Flower Therapy for the Winter Blues!

Flower Therapy for the Winter Blues

For those of you buried under the snow from the blizzard that hit the East Coast over the weekend, I’m sending you some flower therapy to chase away the winter blues!


Freshly picked from the 2015 archives, here’s a round-up of flowers and promise of spring and summer blooms to come! Click on the links if you like to visit the full post!


 Nest Feathering with Birdhouses, Dishes and Snowballs

Chinese Snowball Viburnum and nesting fun with bird houses and dishes

Blooming Easter Basket DIY

How to Build a Blooming Easter Basket

Build a Blooming Easter Basket Tutorial to create a centerpiece using pots of flowers


Sitting Pretty and a Just-Picked Garden Bouquet

A vintage lawn chair and enamel pitcher with a garden bouquet of azalea, Bridalwreath Spirea and wild daisies


Stop and Smell the Peonies

A Vintage Tea Party and Mini Flower Tartlets

 Vintage Tea Party and Mini Flower Tartlets

Recipes and inspiration for a garden tea party including tea sandwiches

Blooming Monogram DIY

Make Hay While the Sun Shines and a Blooming Monogram

Daisies and boxwood clippings and a sunflower are transformed into a blooming monogram

Gardening on Wheels Bicycle Planter

Gardening on Wheels: A Bicycle Planter

A bicycle blooming with pentunias, million bells, lantana and salvaged plate

Frozen Wine Cubes with Edible Flowers

Use edible flower to make pretty frozen wine cubes and keep it chilled while enjoying it in the heat of the summer without diluting it.


Florabundance: Blooming Pages and A Flower Fix

Favorite books from my flower bed of inspiration and DIY flower arranging tips using flowers from the farmers market


A Blooming Pumpkin from a Chick-fil-A Bouquet

A Chick-fil-A Bouquet of beautiful late-blooming roses transformed into a blooming pumpkin using a short cut!

Flowers quote

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~ Luther Burbank


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  37 comments for “Flower Therapy for the Winter Blues!

  1. Ellen Stillabower
    January 25, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Cannot wait to get outside and plant, plant, plant!!! I don’t think I’m going back inside the house, only to sleep, the entire summer…my favorite flower shown here is the peonies!! I have lots and love their smell..my favorite arrangement is the “build a floral Easter basket”. In reality, all florals here are just outstanding!! Early Easter this year may mean a cold one in our neck of the woods..hurry SPRING please!! Thanks for sharing and keep the inspirations coming..💐🌺🌷🌼🌻🌸🌾🌳

  2. Connie
    January 25, 2016 at 8:06 am

    These are a day brightener for sure! than you!!

  3. January 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Thank you, Mary! If we can get out today, I think a bouquet from the grocery store is in order!

  4. January 25, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Such a beautiful site for sore eyes. 😍

  5. January 25, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Thank you Mary for brightening this cold gray morning! My favorites from 2015 were your bloomin’ Easter basket and the daisy M! And oh those magnificent Chinese snowballs and the flower petals in the ice cubes and the pumpkin planter-they are all so stunning and fresh, I need some blooms to play with! Congrats on the big Panthers win, wow what a game!! I’m sure your mind is spinning with Super Bowl 50 ideas this morning :)

  6. Michelle
    January 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

    My orchid and violet are in full bloom! Puts a smile on my face every morning. I moved them inside as we are experiencing very cold weather here in Tampa. There is nothing like blooms to make one feel good in the winter months. Enjoyed your pictures of your blooms! Have a great week!💐😎🌴

  7. Karen
    January 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Thank you for the beautiful “therapy”,brightened my morning! We got about 27 in. of snow here:(

  8. January 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

    There is never an uncheerful day at Home Is Where The Boat Is…it is always filled with the happiness of beautiful flowers and tables and the charm of the potting shed….thank you for always making our days fill with sunshine and smiles!

  9. Sherri
    January 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for the flower therapy! I am making a list of arrangements to try this spring, I love the ones you posted. We have 29″ of snow which broke a record here. I wish I had a Gingerbread House kit to make a feeder for the birds. I may try graham crackers and make a “cottage” for them.

  10. Terri
    January 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Thank you Mary for the trip down “floral lane”! Your ideas & photos are always an inspiration. Can hardly wait for warmer days to come!

  11. Linda
    January 25, 2016 at 9:56 am


  12. January 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I think my blood pressure just went down and the sinus headache eased up a bit! Just from imagining myself surrounded by all of your lovely creations…

  13. January 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Wow Mary, what gorgeous eye candy you’ve shared with us. I don’t have the winter blues, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying your colorful, blooming photos. Some I had forgotten about, and need to check out again. Those little tartlets are tempting me, and the blooming bunny basket would be such fun to create. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Doreen Bednarski
    January 25, 2016 at 10:20 am

    A few weeks ago you asked for inspiration for the new year, and I have debated if my opinion was important enough to comment. After viewing your review of the past year I decided I can’t keep it to myself any longer.
    I am a huge fan of Pinterest and follow a few bloggers, you being one of them. I follow a few fashion bloggers along with decorating and diy advice. I enjoy the ones I follow but feel that Pinterest is saturated with this subject matter. To me, your blog is refreshing and each picture so beautiful that I am absorbed in the subject. I have never seen such exquisite table settings. I can just picture you placing each and every detail to perfection, enticing your reader’s to run out and purchase each item to duplicate your design. I must confess, I never even knew what a charger was until I started to follow you. I’m thinking how I would love a potting shed and I don’t like to garden!!! Talk about inspiring someone! Your beautiful pontoon boat with settings from Christmas to Fourth of July, envoke a feeling of being right there cruising Lake Norman with you while sipping wine and enjoying the antics of Chloe and Gracie! I’ve even put on a few pounds enjoying your recipes! A few low calorie ones would be a nice addition! I love to read your narratives with each of your pictures and do appreciate the thought behind the vivid words bringing the picture to life. Your photography is outstanding and so professional.
    Thank you for all of the inspiration you have shared with me and many others. Your time and talents are truly loved and appreciated by so many of us. I’m looking forward to continued delight in your colorful world on Lake Norman.

    • January 25, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Doreen, Your kind and generous comment is a cure for my winter blues. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and visiting! I hope you’re warm and cozy this morning. :)

      • January 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Mega Ditto what Doreen said!!!

  15. January 25, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Balm for the winter soul! Brilliant post. Still digging out from 26 inches here in PA. Thank you.

  16. January 25, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Ha, just what I think we all need for the ‘dead’ of winter. Crystalline snow and muddy black snow—just wears thin quickly. Gorgeous blooms…and your artful designs, Blessings, Sandi

  17. Cindy
    January 25, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Ok! Mary! WHY hasn’t EVERY magazine stylist snatched you up! Ha! You ARE the decor guru for sure! Every post is an inspiration !! Such perfect and beautiful detail! I can’t imagine how much time it must take you to decorate in such detail! I like to think of myself as a master decorater and all the comments from friends and family agree! BUT! My girl! You have taken it to a level of pure perfection and delight in ALL your decor!! And let’s not forget about the FOOD!! Wow oh wow! Everything is creative and looks delicious!!!! Great job! To say the least! I have enjoyed it all!! I look forward as sooo many to all your incredible posts!!! blessings!! Cindy

  18. January 25, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Your pictures are medicine for the soul! I have no snow but what a delight it was to view your pics this morning.
    You must have the perfect spot for your snowball viburnum. It is AWESOME!
    Can’t thank you enough for your inspiration today! I’m inspired.

  19. franki
    January 25, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Ahhh…a breath of visionary spring!! I need to buy a flowering plant…when we can finally dig out… franki

  20. Mary
    January 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Beautiful and enchanting! Thank you for sharing.

  21. January 25, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Oh Mary, this is JUST what I needed, thank you for always bringing us such beauty through your posts. It makes me smile and warms my heart to see all this amazing beauty. I will be going back to see again some of these great posts. Stay warm and cozy and have a SUNNY day!

  22. January 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    What a lovely post . . . it is easy to get those ole wintertime blues, but spring is just around the corner. This will be my first year with my potting shed/green house, so I’m excited to get a head start :)

  23. January 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    How the heck did I miss almost every single one of these GORGEOUS posts??? I must have been totally in a fog for most of the year, Mary. I am going to visit each one, just to drink in the beauty & dream of sunshine & warmth to come. SOOOO glad you did this reprise!

  24. Becky
    January 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Just beautiful. Thank you! Just what I needed.

  25. January 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you for this BEAUTIFUL post. Much needed since coming out of the ice today. I am SO ready for Spring!!

  26. Roxanne
    January 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Those pictures made my heart sing! Thank you! And double ditto for what Doreen expressed so eloquently!!

    Do you have any secrets that make your snowball bush bloom so prolifically? My amount of blooms has dwindled over the years. I thought last year maybe the area had gotten too shady, so we limbed up a lot of trees…we will see what the spring brings

    • January 26, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Thanks so much Roxanne! I was surprised to find so many blooms on our snowball bush last spring. We’ll see what happens this year. I bet more sun is the key to more blooms for you! :)

  27. Gail
    January 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Such a variety, all beautiful, from just 1 creative mind, yours

  28. January 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Very pretty Mary! A nice promise of warmer weather to come:@)

  29. January 25, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Mary, your beautiful blooms and photography made a cloudy day a ray of sunshine! Pam @Everyday Living

  30. Rattlebridge
    January 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Mary, flower therapy was just what I needed today! The images are filled with hope, comfort, and joy.

  31. Pondside
    January 26, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Balm for the winter-weary soul!

  32. January 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I bought a bunch of roses yesterday to brighten-up our kitchen. Lovely post!

  33. Melodie Strickland
    January 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Love your flower therapy!! We were finally dug out yesterday afternoon and with today’s temperature reaching 55 degrees, a lot of snow has melted. Bring on spring!!

  34. February 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Oh how gorgeous! I loved the bike spilling over with flowers~!

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