Love your blog!

  72. July 15, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Beautiful setting for a glass of punch! I love all flowers, especially daisies. Generous giveaway, count me in please!

  73. July 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

    My favorite summertime flower is the hydrangea. I love the everlasting variety because it blooms all summer and thus allows me to cut blossoms for many vases. Yesterday I found a variegated variety that I had never seen before. Now I will enjoy beautiful blossoms and beautiful leaves.

  74. July 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

    hydrangeas and highballs

  75. July 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I love the Hydrangea or Snowballl bush as some call it. They just make me soooo happy. Having win the contest makes me happy too! Thanks!

  76. Jennifer L
    July 15, 2015 at 10:05 am

    My favorite summer drink is a lime fizz. My favorite summer flower is any variety of a David Austin tea rose.

  77. July 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Your are a fantastic stylist! I adore your potting shed and this vignette! What a lovely giveaway! I, too, love Mary Lake Thompson towels! Hydrangeas and plain Jane unsweetened iced tea are my favorites- Thanks for hosting!

  78. July 15, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I have incredible luck with Zinnias, so they would be my favorite summer flower. They attract goldfinches as well, but those darling birds do tend to like to eat the zinnia seeds, and to get to them they very patiently pluck every petal off of each flower. Your tea punch looks delicious, the bee skep dispenser wonderful, but those canning jars really call my name because I love using them for all sorts of things. I’m a huge fan of Mary Thompson towels, the recipe ones in particular.

  79. July 15, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Shared on Facebook.

  80. Judy Ehlerding
    July 15, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I love your blog! My favorite summer beverage is lemonade and my favorite summer flower is the daisy. I will share this giveaway on Facebook! Thanks!

  81. Donna Collins
    July 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I’m a hydrangea girl – just love them (I love lemonade too!)

  82. Susan G
    July 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Mary, I love all of your posts, but this one really makes me happy. Brings back so many memories of growing up and family. We had a family fried who was a bee keeper and my dad would bring home a huge comb for us to get the honey from and to chew on. How delicious! My favorite flowers are the old fashioned ones… blue morning glories that grew all over the farm around us, gardenias that make my Mom so happy, colorful zinnias that grew on the first row of our vegetable garden and made our house so festive, and gladiolas that made huge, colorful sprays on the alter at church all summer! My favorite summer drink is strawberry daiquiris!

  83. July 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

    What a bee…utiful display, Mary! Here on our tiny lavender farm in Boring, Oregon at this time of year I have to admit that my favorite flowers are the bright Buena Vista lavender blooms. Right now the fields are constantly buzzing with bees and at the end of an afternoon cutting lavender bundles in our record heat I love to sip lavender lemonade! I subscribe by email and follow you on Facebook too…always telling by friends to look you up as your posts always add a bright spot to my mornings! I just shared your post on FB…thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely gift set!

  84. July 15, 2015 at 10:34 am

    “Bee”utiful drink ware and dispenser.
    I love Phlox flowers.
    I love hearing the bees buzzing on the flowers.
    Have a Blessed day, Terri

  85. Terri
    July 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful set! My farmer husband used to have bees and sold honey. I love peach bellini tea in the summer and love my peonies. I subscribe to your email posts, follow you on facebook, and shared this give away on facebook.

  86. Betty S
    July 15, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I love sweet ice tea and hydrangeas.

  87. Ann
    July 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I LOVE Strawberry Spritzer and Peonies! Thanks for the chance at the lovely giveaway!

  88. Linda
    July 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love flowers…..period. That is why I love to see the photos on your site. They start my day with smiles. My absolute favorite flower is probably hydrangeas. My Annabelles are flowing over the top of the picket fence….they amaze me with no effort on my part. They just do their thing. Well, I’m off to spread more bark to make my garden pretty and my plants happy. Thank you for spreading joy :-)

  89. Pam Schrantz
    July 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Mary, what a generous giveaway! And I have so enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. Favorite flowers would be lavender with calendulas in second place. Iced tea is my drink of choice most always, except when it is a glass of wine.

  90. Janice F
    July 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

    What a wonderful give-away Mary! I have been following your blog for some time now, and absolutely drool every time I see one of your posts! My favorite flower is the Hydrangea as it just reminds me of my Southern roots. My favorite drink is white wine sangria in the summer….mostly anything with ice in it since I live in Georgia where the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife! LOL

  91. Janice F
    July 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Oh, and I subscribe to your blog! :o)

  92. Betty Sparrow
    July 15, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I receive your emails and shared your facebook page. I so look forward to each post!

  93. July 15, 2015 at 11:15 am

    My favorite drink for summer is always Plum Iced Tea, and my favorite summer flowers are Sunflowers, they say summer to me.

  94. Sue Hartzell
    July 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

    What a challenge to pick one favorite flower! I love purple coneflowers because they say country garden to me and because they will grow in my hard pack clay soil. But how can I leave out daisies and lilacs? My favorite drink is iced tea during the day and wine at night. I try not to drink as much wine as I do tea…..

  95. Peggy Kuppers
    July 15, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I love rhubarb punch. And marigolds!

  96. Marty koons
    July 15, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I love red geraniums and iced tea! Great giveaway!

  97. franki
    July 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Living in Virginia I would have to say my favorite flower is the hydrangea…mine have gone from royal blue to pale blue to limey green and soon dark fuchsia. franki

  98. Cyndee Randall
    July 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Had to share this on Facebook! I collect bee related items for a summer tea I host with friends each year. Roses and daisies are the centerpiece with Strawberry soup and strawberry tea as part of the refreshing repast!

  99. Trish
    July 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I love strawberry lemonade and hydrangeas

  100. SuzyW
    July 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Oh I love Peonies. They smell so good and they just look so old fashioned in my garden. I do love Hydrangeas too. My summer drink would be a wine cooler with a kick of Schnapps added. I can’t wait to try your tea .I love your bee items. You always have such a pretty setting.

  101. Julia D.
    July 15, 2015 at 11:52 am

    My favorite flowers are pansies. I enjoy a good sun tea with lemon and for fun times a margarita. Love the bee items and thanks for sharing.

  102. July 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    What a fun post! My favorite flowers are the dinner plate dahlias that pop up every summer right outside my french doors! The first bloom can be 11″ across and just seems to sing, “Happy Summer! we’re baaaack!” I love flavored sparkling water in the summer. I gratefully receive your emails and always enjoy your blog entries. Thank you for the chance at such a nice giveaway. You are the “bees knees”, Mary! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  103. linda kemp
    July 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    This was a beautiful start to my day. I love, love Hydrangeas. Mine are not doing well this year but I also love Night Blooming Jasmine. I also love vodka and tonic with lots of lime in this hot weather. I follow you on line as well as facebook.

  104. Pam
    July 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    My favorite summertime beverage is homemade lemonade. This is a fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the chance of winning.

  105. July 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Firefly sweet tea vodka with unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Fragrant roses and lavender. BTW love the name of this blog!

  106. Yolie Browne
    July 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Your question is simple, yet very thought provoking. Why would one flower rise above all others and reign supreme in my estimation? Right off the top of my head I can say that in these graceless times, one of the things that soothes and replenishes my soul is my gentle, faithful perennial garden. It always comes back and brings me even more abundant flowers and fragrance, year after year. I love them all.

    But what would make me favor one more than the others? Beauty? Fragrance? Color? I imagine them in arrangements. They all look wonderful. Then in my mind’s eye I see my large cut-crystal rose bowl covered in open, multi-petaled,effortlessly elegant, old fashioned garden roses. I remember their heady aroma filling the room. Jacques Cartier, Madame Isaac Pereire, Mrs. John Lang – even their names are beautiful. Roses. Roses must be my favorite, even though I feel disloyal to all my other flowers in saying so. So sorry, Limelight Hydrangeas! You are gorgeous, showy and offer a variety of seasonal color, but you lack fragrance…

    As for my favorite beverage? Water! Water with lime, cucumber, basil – anything that I happen to have on hand – and lots and lots of ice.

  107. carmen
    July 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I love hydrangeas and pink lemonade. Thanks for an inspiring blog and this opportunity! :) Carmen

  108. Martha
    July 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Great giveaway! My last name is pronounced bee so I’m always collecting things with bees. This would be a great addition. My favorite flower is the Blue Hydrangea. I have a long fence lined with them.

  109. mariajz1
    July 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Love all things “bees”!
    My favorite summer beverage is probably a peach iced tea. Hard to pick just one! And favorite summer flower would definitely be the fragrant Oriental lily. Their heady fragrance fills many of our warm summer nights.

  110. Linda Byrnes
    July 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I love sweet tea and lavender lemonade, depending on the day! I particularly look forward to your posts to see how you present your drinks and various recipes on your tablescapes. You always make dining look so appetizing ! Thanks for sharing!

  111. Donna C
    July 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Mary, your blog continues to inspire and excite me. The attention to detail and the beautiful arrangement of items is just breathtaking. I love all flowers so much. Roses, lilies, coneflowers, foxgloves; I cant choose just one. My favorite summer beverage is homemade lemonade. I follow you on facebook and subscribe to your newsletter.

  112. Lillian L.
    July 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I subscribe to your blog by email and can’t wait to see what you have for us every morning! There is nothing like ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. Just sit out on the patio, sip the lemonade, and enjoy watching the daisies sway in the breeze…..ahhh…….so relaxing! I also just love watching the many birds and their antics.

  113. Mary in Idaho
    July 15, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    What fun! Your window box just looks more beautiful each time it is shown. I love the drink dispenser and thank you for a chance to win one. On an every day basis my favorite drink is unsweetened ice tea. However I’m hanging on to your Southern Living recipe here for a gathering of friends. We live in farm country so we have an abundance of bees in our garden. A few summers in a row we had an abundance of bumble bees! Gardening during those summers became hazardous duty! Of the flowers we can grow here at 4,000 feet elevation I I would have to say roses and peonies are my favorites. We mostly plant inexpensive annuals because most more expensive perennials don’t make it through our cold winters. Thanks for posting the beautiful pictures of the flowers in your yard.

  114. Elizabeth
    July 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Hello, Mary! I adore tulips and enjoy sipping on Shelton Vineyards Riesling on a hot summer evening. I would “bee” so happy to win! Love your blog, and I am an email subscriber as well as follow you on Facebook. Have a splendid day!

  115. Debra
    July 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I’m a southern girl so it’s sweet tea and a refreshing gin and tonic. I love wisteria. It brings back memories of my dad.

  116. July 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I love the bright colorful pinks and oranges of zinnias. I also love queen anne’s lace that grows along the side of the road near the house. When I see its plain fanciness, I know summer is officially here. I like tea, but not overly sweet, with a slice of lemon.

  117. Patty Bretheim
    July 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    My favorite summer flower is a nice bright pink geranium, I have several pots with them in. I also like a nice cold glass of peach tea. Thanks for the chance to win. Patty B.

  118. July 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    i can’t get over how much your garden has taken hold, you really are getting the green thumb girl! it all looks so cozy, always adore anything beeutiful!

  119. Barbara B
    July 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    What a lovely setting, perfect for summer sipping. My favorite summer flower is the sunflower and second are a bunch of daisies. My favorite sip is simple ice tea. Perfect summer cooler. Thank you for this opportunity.

  120. Linda L.
    July 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite summer beverage is iced tea. I like it flavored with peach, mint, or blackberry. My favorite summer flower here in Texas is a daisy. Thank you for all the lovely posts. I enjoy them all!

  121. Mary Claire Cox
    July 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Hydrangeas and gooseneck loosestrife are some of my favorite summer flowers. I love unsweetened ice tea and gin and tonic.

  122. Nancy Murray
    July 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I love lemonaide in the summer – really year round. I adore tall bearded iris.

  123. Nancy Murray
    July 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I shared this post on Facebook!

  124. Nancy Murray
    July 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I have been your follower on Facebook for a long time – love your blog and your beautiful photos!

    July 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hi! I’m an email subscriber and a Facebook fan and LOVE your blog! My favorite flower is hydrangea .

  126. rachel cartucci
    July 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Oh wow,I would love to win all this! I love sweet iced tea in the summer and my favorite flower is the Hyacinth but I also love tiger lilies because they grow wild and free.

  127. rachel cartucci
    July 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    long time Facebook follower as Ray Ray Cartucci

  128. Jayne McLeod
    July 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm


  129. Darlene
    July 15, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    ICed sweet tea with lemon is my favorite summer beverage and blue hydrangeas are my favorite summer flower, though unfortunately I don’t have many blooms this year due to the cold winter. Always enjoy your blog Mary!

  130. Darlene
    July 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I shared on Facebook Mary!

  131. Pamela
    July 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I love hollyhocks and they are impossible to grow in our part of the country. My favorite summer drink is iced coffee.

  132. Cyndi
    July 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite flowers are sunflowers, any kind!! My favorite summer drink is mango iced tea!!

  133. July 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    How lovely…Your giveaways are always so exciting and generous, makes me wish (sometimes) that I lived on the the mainland so I can participate ;-)

    I know I don’t stand a chance…but…my favorite summer flowers are a weed…Queen Anne’s Lace and my favorite summer drink is a mango-pineapple punch (which can be either virgin or alcoholic)

    BTW, our island celebrates bees and honey with a yearly festival…This year it fall on Saturday, September 26th and there is a cooking contest!

  134. Wendy
    July 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    We like to make strawberry basil margaritas when it’s hot. So refreshing!

  135. Wendy
    July 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I’m already a subscriber and FB follower but I shared on FB!

  136. July 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Red beebalm is my favorite summer flower and I love mojitos. I’m an email subscriber and sharing this on Facebook. Love this blog!!!

  137. July 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I have a love affair with my hydrangeas. I have several different varieties and my new favorite is Vanilla Strawberry – she’s just beautiful!

  138. July 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful blog! Following you on Facebook! I’ve been enjoying mojitos this summer. Yum!

  139. Susie stucky
    July 15, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I love your posts. I’m live in California and while we garden all year, our gardens don’t seem quite as lush as yours in the Midwest and East. Must be the rain! My favorite flower for summer is zinnia. They look look like a party! I also love and make a punch with a tea base and lemon simple syrup. You can always add vodka or sweet tea to that, too! It isn’t too sweet and will quench a thirst. I am looking forward to your next post, already!

  140. July 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Any flower that attracts bees is tops on my list ~ one of my precious granddaughters has the middle name of Bumblebee so we are all about bees, hives, skeps and flowers. If I had to choose just one, it would be nasturtiums, particularly the peach melba variety. Love it. To drink, the national beverage of my homeland! Sweet Tea…

  141. July 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Very generous giveaway, Mary. My favorite summertime drink is watermelon and mint flavored iced tea (with sugar….I like it sweet). I like peach iced tea, too! My favorite summertime flower: hydrangeas, but I really like the limelight best.

  142. July 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been following you via email for a long time.

  143. July 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I posted about your giveaway on FB!

  144. dgmills
    July 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    What an amazing giveaway! Your potting shed is such a fun place to enjoy your variety of flowers and sip a summer beverage. My favorite summertime beverage is a homemade glass of lemonade served in a glass decorated with daisies. The color yellow just means summer to me.

  145. dgmills
    July 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I have received your blog by email for a long time and have savored each and every post.

  146. July 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    My favorite garden flowers are zinnias, G-Mom-B used to send me outside with scissors to fill a vase often. Thanks for another fun give-away Mary, you are the bees-knees:@)

  147. Chris
    July 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Villa Italia Italian Blood Orange Soda from Trader Joe’s & dwarf morning glories!

  148. Marie
    July 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Mary, thank you for this opportunity to “bee” a winner. My favorite summertime flowers are those from childhood: sweet peas, bachelor buttons, and holly hocks. They bring to mind very sweet memories. My favorite summertime beverage is lemonade, plain, pink or strawberry. Marie

  149. Susan
    July 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    My favorite summertime drink is water with lemon or a fruity Sangria. My favorite summertime flower is Hydrangea.

  150. Marie
    July 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I am a happy follower by email. Also, so lovely to find others who appreciate Mary Lake Thompson items. I have a few sets of her linen napkins and miss seeing them in retail. Marie

  151. Susan
    July 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I’m a longtime follower via e-mail and Facebook.

  152. Debbie Rhoades
    July 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    My favorite flower is the lilac, and my favorite summertime drink is lemonade! Yum yum!

  153. July 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I guess I am old fashioned but just give me some sweet tea to enjoy while I garden. My favorite flower is Echinacea purpurea. I think I have too many. Can a gardener have too many flowers?

  154. Alice
    July 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    My favorite flower is a zinnia. The organic produce stand where I shop has a huge field of them and they
    sell them along with organic fruits and veggies. Their happy colors cheer me up every time I look at them.
    Thanks for writing your entertaining and inspiring blog.

  155. Susan K.
    July 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I always look forward to seeing the hydrangeas bloom in summer.

  156. Susan K.
    July 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I subscribe by email.

  157. July 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I enjoy drinking peach ginger tea while sitting on my screened porch surrounded by my favorite daylilies. Wonderful post!

  158. July 15, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    it’s all Bee-utiful!! love those adorable floral straws, and your tea recipes look really yummy!

  159. July 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I’m an email subscriber and I love reading your posts. You are so creative! You inspire me with your beautiful pictures. I absolutely love Sweet Peas. When they are blooming I go out every morning and cut a new bouquet. Peonies are also a favorite and I guess I could go on and on. I can’t name a flower I dislike. Thank you for the chance to bee a winner.

  160. Paula
    July 15, 2015 at 7:47 pm


    I must say My Goodness Your Plants look Wonderful !! mine are looking sad with all these rainy days :( You put together a lovely “GiveAway” I would feel like Queen Bee . I too love bees :) I do not have a favorite flowers, they are all so pretty during their season of growing. I am a coffee drinker mostly, but I love flavor water with either lemon,lime, cucumber, mint , any fruits are so refreshing !
    p.s. I like you on facebook too :)

  161. Kim H.
    July 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    My favorite summer flower are hydrangeas. Beautiful give away, thanks for the opportunity to win. I subscribe by email.

  162. Carol
    July 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I enjoy ice tea and love petunias and black eyed susans!

  163. July 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the David Austin rose – The Lark Ascending. Also, love my red Knock-Out Roses! A big glass of iced water serves me fine as my favorite summer drink! We’ve had a hot summer here!

    Also, I receive your blog posts via my email address!

  164. Regina Johnson
    July 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Summer greetings to you Lake dwellers. Your post is just Beeee-utiful! I would love to add the bee skep dispenser to my screen porch and with the other things, I’ll be party ready. You are an inspiration. Btw…my favorite flower is the Hydrangea….love love love them.

  165. Steph
    July 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    My fav summer drink is mojitos!

  166. Melissa G
    July 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Lime daiquiris and columbines! The daiquiris are in the freezer, ready to go at a moments notice and columbines are just cool. Love those spurs and all the colors! The three plants I bought have filled an entire flowerbed in 8 years and I am hoping for some luck in a distant flowerbed too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  167. Beverly C.
    July 15, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the peony. My grandmother had gorgeous peony bushes in the Ozarks, and I only wish I could grow them in Florida.

  168. Pam Givens
    July 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I love a cold glass of sweet tea and sitting outside on my patio listening to the peacefulness of nature.

  169. July 15, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I drink sweet iced tea year round. I don’t drink sodas. The recipe you posted today will be my next batch. The peach halves in the jars is gorgeous. I will definitely be making the alcohol version as well. Wow! This is a great giveaway and I would appreciate the win, very much. Your tablescapes are always the best. I love a beautiful table and love collecting pretty linens and dishes. Never as pretty as yours, but it makes me happy. My hubby loves a pretty table also.

  170. July 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Zinnia my favorite summer flower. They are wonderful to cut and make a summer bouquet. Love a peachy Sangria as my favorite summer beverage.

  171. Angie Brown
    July 16, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Love white wine peach sangria! Favorite flowers are carnations and peonies. I subscribe by e mail.

  172. July 16, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Thank you for such a fun give away Mary. My favorite flowers are roses, they shine even in this heat. The deer love them as much as I do, there are 29 bushes now, so I’ve learned to share. Favorite tea is The Republic of Tea’s ‘Ginger Peach’ over ice….. taste like summer. Sunday’s are family barbecue for who ever shows up, can’t wait to ‘bump up’ the ice tea on with your recipe for Summer Peach Tea Punch. Thanks for sharing. Will ‘Like you’ on Facebook and check out your site. Sandy

  173. Deena Salvatore
    July 16, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Oh summer flowers! Geraniums, peonies, roses, clematis, lilacs, bougainvillea, not to mention the herbs . . . I love them all! But if I had to choose just one . . . it would absolutely have to be sunflowers! I fill my house with them all year round. Nothing makes me happier. Now as for my favorite summer drink, nothing beats and ice cold glass of sweet tea. However, I do love a good mimosa, haha! I’m a new subscriber and am just loving your blog. The garden shed is amazing! Thank you so much for your beautiful pictures. I had my sister subscribe as well. I love to share the really good stuff! Enjoy this glorious day! Deena

  174. Cindy Dunn
    July 16, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Where there’s tea there’s hope. ~Arthur Wing Pinero

    I am sitting in the hospital as my elderly mother is being treated for cancer. It is early in the morning and the sun is starting to rise. This spring and summer have been a long unexpected turn of events in all of our lives. We lost my father in May and then the same day my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Cancer is a horrible disease.

    Last week while at my mothers home, I invited two of her friends for a tea party lunch! I made a delightful Fruit Tea! We made chicken quiche, pasta salad and fresh fruit with coconut pineapple cake. We had a delightful time with mother and her friends! It will be a treasured memory!!!

    Roses are my favorite flowers! I love any type of roses and colors!

  175. Carol
    July 16, 2015 at 7:48 am

    So difficult to pick just one flower but lilacs have a bit of an edge because they have fragrance like none other! For sipping all day long–plain iced tea with fresh mint and at happy hour—mojitos or that retro, but now trendy favorite, Moscow mules! Love your posts, each and every day.

  176. Gayle Mathues
    July 16, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Your site is so beautiful and inspiring. Definitely has the “ahhh” quality! All time favorite summer flower is hydrangea, any type, any color. Water is my beverage of choice, but peach tea is thirst quenching, too.

  177. Doris
    July 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Ooooooh, pick just one summer flower? Very difficult, but I’ll say hydrangeas. Our favorite summer sipper would be Raspberry Tea. I have entered via e-mail and subscribe to your newsletter. Thank you for this opportunity.

  178. Holly Lawrence Malley
    July 16, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I love reading your blogs! I have even gone out and bought the things you’ve posted on them! Please keep the ideas coming!
    For today’s favorite flowers are 1. hydrangea and 2. hibiscus, living in the north east hydrangea do very well here, we are fortunate! Hibiscus is more tropical but we do have the pleasure of having it for at least the warm season here in NY! So my first choice is my favorite! My favorite summer drink is a Margarita, classic with salt ! Though I would say my second runner up is Sangria!! Non Alcohol is Green Tea, I drink it all day! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaways!! Happy Summer!

  179. Bonnie
    July 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

    My favorite is sun tea with fresh lemon balm sprig and a slice of fresh lime. It’s hard to pick a favorite flower as I do enjoy each different unique flower that blooms as the months last during spring and summer. Lilacs violets, then daises brown eyed Susan’s, now Queen Anne’s lace they all are blessings

  180. July 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

    My favorite summer beverage is an Arnold Palmer. I’m a follower by email and facebook.
    Thanks so much!

  181. Kathi
    July 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Oh, this give-away is BEE-UTIFUL!!! My favorite summer time flower is the Hydrangea. I remember as a child our landlady had the biggest, bluest blooms on her hydrangeas in her front yard. My favorite summertime drink is the old-fashtioned lemonade you made with real lemons and sugar. Half the fun was rolling the lemons to make them more juicy! I have been following you for years now, Mary, and every post is still a delight. I also follow you on facebook and have and will again share you there. I have yet to get myself a beverage dispenser and I would dearly love to win this one and the adorable canning/glasses…they are so cute! The towel with the bee skep is beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity for your followers to win this awesome give-away!
    Happy Hugs to you and puppies!

  182. July 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Oh, what an inspiring post once again! Your giveaway is amazing…how I would love to win! I think my favorite summer flowers are Black eyed Susan’s! They are bright Yellow (my favorite color) and just me smile when I see them! Our favorite summer drink is iced tea and or raspberry ice tea!! I am a follower, as well as an email follower. I follow you on FB and have shared this giveaway on my FB page!

    Thank you once again!


  183. Sherry Myers
    July 16, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Mary, my favorite flower is the hydrangea. Our beautiful blue mop head makes me smile every day of summer. It was started by a cutting from a bush belonging to my husband’s grandmother who lived in the mountains of NC. We brought it to the coast, and it has survived three home relocations. Needless to say, it is sentimental. I can sit on my back porch sipping my favorite summer drink, an Arnold Palmer, and enjoy all the beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies, and bees. Your blog and all these things add beauty and charm to my day making my heart sing!

  184. Lori Albert
    July 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    My Favorite Flower is the Hydrangea (pink or blue!) I am an email follower!

  185. Marilyn
    July 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    My very favorite flower is the hydrangea, mostly the blue or purple, I am also a email follower. Love your blog, look forward to it every day. Keep up this wonderful site!!!!!

  186. Robyn
    July 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I love love love hydrangea!!! There are a couple more that run a close second….Angel Wing Begonia and Zinnias. My grandmother always a porch full of begonias and grew Zinnias in her garden. She always would bring a big vase and put on the alter at church. She would throw in some cockscomb and coleas too. She had a green thumb like no one else….my Daddy is a beekeeper and just harvested a big batch of honey. Nothing better in the world! Thanks so much for the giveaway…those jars are perfect for lots of things! I will be sharing the giveaway on my page.

    • Robyn
      July 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      and…… favorite summer beverage is a cold beer!!!

  187. Ellen
    July 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Hullo Mary, thought I’d join the fun and tell you Shasta Daisy’s have always been my favorite – from my Wedding bouquet to happy wild ones in a jar, and just plain black English tea, hot, cold or iced – must be the Irish in me! Cheers lovey…..

  188. Cheryl King
    July 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My David Austin peach rose makes my heart sing! And I also LOVE anything bee related!

  189. July 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I love sweet tea and hydrangeas!

  190. Shelley Trunnell
    July 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I subscribe to your blog by email and I shared it on my Facebook page too. I love Mandevilla vines potted amongst petunias and sip a strawberry mojito occasionally. Thanks for such great pictures. Your blog makes me want to go out and buy a shed to decorate. 😊

  191. Ruth Stormer Allen
    July 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I enjoy Iced Tea year round and my favorite flower is the lilac. I subscribe by eamil and I am going to share on Facebook.
    Ruth Allen

  192. July 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    beautiful photos. it’s absolutely freezing here in Sydney today but your blog post has made me a little warmer. love your garden

  193. July 16, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I favor hydrangeas but love all flowers. Lime Rickey’s r my favorite summer libation. My hubby makes a great one. Thnx for such a great giveaway- love ur blog!
    Xo- maryjo

  194. July 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Mary, I subscribe to your blog and look forward to your post. My favorite summertime drink would be lemonade. I love fresh lemons and enjoy making this refreshing drink. My summertime flower, roses! Call me a romantic, but roses are just beautiful.

  195. Anne Keller
    July 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    My favorite flower is the hydranger. My year round drink is ice water with lemon.

  196. Becky
    July 17, 2015 at 8:26 am

    It seems that I cannot have too many hydrangeas. Love them and my sweet tea! I am an email subscriber and look forward to your posts, especially what is going on in your potting shed.

  197. kfl1111
    July 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

    My favorite summer flowers are the magnolia and the hydrangea. I picked two because sometimes the hydrangeas aren’t too dependable here in Raleigh, NC. This year the blooms are better than last year. Every year I can count on the beautiful scented magnolias blooming next to our gazebo. My husband and I love to sip sweet tea (mine is delicious!) and sit on the gazebo and take in the beauty of the magnolias and the hydrangeas. Love your posts as I too am a Southern gardener….in a Victorian style home.

  198. Pamela A
    July 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I have to first tell you – what a beautiful setting, so beautiful. I love, love, love those canning jars although I would use them the same way your are. Also love that bee keep beverage server. I just purchased a potting bench that I’ll be using as a beverage cart out on the patio and that beverage server would be absolutely perfect! Your site is always filled with great ideas and beautiful pictures, always brings a smile to my face.

  199. July 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    My favorite flower is hydrangea.

  200. July 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I like you on FB. Shared on FB.

  201. Gail
    July 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    When I heard about your love of bees, I “flew” over to your blog. Favorite summer cocktail is Pama mixed with pomegranate or orange crystal light. Plain sun tea is my favorite drink. Favorite flowers are russian sage for the periwinkle color and repeat blooming and zinnias for so many color options and reliability. Great post, especially liked the skeps.

  202. Kathy G
    July 18, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I am enamored with wildflowers, they are just free spirited, untouched beauty, naturally,

    Just when a flower blooms, I think it is my favorite, then the next one appears and it is just as captivating. If I had to choose, I would say my favorite is the one in current bud and blooming,

    Fresh squeezed lemonade with zest and mint are my favorite summertime drinks because it is so refreshing and can be so easy to add every type of berry, tea or spritzer, Your blog is such an inspiration as you live out the Thoreau Quote to fully embrace each season……..Carpe Diem! Cheers

  203. ccarney4
    July 18, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Iced tea steeped outside in the sun, flavored with oranges, lemons and sugar is my favorite all time summer drink.

    It’s difficult to pick one flower but one that I choose to decorate outside because they can stand the heat and come in so many different beautiful colors are supertunias.

  204. Lynda
    July 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I loved your post of “bees knees”, I have a quilt by the same name! My favorite summertime drink is a mimosa, and my favorite flower is the hydrangea. I subscribe to your email and absolutely love your posts! Thanks!

  205. July 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hello, Mary!
    What a truly lovely giveaway!! My favorite garden flower is the Morning Glory! They take so long to bloom in WI so it’s fun to watch the vines climb and twist into anything they can get their tendrils around. Suddenly, one morning you have the most velvety, luxurious blooms and it is a show until frost!
    Enjoy the day and thanks for the entry…I also subscribe by email and am a FB fan!! Val

  206. Cindy Hayhurst
    July 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I’ve been a follower for some time, but seldom comment, even for give aways. But, this one was so pretty and summery, I couldn’t resist. My favorite summer drink is peach tea, which I drink while visiting FL because Publix’s has a good instant one. I used to bring it home, but don’t any more so it will be a treat.

  207. Tricia
    July 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I love the bee theme and these QS jars. I found some at Target and at Sur la Table after hunting for them for a year after I saw them on your site! My favorite summer drink is sweet tea with either peach or mango Monin syrup. My favorite flowers are zinias and dahalias (right now- it changes every couple of years!). I am a subscriber to your post.

  208. Co
    July 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    i love sweet tea and lemonaid and would enjoy drinking a glass from QS jars. My favorite flowers are Iris and Lily.

  209. July 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    My favorite summertime beverage is an ice-cold coca-cola! Refreshing! My favorite flower is the sunflower – because it is just soooooo cheerful! Also, I am a follower of your via Bloglovin’.

    I love your photos and this vignette is great.

    Michelle from

  210. Sarah M
    July 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Hydrangea give me the fondest memories of Cape Cod and the Islands, a place I so hope to someday return to live. It is a reminder of summer, ocean breezes, sandy beaches and trips to the ice cream stand.

  211. alaurajane
    July 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite summer time flower is the Shasta Daisy… I just love their sweet sunny faces.. now matter the weather they always brighten my day… and put a smile on my face… what a lovely give away.

    Alaura P.

  212. Katie
    July 19, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Lemonade and Hydrangeas make for a perfect summer. Love your posts. I am an email subscriber.

  213. Tricia
    July 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I shared the post on FB.

  214. July 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Your photo staging for this post is wonderfully done! Very inviting looking. Love all your beehive baskets, etc. Nice giveaway too! Thanks for sharing!

  215. Laura
    July 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I love all flowers, but one of my favorites is Peonies.

  216. Laura
    July 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I follow you on facebook and also by email.

  217. July 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Just love your blog. Summer time is for Rosemary Lemonade, Roses and Bees. I love bees. I have shared on Facebook, and my blog.

  218. Virginia Miller
    July 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Thank you again for such a fantastic giveaway. I truly enjoy opening my email each day to see your latest creation. Choosing a favorite flower is difficult, as I love so many. At the moment my limelight hydrangea are blooming and beautiful as is a pink mandevilla by my side entrance. For now they are definitely my favorites. I enjoy sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice and a twist of lime as a summer drink. If it’s after five a little vodka makes a great refreshing cocktail.

  219. July 20, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I love Zinnias and look forward to summer just to have them around. The colors are so pretty and they are fabulous in a pretty container. Great giveaway, thanks so much!

  220. Sherry Batterton
    July 20, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this fun giveaway. My favorite summer beverage is an Arnold Palmer with lots of ice. My flower preferences change as the summer gets hotter….pansy and tulips in spring, peony and hydrangeas, now coneflowers and black eyes susans. Who can choose only one !!!

  221. Barbara Anne
    July 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    How did you know my favorite summertime beverage is peach tea? Your recipe looks even better than the Crystal Lite I use, to thank you so much! Thanks, too, for the chance to win these lovely prizes.


  222. Barbara W.
    July 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I can’t choose a favorite flower — it’s like saying which of your children you like best! I like them all! As for my favorite summertime drink? Iced water with mint or a lemon slice — cool and refreshing after a work in the garden or just something to sip whilst sitting on the patio looking at th egarden.

  223. July 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    My favorite flower this summer is limelight hydrangea. I’m a southern girl, so iced sweet tea (not too sweet, please) with a slice of navel orange is my everyday choice of beverage. Love your tablescapes and I follow you by email to find your newest post!

  224. Jacki Salinas
    July 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite summer drink is ice tea, and my favorite summer flower is purple coneflower. Thank you for this delightful giveaway!

  225. Jacki Salinas
    July 20, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I’m also a long-time follower! : )

  226. Christine Anderson
    July 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite summer flower is Zinnias! I love there beautiful vivid colors!

  227. Patricia
    July 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I love iced green tea – it’s so light and quinches the thirst. Flowers – I really love the clematis vine with the purple flowers.

  228. Debbie Guenther
    July 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I love the Tall Bearded Iris. My favorite are purple with a purple beard as well. I drink iced tea most of the time but summer often demands a refreshing Mojito!! Thanks!

  229. Sherri Howell
    July 21, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I love black mango ice tea. Great post as usual. I follow via email and Facebook. Thanks🌻

  230. Alicia
    July 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Wow. I recently discovered your blog and I love it. Great giveaway. My favorite summertime drink is seltzer with lemon & lime slices and lots of ice. My favorite flowers are gladiolus and hydrangea. I love the lime light hydrangea,

  231. Delilah A.
    July 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    My favorite summer drink is iced tea with lemon. I love hydrangeas and zinnias (and petunias and geraniums and on and on). I am an e-mail subscriber.

  232. July 21, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Hi There! I love your blog and most especially I love your potting shed. It is always fun to see what you have created lately. Thanks for having a wonderful giveaway. Since I am a Southern girl,my most favorite summertime drink is definitely sweet tea followed closely by sangria. Hydrangeas are Heaven to me and are decidedly my favorite summer flower!

  233. Yvonne
    July 22, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Impatiens or Busy Lizzies! They are just a dream to plant and they spread. Flowering until the frost gets them. Tea has to be my favorite. I will take it any way I can get it-hot, cold, lemon, sweet, or spiked. We drink gallons all the year not just summer. I follow you by email and will share on Facebook too!

  234. Karen C.
    July 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Love lemon and cucumber water

  235. Beth
    July 22, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Hydrangeas and white sangria!

  236. Beth
    July 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Following on Facebook and sharing! I’m living in Tn now, but lived in Mooresville for 6 years. Love Lake Norman!

  237. July 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Hi Mary! What a beautiful and peaceful post!! I’m a gardener from way back so it’s tough to pick just one but Impatiens the salmon colored ones – hold a special place in my heart. My Grammy used to have one in a pot on her old front porch. Back then they were called Sultana. Plus, bees are a very important little creature and I work for a company trying to help solve their decline.

    As for my fave beverage – plain old iced tea! Drink it all year, every day.

    Thanks for a pretty post!

  238. Annelies
    July 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Sweet peas……simple flower and so much joy! I am a lemonade girl just found your blog and I am smitten !!!!!

  239. Barbara Beach
    July 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Sweet peas are my all-time, absolute, very, very favorite flower! But I love flowers of all kinds and types, including cactus flowers and color – love colors.
    I’m new to your blog and your photos are absolutely beautiful. I will have to explore more.
    Thanks for letting me participate.

  240. Brenda Haines
    July 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite flowers are the ones that happen in my vegetable garden. I just took a pretty pic of my potato plant blossoms. I like that there is beauty in everything, even a potato! :)

  241. Brenda Haines
    July 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I follow on facebook and subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks!

  242. July 23, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Just beautiful Mary! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home! My favorite flower is the rose!

  243. Jill
    July 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Loved this post….we have a friend who is a bee-keeper and have learned so much from him! My favorite summer beverage is an ice cold Corona Light with a slice of lime….favorite flower is Black-eyed Susans. I especially enjoyed your post/ideas about picnic on the pontoon! Plan to use that idea soon!

  244. Terry C
    July 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    My favorite drink is iced tea. My favorite flower is a climbing pink rose.

  245. Cindi
    July 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I love unsweetened iced tea. As for my favorite flower, I have many favorites. Both perennials and annuals.

  246. Sheila Nichols
    July 24, 2015 at 6:15 am

    My favorite summertime beverage is a mojito. I just joined your blog about a week ago and absolutely fell in love with it. You are very talented in so many ways! Thanks for sharing. We have cute dogs and a boat too! Our teacup poodles are named Martini, Shaker, Margarita, and Salt. Next one (ha!) might be Blender! Thanks again for bringing such beauty and pleasure for everyone to see!

  247. July 24, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Your garden is such a beautiful inspiration to me. My favorite summer time beverage I love to sip on in the shade is Almond Tea and my favorite flowers are hydrangeas.

  248. July 24, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I’ve had the pleasure of being a follower for quite a while now!

  249. July 24, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I shared on Facebook.

  250. Shawn
    July 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Black and blue salvia, (and the hummingbirds they bring), are my current favorite in the summer garden. I’m an email subscriber.

  251. Shawn
    July 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I also shared your pretty post and contest on facebook.

  252. Martha
    July 24, 2015 at 7:16 am

    I love your email posts. They are always beautiful and make my day!
    What a fun giveaway!

  253. July 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

    You are amazing! Your creativity and tablescapes are ones I always look forward to seeing! My daughter is a true bee lover – Ga. Tech fan – so would love this for her. Favorite summer flower – Gardenia and cocktail – a Margarita!

  254. Donna Parrish
    July 24, 2015 at 7:43 am

    What a beautiful group of gifts! I love hydrangeas! I just planted some this year. I follow by E Mail and am sharing on Facebook.

  255. Sue
    July 24, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Love your posts!! I am an email follower. My favorite flower is the peony also. Have a great weekend XOXO

  256. Pat Soule
    July 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I love your blog. Very inspiring! I am also a fan of all things bees. Myf avorite summer drink is iced peach or raspberry tea. I follow by fb
    Pa So

  257. Melissa Leach
    July 24, 2015 at 8:36 am

    My favorite summertime flower is Hydrangea. My favorite summer time drink is a Bellini!

  258. July 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    My favorite flower for summer is the lovely little Impatiens with their sweet cheerfulness.
    Already a follower and email subscriber and have “liked” your page on Facebook!
    More than anything I LOVE this blog!

  259. July 24, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Oops I forgot my favorite summertime drink, strawberry or watermelon Margaritas! Yum!

  260. Sue
    July 24, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I love all the summer flowers and sipping vanilla tea. Thank you for all the joy you share with us…

  261. Susan S
    July 24, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Let it Bee Me , Let it Bee me! Totally fun and summery. Love your posts.

  262. July 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Your garden is so beautiful, Mary. I might just stop on by and sit awhile! My favorite adult drink is a wine slush. It’s the perfect sip on a hot summer day. Just blend wine (I like Moscato) with just about any fruit. My favorites are peach,watermelon,& mango/pineapple. Since I live in Florida, I have to plant heat tolerant flowers. My all time favorite is verbena. They are gorgeous in hanging baskets. Thanks for the giveaway!

  263. July 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    My favorite summertime beverage to share with friends on the front porch is some ice cold lemonade, not too sweet, just a little tart…says summertime to me! Your photography is always so lovely, I think it would be so nice to just sit and enjoy your garden! I wonder how you have time to go out on the boat, it looks like you work so hard on your gardening!

  264. July 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I have shared this over on FB and Twitter! Hope you get lots more visitors!

  265. Alison Johnson
    July 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hi, Mary
    Your blog is absolutely beautiful! Love all your posts. My favorite summer flower would be all flowers but in particular, I like hydrangeas and daylilies. I also love “bee” balm!

  266. Alison Johnson
    July 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

    P.S. My favorite summer beverage is Peach Tea. 🍹🌺

  267. Debbie Wilson
    July 24, 2015 at 9:27 am

    My favorite summer beverage is peach tea (thanks for your recipe) and my favorite flower is a blue hydrangea (although mine didn’t bloom this year – boo hoo). Love your blog!!!

  268. Penny
    July 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

    My Grandfather was from Denmark and when he moved to the states he planted a beautiful flower garden around his home. As a little girl, he would take me through his gardens and we would visit about the flowers and end up in his grape arbor, munching on those fresh, juicy sweets. He taught me to love flowers and appreciate the difference in not only flowers but people. He grew lots of beautiful lilac bushes, my favorite smell, and he gave a start to my mother. I in turn received a start from her and now I have a beautiful third generation French lilac bush that I cherish. My favorite summer time drink, lemonade!!

  269. Ellen Stillabower
    July 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Love the bee hives!! 🐝🐝🐝 my favorite summer flower is Zinnia..especially the big red ones & my summer drink is red raspberry tea!! As you can tell, red is my fav color.. I’ll be posting this in FB also!! Thanks ever so.🐝🐝🐝🐝😍😍😍

  270. July 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I love the purple cone flower in my front yard and the bees think they are yummy! I think I would like to make strawberry lemon aid in the bee jar. I also follow you on facebook.

  271. Mary
    July 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful pictures. I love the old bike and clever way you made the basket in to a planter. I enjoy all flowers but especially the old favorites like hollyhock, sweet snap dragons, zinnias, etc. I prefer ice water while working in the garden during the hot summer days.

  272. Debbie Lorson
    July 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    As always the photography is superb and the recipe will come in handy. You have such a flair.

  273. July 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I guess my favorite drink would be water, I only drink one cup of decaf in morning and sleepy time tea at night. My favorite summertime flower would be angelwing begonias. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

  274. July 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I already follow you on facebook and subscribe by email

  275. July 24, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I shared your giveaway on allthingzsewn.

  276. Mildred
    July 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Love your bicycle.
    My favorite summer drink is tea punch and fave flower is hydrangea.

  277. Sandy Park
    July 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    My favorite summer drink is a Mojito with fresh mint from my garden and my favorite flowers are Petunias because they come in so many different colors. My favorite shed is your potting shed. I WANT ONE SO BADLY. Hope you draw me.

  278. July 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Fresh iced tea with lemon yum!!! It just tastes pure. I have no favorite flower. If it blooms, I love it.–MORE PURITY.

  279. GinnyB
    July 24, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    My favorite summer (adult) beverage is a fresh peach margarita! Fresh Georgia or South Carolina peaches go into this delicious summer treat! My favorite summer blooms are peonies, red geraniums, & hydrangeas. I have to have potted red geraniums beside my garage doors by Memorial Day or things are just out of sorts.

  280. Ruth
    July 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Wow-That peach Schnapps looks good!! It’s so hot here in Tennessee! I would love to win these great items in the giveaway! My favorite flower is roses. I do love a lot of other ones! I am a subscriber of your blog also!! Thanks, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  281. Cynthia Raines
    July 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Choose only 1?? Love so many, but I guess I’d say the Balloon flower. Love a good ice cold bottled Coca~Cola, but would settle for a good glass of ice cold Lemonade. Thanks for the opportunity at the Bee give away. You are so generous ~ thanks Mary.

  282. Jan Spotts
    July 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I live in the South so gotta be Tea and Peach is my all time favorite. Favorite flower this year—purslane (hope I spelled it right) too HOT and up till now too dry—everything turned up their heels—but I found these in hot pink and in sunshine yellow and they love the sun and keep on blooming with new ones coming every day. They have made the view out my kitchen window so special. They were cheap (under $2.00 a pot) and they may or may not make it back on their own but if not I will be buying them again and again and again.

    Love your little Bee Skeeps—and the beverage container but what i love best is the visit by the little “bee” that came to visit—how perfect..

  283. Linda
    July 24, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    My flower would be the pretty hydrangeas . Also so nice when hung upside down to dry. A cool summer drink is instant lemon tea and 7 U . Thank you for sure a nice giveaway !

  284. Lindee Robison
    July 24, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I love anything bees and one of my favorite flower is the tall phlox. I also love your blog and read it through email!

  285. laura harris
    July 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    BEEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND GIVEAWAY! I am a beekeeper. Lover of bees and ambassador for apis melifera. Thank you for your talent, recipe and generosity.

  286. Rose Marie
    July 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I love hollyhocks as a sweet memory of Miss Hattie in her sunbonnet walking among he rows and rows of hollyhocks! She absolutely loved them and tended them so lovingly. I call these “memory maker moments.” Southern sweet tea is my favorite summer drink! I guess I’m just an old sentimentalist!

  287. July 25, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I’m a sucker for hydrangeas, especially blue. Ahh…so pretty! I’m thirsting for a glass of that tea now too, which I am also a sucker for! I wish we had a Home Goods here in Tulsa. I’d go get some of those jars/glasses now. They’re adorable with the bees on them!

  288. Mary Sosa
    July 25, 2015 at 5:11 am

    My personal favorite summer beverage is Green Tea Lemonade. For the family I set out a huge glass container of water flavored with fresh strawberries. Yum.

  289. July 25, 2015 at 7:07 am

    So funny you pick out peach tea with a twist to post….and peach tea is my go to summer drink…..all the things you have to make a hot summer day delightful is in your pictures….and I love copying you and serving up a special surprises for drop in friends… are delightful….

  290. kfl1111
    July 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Sweet Tea! And….magnolias! Love the sweet smell of the magnolias as I sit on our gazebo sipping sweet tea! :)

  291. Donna Saye
    July 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I love iced water sometimes with lemon. On summer days there is nothing like an iced cold beer or a martini on the weekend. My favorite flowers are our purple cone flowers and the flowers of our patio herbs. I use the herbs and their flowers in cooking and decorating. I love peach tea and will be trying your recipe for a cocktail with friends! Thanks for sharing. Love your blog.

  292. Ellen Martin
    July 25, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Have been on vacation and am just catching up with your blog posts. Hydrangeas and peonies are my favorite garden flowers, although peonies just don’t last long enough here in SC. We have a Sarah Bernhardt (I think) peony which came from my husband’s grandmother’s childhood home garden. It’s so special to me that this flower has been passed down through the generations. As for a summer beverage, I now drink a lot of water, frequently with mint (from my garden) and lemon. I can’t wait to try your peach tea recipe for a special occasion.

    Your blog is a constant source of inspiration, and I happily look forward to your posts! Your outstanding photography makes each post so inviting!

  293. Trish
    July 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    It’s hard to have just one, but the two at the top of my list are peonies and hydrangeas.
    Summertime drink of choice is plain ole sugared ice tea. Your bicycle post is very pretty.

  294. July 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    OH MY!!!! I just returned home from our annual Longaberger BEE! How wonderful it would be to win this for next year’s BEE. We have a basket bee every year to honor and celebrate. So BEE-U_TEE-FULL…BEE HAPPY….BEE AWESOME

  295. July 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Forgot to mention my favorite drink any time is Unsweetened Ice Tea. If I want to bee buzzy, I drink Long Island Ice Tea.

  296. Patti K
    July 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    My favorite flower is Hydrangea & summer drink is sweet iced tea. Always enjoy reading your blog.

  297. tk
    July 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love pink roses and strawberry lemonade. I love the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! looks like so much FUN!

  298. July 26, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    My favorite summer flowers are coneflowers.

  299. July 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I’m leaving your blog feeling inspired! Thank you so much!

  300. Donna
    July 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Since my husband just started with 2 hives this spring, I guess my favorite flower would have to be whatever the bees seem to like at the particular moment! Right now they really seem to be liking cosmos. As for my drink, I think I’d like a tall glass of iced tea out in the garden.

  301. Andrea W
    July 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    My favorite summer time drink is peach tea…however, I generally just make the crystal light kind. I can’t wait to try this recipe! My favorite flower is any variety of coneflower! I have several in my garden and love to add when I find new ones.

  302. Andrea W
    July 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I’m a subscriber….I don’t know why I wasn’t before???!!!!

  303. July 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    My favorite summertime drink is fresh lemonade, with the lemons in the glass, just like at the local grange fair. My favorite flower is whatever is blooming in my garden, I love them all!

  304. July 27, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Shared on Facebook, now my friends can enjoy this too…:)

  305. Renee Eastman
    July 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Tuberose, of course. Their fragrance can’t be beat!

  306. Lanita Anderson
    July 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    My favorite summer beverage is peach tea or a fresh strawberry/sprite slush…. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  307. Lanita Anderson
    July 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I’m also now a subscriber….not sure why I haven’t been before – I follow you on Pinterest, too!

  308. Melanie
    July 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    My favorite summertime beverage is peach tea — that is how I stumbled upon your post! Can’t wait to try your recipe and look forward to receiving more posts.

  309. Stephanie
    July 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the hydrangea and my favorite summer beverage is iced tea with lemon.

  310. Judy Garmon
    July 28, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Just like Cookie, I recently returned from our Longaberger Bee, the national sales convention. I love bee accessories because of my love for Longaberger friends and my love for my garden. it’s hard to pick one flower, but if I had to pick just one, it would be hydrangeas. I grow several varieties: Limelight, Bluebird, and Oakleaf. Favorite summertime drink? it has to be sweet tea, served with fresh mint from a pot on my deck or lemon. I am already a subscriber. Years ago, we lived in Hickory, NC, so always enjoy your photos.

  311. Susanne Hefner
    July 29, 2015 at 6:47 am

    My favorite flower would be a peony. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I love your blog.

  312. Jacky
    July 29, 2015 at 6:51 am

    My favorite summer beverage is lemonade with fresh raspberries. My favorite flower is any kind of iris.

  313. July 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    May be too late for the competition as it is already the 29th! However, my fav flower is Peruvian Lily and my fav summer beverage is Watermelon Mojitos (summer in a glass!)

  314. July 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Zinnia’s are my favorite summer flower. I can’t get them to grow like my dad can but I love them.

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