Chalking It Up To Welcome Spring


Happy first day of Spring!

I’m chalking it up to welcome Spring on my Potting Shed door!


We’ve had some beautiful spring weather here in North Carolina with temperatures 70s and 80s in the last couple of weeks, more typical of May than March. We’re chiller this morning, with temperatures in the 40s and 30s today and tomorrow, but the forecast is for temperatures to climb back to the 70s by Wednesday.


The cherry, pear and plum trees are flowering. . .


Daffodils and forsythia, the harbingers of spring, are blooming. . .


 And nothing says spring like the fragrance of hyacinths!



Bees are already buzzing . . .




And I’m ready for the bloom!


Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather where you are!

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  39 comments for “Chalking It Up To Welcome Spring

  1. Teresa
    March 20, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I am so ready for the blooms! It is still chilly in IL.Love your chalkboard, your very talented!

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  3. Ellen Stillabower
    March 20, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Weather in Indiana is spring, fall & winter like all in the same day….but our daffodils, crocus and some trees are blooming..another couple weeks and maybe we’ll be in full spring!! Beautiful chalk board and potting shed…💐🌷🌺🌻💐

  4. March 20, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Mary, I just adore how you’ve tucked in blossoms in your BLOOM sign! The weather has been glorious for the past several weeks, hasn’t it?

  5. Michelle
    March 20, 2016 at 7:23 am

    We are having rain here in Tampa! First day of spring and rain for the blooms! Have a great week!😎🌴

  6. March 20, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Hi Mary, The floral scent must be heavenly there with the cherry blossoms and hyacinths in bloom! We are having a glorious unexpectedly sunny day (still in the 20s) after predictions of up to 15″ of snow. (Our neighboring town even cancelled the big local annual St. P Day parade for today!) But I’m happy to have the sun ~~ the daffodils which just popped this week and the buds on the trees are safe now. I’m in love with your blooming Bloom and the floral pitcher too! Linda

  7. March 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Happy First Day of Spring, Mary! Your potting shed door is blooming with Springtime cheer and happiness and so is your Adirondack chair overlooking the water. Enjoy your day!

  8. Linda L
    March 20, 2016 at 7:48 am

    An absolute delight. Mary were you an art student? Your drawings look so effortless. Happy first day of Spring.

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Linda! Yes, I was an art major :)

  9. March 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Hi Mary! Your Chalkboard is beautiful…as are all of your BLOOMS! I am SO ready for spring and will be heading to North Carolina in just a couple of weeks…and I cannot wait! We have NO blooms here at all! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!!

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Jeanne, I hope you have some beautiful weather while you’re here! Dog kisses to Chloe & LadyBug ♥

  10. March 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Thank you for starting my 1st day of spring with a BLOOM, Mary! I love the photo of your lake chair back with the daffodils, 🌷, gorgeous! I love seeing all the blooming trees and hearing the chirping birds, everything just feels so happy! What better way to welcome spring than a chalkboard door to a shed full of beautiful blooms! Happy Peeps week!

  11. Janet O. Robinson
    March 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Your daffodils and first signs of Spring are beautiful. We have had such a warm winter by Maine standards, but, like you, we are COLD this morning and expecting 6 inches of snow! We are not happy as our grass is green and we have not had snow cover in weeks. Thank you for sharing on this first day of Spring! I always love your pictures of beautiful Lake Norman! Jannieo

  12. March 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Would you believe I woke up to SNOW this morning?! I am sooo sick of winter. Your post is truly a breath of fresh Spring air. I can almost smell those hyacinths & I bought a purple one just yesterday, so it could open up inside the house. I couldn’t wait for the ones outside to bloom.
    BTW, something has eaten ALL the tops off every single one of my tulips!!!!!Grrrrr!!! Last year, they ate only the reds ones, this year they chomped off every single one of them before the buds even came up. *sigh*

    I love that chintz pitcher…new purchase??? If so, where??

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Rett, So sorry about your tulips! I gave up on trying to grow tulips a long time ago and settled for daffodils, which aren’t palatable to deer or any furry critter :). The chintzware pitcher came from HomeGoods several years ago, used on my table with my grandmother’s flower garden quilt, here.

  13. March 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    The pic of the chair is absolutely perfect Mary! Very peaceful looking. We’re supposed to see some snow tonight… Ugh. I’m ready for warm weather and grilling out-enjoy:@)

  14. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    March 20, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Love that door and your pics are amazing.

  15. Bonnie Keearns
    March 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the lovely Spring welcoming; it was very warming since we got a dusting of snow this morning! Can’t wait to be able to enjoy the bountiful Spring flowers and birds, but have to get through Mr Winter’s last stand! Happy Spring Mary <3

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Bonnie, I hope you have a spring thaw soon!

  16. March 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Hooray for Spring… and the abundance of blossoms everywhere. Today it’s overcast and 60ish in Seattle, perfect for a stroll with the camera (and a jacket). Your photos are inspiring!

  17. barbara
    March 20, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Ilike yours much better.They are just gorgeous, and I’m definitely going to make them.!

  18. March 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Spring is indeed very welcome. Your potting shed is cheerful with such a decorative chalk door with your artistic touch.Love your spring flowers.

  19. Melodie Strickland
    March 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Happy Spring Mary!! Like your area, our temperatures are in the 40’s today and it is raining. Love the potting shed and decorations. Your hyacinths are already in bloom and I’m sure they smell heavenly. Our hyacinths are popping up out of the ground. Some of them will probably bloom once the temperatures go into the 70’s on Wednesday.

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Happy Spring Melodie! After all our rainfall this fall, we need some spring rain.

  20. franki
    March 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I nipped some viburnum branches yesterday and they are just starting to open today…fragrance two rooms away!! Luv your chalk drawings!! franki

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Franki, Lucky you with viburnum to snip! We planted a shrub last spring that I need to water with lots of Miracle-Gro :)

  21. Rose Marie
    March 20, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I love the pitcher in your post. It looks like “Spring” itself! The flowers are beautiful and cause my “flower” juices to flow!

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Rose Marie, I love your name ♥. My flower juices flow daily :)

  22. Christina Marie ott
    March 20, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Your shed is cute for spring you did a nice job on it I love your cute little dogs

  23. Marie in AZ
    March 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Love those cheery blossoms! Thanks for brightening my day….

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Happy first day of Spring Marie!

  24. Linda
    March 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    :-) Sigh……..

  25. rattlebridge farm
    March 20, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    It sleeted here today! But just for a few minutes. Your beautiful pictures of spring brought sunshine and happiness to my neck of the woods. According to the Yahoo weather forecast, Thursday should be in the 70s. I can’t wait! Give the girls a big ole hug from Aunt Mlee.

  26. Cynthia Raines
    March 20, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Happy Spring Mary! Your post is such a delight – Love the daffodils! It will be pretty chilly here in MI this week in the 30’s and rainy. We were spoiled with 50’s and 60’s a few weeks ago, but the good news is it won’t be long before warmer weather comes for us too! Thanks for sharing such delightful pictures!

  27. March 21, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Your shed is delightful and certainly a wonderful place to celebrate the first day of Spring! Thanks so much, Mary!

  28. March 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Mary I love your site and check in often when I need some inspiration and to smile. Any hints on stringing a glass jar to hang like you do. My attempt to do one for a still life/vignette I was going to paint ending in it slipping and a messy smash! :(( Helpful hints welcome. Thanks

    • March 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Gloria! I used some heavy duty garden twine and wrapped it around the lip of the jar where the threads are, three or four times. I made a loop to attach and hang the jar from there. If your knot is secure and your twine is strong you should be OK :) Happy Easter!

  29. March 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    So bloomin’ beautiful Mary! Yes, enjoining the weather but not the pollen!….Can’t wait to spiff up the porches when the pollen leaves!

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