Garden to the Table Dinnerware Giveaway!


June is Perennial Gardening Month and I’ve been busy planting and adding perennials to a garden bed by the Potting Shed.


 I also enjoy tabletop gardening which is a little less vigorous ;) so I’m sharing some dish love with a giveaway!


Provence Garden by Kim Parker for Mikasa, brings the vivid beauty of the garden to the table with a bright palette of florals.


In celebration of gardening season and to bring the garden to the table, I’m giving away a Mikasa Kim Parker Provence Garden 16 piece dinnerware set, to one winner.


The dinnerware set includes (4) each: 10-1/2 inch dinner plate, 8 inch salad plate, 24 ounce soup/cereal bowl and 14 ounce mug.


My containers are blooming with a garden variety of summer annuals~ Verbena, Geranium, Lobeila, Petunia, and Bacopa. . .


Sweet William, Angelonia and Black-eyed Susan.


For a chance to win and enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite summer flower or perennial!

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


For a third chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook or Pinterest.  Leave an additional comment for a third entry telling me so.

(The FB sharing button is at the bottom of this post and the Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo).


A winner will be chosen June 22nd.



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


Happy Gardening!


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  391 comments for “Garden to the Table Dinnerware Giveaway!

  1. June 8, 2016 at 6:05 am

    My favorite summer flower is a beautiful rose, Double Delight. Thank you for your always beautiful posts.

    • Geri Duncan
      June 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

      I love sunflowers. They remind me of summers in Provence, where you see fields and fields of them. Bright and strong and beautiful!

      June 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm


    • Jemney
      June 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      My favorite summer flowers are Sweet Peas, with their pastel blooms so light and airy and such fragrant scent.

    • Jemney
      June 8, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      I posted to my fb page

  2. June 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

    I love a profusion of zinnias. They attract bees, hummingbirds, and goldfinches who love to pluck off the petals to get to the seeds.

  3. June 8, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I subscribe by email and follow on Facebook.

  4. June 8, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Shared on Facebook.

  5. Deb
    June 8, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Foxgloves are a special for me.

  6. Lindylu
    June 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I love all flowers, simple and exotic! Their beauty and the miracle of them, how they grow so big and colorful from a tiny seed to how they evoke feelings of peace and love! I love the fragrance of an heirloom rose, the spicy scent of a geranium and the intoxicating smells from petunias. Peoney is such a beautiful, full flower and it has a beautiful scent. One of my favs for sure. But I have to say, I do think the common, ordinary petunia is my favorite overall because of that intoxicating fragrance and because bless their little hearts, they just bloom and bloom and bloom their hearts out for you all summer long, and spread and just put on a spectacular show! Love your blog and all the things of beauty you post. You truly have a gift for the beautiful!

  7. Mary Logan
    June 8, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Black eyed Susan for the perennials and morning glory’s that volunteer every year to come back! email and pinterest! thank you!

  8. Linda L
    June 8, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I love my coneflowers and so do the birds and butterflies. Just a wooza post!

  9. Sue
    June 8, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Good morning Mary!! I have to say I just love the little flower of the Bacopa. For the past few years I have planted them in all my little pots that sit on a bakers rack on my back patio. One question. Do you feed your flowers all summer long? They are so gorgeous!!! And yes I am a subscriber. Love your blog. xoxo

  10. Peggy
    June 8, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Once again Mary beautiful pics! Cosmos!!! They are beautiful in my vegetable gardens as well as under my front living room window where I can watch them blow in the summer breezes!!!!

  11. Vanessa Clark
    June 8, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Beautiful dinnerware, let’s have a dinner party. I love all the flowers but my favorite would be the rose.

  12. tammy kubitz
    June 8, 2016 at 6:57 am

    All the flowers are my favorite. But, if i had to narrow it down to just one, it would be stargazer lily

  13. June 8, 2016 at 7:00 am

    There is such a profusion of blooms this time of year that I would almost need to flip a coin to pick a special one. I have hydrangea and phlox but the deer ate the promising buds on the hydrangea and the phlox right down to the ground. My sentimental favorite is the peony, the fragrance of the short-lived beauty. When my husband was alive, he would go to the Farmers Market very early on Saturdays and would return with a bouquet of peonies. He would then wake me up with flowers and coffee. Life was never better!!!

  14. Patti
    June 8, 2016 at 7:02 am

    My favorite spring perennial is a certain single peony that came from my Dad, that he got from his Mom. I will be sharing with my daughter and son.

  15. June 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

    This is like naming your favorite child – hard! Blue iris and orange poppy combination, I think. Thank you, Mary, for the opportunity to feed my dish fetish. ;)

  16. June 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Of course I am a subscriber!

  17. Joan Riker
    June 8, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I love Iris, all of the beautiful varieties but especially the pink ones and purple coneflowers which attract bees and butterflies. My new favorite annual is white Angelonia. Love white gardens in the moonlight! And love these beautiful dishes nestled in the planter boxes. Thank you

  18. June 8, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Your green ladder looks perfectly happy in the garden, Mary, blooming with the planters and the pretty dishes! Hmmmm, it’s hard to choose a favorite flower, but this year, I’m really enjoying my hydrangeas. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m already an email subscriber of yours. I’m looking forward to seeing your newly planted perennial garden. May you have a beautiful day, playing with your posies and dishes! ❤️

  19. June 8, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Your flowers are beautiful Mary, enjoy perennial month:@)

  20. Sheila barker
    June 8, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Shared on Facebook. Love the sunflower.

  21. Beth Gilreath
    June 8, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I’ve been a subscriber for quite awhile, love all the beautiful tables you put together almost as much as pictures of the dogs. My favorite annual is red Morning Glories and the perennial would be Iris in any color. Your blog makes my day.

  22. Kathi
    June 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I love all these vibrant colors on this post and all the flowers are gorgeous. My favorite summer flower is the hydrangea. I have shared this post on Facebook so that many more people can enjoy!

  23. Coleen Guest
    June 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Tough decision but I’ll pick Gaura for its soothing, graceful movements. It’s a must have for me.

  24. Coleen Guest
    June 8, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Subscribe by email and shared giveaway on Pinterest!

  25. Alicia
    June 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I love Gladiolas and Hydrangea! PS: I follow on FB

  26. June 8, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Oh Mary, Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?? BEAUTIFULLY, I’d say, with your ladder looking so cleverly adorned in the garden with the planters and the pretty dishes! My favorite flower, depends on the month…lily of the valley in May, peonies in June & roses in July. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I’m already an email subscriber. Can’t wait to see your newly planted perennial garden.

  27. Alicia
    June 8, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I saved the giveaway to my Pinterest board “Blog Love”. Stowebaker is my Pinterest name

  28. June 8, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Oh my stars what beautiful dishes! I would have to say lilacs are a favorite of mine. We’re visiting friends and I was blessed with lilacs for over a week before they faded.

  29. Jacki
    June 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

    My favorite perennial is purple coneflower – I have two ready to plant right now! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  30. Jacki
    June 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I’m a follower!

  31. Sherri
    June 8, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I have so many favorites, but partial to old fashion flowers like hydrangeas, dahlias, azaleas and the list goes on. My gardens are a sharing garden as I have lily of the valley, and daylilies from my mom and English bluebells from my grandmother whom have both passed. Love, love, love walking through the garden beds when they start popping up which bring so many fond memories of them both. I’m a follower via email and just now via pinterest.

  32. Nancy
    June 8, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I love your blog! It is so beautiful and is a treat for me to read every day! I especially love roses of any kind! I subscribe via email.

  33. Jacki
    June 8, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I shared on Facebook!

  34. Shay Moore
    June 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I love pink coneflower, they are so hardy and love the southern heat.

  35. Karen
    June 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I love to see the colorful mix of all flowers. Just seeing them makes the day better. Your gardens are beautiful. I follow by e-mail and Pintrest. Thanks for the lovely give away.

  36. Liz
    June 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I love all flowers! but my favorite is peonies!

  37. Ribsy
    June 8, 2016 at 8:20 am

    My favorite summer bulb is the zephyr Lilly or rain Lilly. It’s such a joy to see them reappear after their pot is stashed away for the winter. I was given a pot from my sister in law who got them from her father who said they were is grandmother’s. Many past and future generations of zephyr lilies!!
    I would love a set of these beautiful dishes!
    I shared on Facebook!

  38. Sarah
    June 8, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I follow on email. Peonies would be a summer favorite flower.

  39. Meredith
    June 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I love daylilies, lots of daylilies, and of course hydrangeas. I enjoy your blog and your inspiring table settings.

  40. franniemeshorer
    June 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

    wanted to share my thoughts that i shared with my facebook friends, my garden club, and all my internet ‘gurlfrenz’.

    you will NOT find a finer, more wonderous blogsite than HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS … such imagination and color and inspiraton to bring pure joy to your life! AND Mary is so incredibly generous in beautiful give-aways … check out the gorgeous summery dinnerware SET she is giving away this month!

    i have often used ideas she has shared with her followers in my own little parties and decoration! she is truly QUEEN of DELIGHTS in her photos, her stories, her decoration, her ideas, tips and inspiration, her menus, her table settings, her sharing, and her zest for life!

    my favorite summer flower has always been SUNFLOWERS … nothing cheers me more than a row of those cheery matriarchs of the garden standing watch over all the splendor and riot of color that God has provided to bring us JOY!

    Thank you Miss Mary, Mary Quite Extraordinary!

  41. Susan
    June 8, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Hydrangeas, roses and lilies are some of my favourites. I love dishes, different for every meal.

  42. June 8, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Beautiful garden and sweet dishes! Your tablescapes to me always are beautiful. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  43. Brenda
    June 8, 2016 at 8:27 am

    My favorite summer flower is hydrangea.

  44. Karen Boehlert
    June 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I love them all but my very favorite is the beautiful, wee, forget-me-not.

  45. Jean
    June 8, 2016 at 8:32 am

    The wonderful fragrance of “Lillies of the Valley” in the springtime coupled with the crisp white petite flowers with the long green leaves as their backdrop.

  46. Linda Charlton
    June 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Peonies are my absolute fave. Mine are still blooming. I pinned and saved to FB as well as subscribed. Hope I am the winner.

  47. Donna C
    June 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I love hibiscus. I have two on my patio- one red with a white center and the other has blooms which are yellow with red and pink centers. So beautiful!

  48. Terry
    June 8, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I love peonies and sunflower

  49. June 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful, beautiful dinnerware and how fabulous they look among your gorgeous flowers and garden!…Have to say that hydrangeas are my favorite summer flower!

  50. Karen A. Croskey
    June 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    All flowers are beautiful but I’m sticking with the classics—hybrid tea roses, peonies and iris. Summer faves are geraniums and angelonia!

  51. June 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I live in FL so we have flowers year round but, my favorite flowers are my bleeding hearts. The plant is so full it looks like cascades of snow with a color pop of a little red heart at each flowers tip. I love all your posts & photos and follow you via Email, plus I did a pin on Pinterest, would love to add some flowers to my table with Provence by Mikasa!!

  52. Lisa Maxwell
    June 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I enjoy your blog so so much! It’s always so inspirational!

  53. June 8, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I love sunny yellow nasturtiums and clematis climbers. Angel trumpets, too!

  54. June 8, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I love so many flowers, this is hard! I guess it would be a low growing Quince that came from my mother’s. The vibrant orange flowers make up for the prickly thorns, and the other would be my Milk and Wine lilies that came from my grandmothers. I am very family oriented and love to give and receive bulbs and cuttings from my family members.

    Angela Brewer

  55. June 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I am a very happy follower!

  56. June 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Sharing on Facebook now!

  57. June 8, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Shared on Facebook!

  58. June 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

    My favorite summer flower is the hydrangea. Wonderful blooms in many colors from white, blue, pink and even purple! Drying the blooms are fun for Fall arrangements. I love all your posts! Thank you for sharing this awesome Give-a-way! Have a great week!!

  59. June 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I love the Gerber daisy. They are such vibrant colors and they make me happy when I see them.

  60. Brenda Schmadeke
    June 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Mary, I love Lantana – here in NC it is perennial, and it blooms all summer (I pick off the post-blossoms) and it attracts butterflies like crazy. And I love, love, love the Provence Garden dinnerware!

  61. patmay1122
    June 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I also pinned the post

  62. Anne
    June 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I love Johnny- Jump- ups and violets. Just come back to greet you every year.

  63. June 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I follow you on Facebook and love to share your posts with my friends!! Have a wonderful week!!

  64. Deana
    June 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

    My favorite summer flower would be sunflowers or peonies! These dishes are beautiful and remind of Alice in Wonderland! Thanks!!

  65. Deana
    June 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I also subscribe to the blog :)

  66. Deana
    June 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I also shared on Pinterest :)

  67. Wanda jordan
    June 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Like you I love pretty table setting. I try to change mine monthly to something. I love these flowered things. We lost our store here so don’t know where to find unless got internet. And to ship dishes is expensive. So I’ll just have to keep looking I guess. Thanks for sharing your place setting they inspire me. Keep on challenging me to do more.

  68. June 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hydrangeas are my favorite Summer flower. They give you so many options for color from very deep blues to white, with dusty rose to pale pink. Amazing and hardy plant that is easy to grow and to propagate, reminds me of growing up in the SE.

  69. Donna H Howell
    June 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I follow you on Facebook and email. Shared your blog on Facebook. My favorite summer flower is Zinnias, I love the many colors in one bed.

  70. June 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    My pleasure to post on Facebook and Pinterest. Your photos make smiles appear, love sharing that nice feeling.

  71. June 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Table top gardening is my favorite Mary! What a fun and colorful pattern…when I first saw your blooming ladder, I swear I stopped breathing for a second it is so over the top cute!!! What a great giveaway from the greenest thumb on the planet!

  72. Sandy Brownell
    June 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This year my favorite flower is the milkweed, because it’s the host plant for the Monarch butterfly.

  73. donley1214
    June 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Just like the other readers it is so difficult to choose only one flower. I think I would have to say the pink cone flower. Not only are they long lasting but they stay with me through the winter and feed the birds. The colors in your pictures are breath taking.

  74. donley1214
    June 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Shared on facebook

  75. donley1214
    June 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Also pinned on Pinterest. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win these beautiful dishes

  76. Brenda Smith
    June 8, 2016 at 9:24 am

    My favorite flower is the plumbego. It’s billowing branches are filled with the soft blue clusters.

  77. madonna
    June 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Hydrangeas and I love your displays, so sweet in the flowers themselves.

  78. Patti
    June 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful flowers & dishes! Limelight hydrangea are my favorite & I finally planted 3 bushes this spring. Flowers are blooming already! I am an email subscriber & I shared on Pinterest. I appreciate your blog everyday, you are so talented!

  79. Rhonda
    June 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hydrangeas are my favorite summer flower. I have a small hedge of fluffy white hydrangeas next to my patio.

  80. Rhonda
    June 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I follow you on FB and thru email, don’t want to miss a single post.

  81. Rhonda
    June 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Shared on Facebook.

  82. Kate
    June 8, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Sunflowers and roses are my favorites but I enjoy all flowers!!!

  83. Ellen Stillabower
    June 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Love the summer floral dishes..all your annuals match perfect..what a treat to eat off these!! My favorite summer flower is the Zinnia!! I love all their color combinations and they just keep giving and favorite perennial is Garden Floxs..I have several colors and they are long lasting and have a wonderful aroma..and sometimes they will give blooms twice in a summer!! I also follow you on Facebook and Pinterest…I will share for sure!! Thanks again for another great giveaway!! 🌻🌺🌼🌸💐🌷🌹

  84. Susan
    June 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    My favorite are red geraniums. However, this summer I have my first Mexican sunflower and I am enjoying watching it take shape so much. It’s center is really unusual. Love the “blooming ” dishes.

  85. Anne
    June 8, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Hydrangeas are my favorite! Love all the varieties of this beautiful flower.

  86. Anne
    June 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I follow you through emails, Facebook and Pinterest.

  87. Anne
    June 8, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I shared through Pinterest.

  88. Beth
    June 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Always a hard choice to pick just one. For for me, it is not summer without an abundance of “Endless Summer” blue hydrangeas.
    Mary, your pictures of flowers and arrangements are beautiful. Thank you

  89. Crystal Sell
    June 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I love so many different flowers. My favorite summer flower would have to be sunflowers.
    crystalrsell at gmail dot com

  90. Jane
    June 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Love morning glories, black-eyed susans, hydrangea. Heck I love them all!!!!

  91. June 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Mary, I have a difficult time singling out a favorite in my garden, but the plumbago certainly blooms from spring to first freeze, if we have a freeze. The golden thryallis and oak leaf hydrangeas are also my constant bloomers.
    The garden dishes are gorgeous, but it’s all your glorious planters filled with bright color that has my heart singing. I want to hire you to be my gardener! ;-)
    Thanks for sharing all this beauty to start my day!

  92. Cheryl Bell
    June 8, 2016 at 9:51 am

    My absolute favorite flower is the one I’m looking at when I’m asked. Truly, when I’m looking at roses…they’re my favorite. When I’m looking at dahlias…my favorite…coneflowers…my favorite….iris….my favorite….
    I don’t see myself as fickle. I just love flowers as do you!
    Love your photos and I’m sharing this on FB.
    Good luck Ladies.

  93. Joy B
    June 8, 2016 at 9:53 am

    How pretty those dishes look with all your beautiful flowers surrounding them! My favorite summer perennial is probably daylilies, but there are so many flowers I love, that it is hard to pick just one. Roses, butterfly bush, bee balm, etc. Flowers are the best part of summer to me.

  94. Joy B
    June 8, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I follow your blog by email and always enjoy reading it.

  95. Pat Willoughby
    June 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I love a flower I can enjoy inside and outside. Hydrangea fills the bill on that one for sure. I also love something that is not exactly a flower but I love to see Creeping Jenny spilling over my pots and creeping down the sides! I love every photo and all this eye candy makes me happy!!

  96. Shelley Trunnell
    June 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Lantana is so versatile. Tough yet beautiful. In one plant you can get 3-4 colors. Beautiful dishes, thanks for your almost daily pictures of wonderful things.

  97. Joy B
    June 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I shared this on Pinterest. I have several other Kim Parker pins on there are well.

  98. June 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    My heart just sings when my dinner plate dahlias bloom at this time of year! I’m looking at 5 of them right now through my french doors. I am a loyal follower by email! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  99. Sandi Allen
    June 8, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Your flowers are so Beautiful and those colors….Love!!!!’

  100. June 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

    My new favorite for summer is my David Austin heirloom rose, Belle Story…pink, delicate and very fragrant! As we grow lots of lavender here in three varieties, I do need to include that as well. Right in the middle of lavender harvest here, a bit earlier than usual due to hot, hot, hot weather! Ahhhh, life on the farm! The beautiful Provence Garden dishes would be so lovely on our summer table out here in Oregon!

  101. June 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I also follow your posts and emails…they make my mornings!

  102. June 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This is bound to be another one of Mary’s delightful giveaways! I would love to set my table with these beautiful dishes.

  103. June 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Love the fragrance of wisteria I always feel spring is here when they are in bloom.

  104. Diana
    June 8, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I love hydrangea! We can’t grow them here in the desert, but I love seeing them flowering in your posts and I try to pick them up at the market when available.

  105. Darlene
    June 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Impatiens and hydrangea, especially Nikko blue. Lovely pattern

  106. Diana
    June 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I’d love an extra entry as I am a subscriber via e-mail too!

  107. Darlene
    June 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I am a daily follower by email as well!

  108. Darlene
    June 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I just shared on Facebook too!

  109. Suzanne Weisz
    June 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Hydrangeas, Peonies and Daisies are my favorite flowers. They make me smile.
    Everything about this post also makes me smile. Your flowers and the plates are gorgeous!

  110. Sheree
    June 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Peonies are my all-time favorite flower.

  111. Sheree
    June 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I am a subscriber

  112. Marylou
    June 8, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Mary, the way you arrange your flowers and plates are so beautiful!! Your blog makes me happy!

  113. Susan
    June 8, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I love this post! So colorful. I love this china. It is very different than any I have and would make any occasion happier.
    My favorite flower is the zinnia. They are easy to grow, long lasting blooms, great for cutting and so many colors to enjoy!

  114. Susan
    June 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Oh yeah… I posted this to two of my Pinterest boards, China and Tablescapes.

  115. Marilyn
    June 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

    What a glorious, colorful post! My favorites would include peonies, iris, petunias and bright red geraniums. The more color, the better. :-)

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  116. Susan Crozier
    June 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I subscribe by email and follow on Facebook. I love Black Eyed Susans!

  117. Ellen K
    June 8, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Love the lilies! And shared on Facebook….

  118. June 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    My favorite perennial is the old-fashioned tall dark pink garden phlox that comes back every year.

  119. Diana
    June 8, 2016 at 10:31 am

    My favorite summer flowers are sweet William and forget me nots. My brother Bill is the only brother (out of 3) I have left so sweet William is special to me. My sisters and I all exchanged forget me nots when we established our own homes. I have shared on Facebook, pinned on Pinterest, and am subscribed on email. I love seeing your tablescapes as it is something I am passionate about.

  120. Sandra Lee
    June 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I like hydrangeas. They are big, soft, fluffy.

  121. Susie
    June 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Peonies, snapdragons, sweet pea, roses…..really? Do I have to choose?
    Mary, this is the happiest china pattern yet! Great colors and you are fearless mixing textures and color–always to wonderful effect.

  122. Rosa Garrett
    June 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    My favorite summer flowers are geraniums….all colors! Thanks for the chance to win. Shared on Facebook.

  123. Sherry
    June 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Love so many if I had to narrow it down to one I would say hydrangea.

  124. June 8, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Doodlebug Daylilies ~ for starters. Color rules! Thanks for sharing.

  125. Sherry
    June 8, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Subscribe by email.

  126. Patti Anderson
    June 8, 2016 at 11:14 am


  127. June 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

    As always your photos and staging are stunning. Oh, I would love to win these beautiful dishes. I would use half of them to put on display in a flower box arrangement on my covered porch like you did. I love flowers but they are so expensive, so my flower boxes always look sparse and pretty dishes sure add color with no worries about adding miracle grow. Ha. I would use the other part of the set inside my cottage. Your posts are so inspiring and now I am going to hunt for some mis matched dishes at Goodwill to spruce up my anemic flower boxes.

    1. My favorite summer flower is Black-Eyed Susan. I used to volunteer in a woman’s domestic violence center. In the summer I planted these flowers in bright colored cheerful containers in the court yard, to remind the abused women that even though they had been abused in emotional or physical ways that they were still beautiful to God and others.
    2. I am a email subscriber and look forward to each post.
    3. I pinned many of the photos from this post to my Pinterest board about Garden décor and Greenhouse dreams.

    Thanks for a wonderful inspiring blog.

  128. songbird101
    June 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

    My favorite is Purple Cone flower!

  129. songbird101
    June 8, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I shared on facebook!

  130. Carrie Cederholm
    June 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Hydrangeas! Always have loved them.

  131. songbird101
    June 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I follow on face book!

  132. June 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Love the arrangement with the flowers and dishes, so summery. Beautiful job.

  133. June 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I absolutely LOVE Lilacs! Although they are only around for such a short time, they are so awesome!

  134. June 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Love your site. My favorite flower would be blue Hydrangea.

  135. Patti Kachmar
    June 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The dishes displayed among the flowers was too cute. My favorite flower is hydrangea.

  136. June 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I know there are those who would beg to differ, but I adore Daylilies. I have about 20 varieties in a large bed intermixed with other perrenials. They have no pests, come back every year without fail and multiply so I can share with friends and expand my own gardens.

  137. cigalechanta
    June 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I like the marriage of peonies and lavender that remind me of my earthly paradise, Provence, where I spent 14 years of vacationing with my husband until he died 9 years ago and haven’t returned since. Not my sun here so at the mercy f my florist,


  138. Susan
    June 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Enjoy reading your blog; peonies and roses.

  139. Cynthia Jensen
    June 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    My all-time favorite flower is the Peony. So fragrant, big and bossy!

  140. CherylK
    June 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I have a peach David Austin Tamora Rose that makes my heart sing! I am also an email subscriber and Facebook follower. Thanks!

  141. Cindy H
    June 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    The flower that evokes so many memories of my home state of Hawaii and the many years of living in North Carolina is the gardenia. To me, the gardenia represents love and hospitality and there is no other scent that touches my soul more.

  142. June 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Our backyard is done in perennials and they are in full bloom here in Texas. My husband and I love them all and we can’t say that we have a favorite. The dishes set among the blooms is lovely. Flowers are like friends in our lives and we don’t realize their beauty until it fades. Have a great day. Your display is lovely.

  143. Natallie Kuskie
    June 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    My happy flower is a memory of my grandpa….BEGONIA’s! We live near the coast and his favorite thing to see was all his hard work planting the garden beds full of Begonia’s. He was always very proud of how they looked! Now for me….. having them in my garden brings him along and adds a happy memory everyday while they are blooming!

  144. Morwenna Schifter
    June 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Peonies are my favorite. Their scent is intoxicating! I plant several to cut for myself and to share with friends and neighbors!

  145. Marilyn/Ohio
    June 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Where do I begin?? I love all summer flowers, adore Hydrangeas especially. My Knock Out rose is really a – well – “knock out” this year! Unfortunately I am physically unable to do much with flowers this year, so I live vicariously through blogs like this one….and Home is Where the Boat Is is at the top of my list.

  146. Marilyn/Ohio
    June 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I subscribe to email.

  147. Marilyn/Ohio
    June 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest and Facebook…sharing on each one.

    • Marilyn/Ohio
      June 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      I “NEED” those dishes!!!!

  148. June 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    it’s a toss up between Zinnia’s, Gladiolis and Dahlias… Love them all..

  149. Chloe Garden
    June 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Could I win the linens instead? Just kidding, but I love your tablescapes and enjoy the mix of linens and dishes you choose. My favorite summer flower is the star jasmine that covers the wall outside my garage. Its green foliage is beautiful year-round, but the fragrance and show of the blooms in spring are amazing.

  150. Catherine Alesandrini
    June 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I love the smell of Lilacs when I walk out onto my porch in the spring. Then come the big beautiful heads of hydrangea in the summer. But, the morning glories covering the picket fence remind me of my childhood.

  151. June 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I have a few favorites so a bit hard to pick one but I love my Hydrangeas, Lantanas, Daylillies and last but not least my Lambs ear!! These plants get bigger and more beautiful every year.

  152. June 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Sharing on face book now.

  153. Mary Michelle
    June 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    My favorite summer flower in my yard are my many varieties of day lilies. I love your photos of your flowers with the dishes mixed in – they make my heart happy.

  154. Margie Scruggs
    June 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the day lily :)

    Sent from my iPhone


  155. Lorraine Turk
    June 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    My very favorite flowers are the old garden roses, Cecil Brunner, Alba Semi Plena, Old Blush, Harrison’s Yellow, Souvenir de Malmaison and on and on and on.

  156. June 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Just Shared on Facebook. :)

  157. June 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Ok. Now you’ve done it. Really? You’re going to make me buy more dishes????!!
    Oh I must have those! And since I’m so sad because our lake house had flooded twice in 2 months and my pool is almost destroyed…all of my annuals are gone and most of my perennials are not coming back….I must have flowers in the form of dish ware!!!! Love Love love them!!

  158. Sandy
    June 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I think I look forward to seeing my mother’s Siberian Irises each year. Before we sold my parents’ homes after their deaths, I transplanted her irises into various containers, and they have gone where ever I have gone! They make me smile. I subscribe and have liked your wonderful posts on FB.

  159. Janice Kramer
    June 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Mary of the delightful garden photos!! So inspirational as always! My favorite summer flower would have to be the geranium. I winter my pretty ladies over and bring them out in the spring to acclimate and flourish. Some of my girls have been with me for over 10 years!

  160. Debbie Gassman
    June 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much for your beautiful posts. I would say my favorite summer flower is the hydrangea. I have the giant white ones that turn lime green in my garden. Once they turn the lime color, I cut them with long stems and bring them in the house to dry. I stick them in the boughs of our Christmas tree and they are still stunning then. Love, love, love to decorate with them all year long until new ones bloom again!!! I found this saying the other day and all of you might appreciate it as well. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” by Marcus Tullius Cicero Enjoy!!!! 💐💐💐 Sent from my iPhone


  161. June 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I love Marigolds in the summer.

  162. suzedoo
    June 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

  163. suzedoo
    June 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Shared on Pinterest

  164. Ann Butler
    June 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I have so many favorites from just being around all my Mom’s gardens growing up. My favorite are Daisy’s but I love Peony, Lily, Sweet Williams, Coneflower, Lobelia, oh the list can go on and on.

  165. Sue Bingeman
    June 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    My favorite flower is the hydrangea. I have about 8 bushes in the back yard and enjoy each beautiful bloom~

  166. ann kretschmer
    June 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    River irises. I wish they lasted longer… Email and Facebook :)

  167. June 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Mary, thank you for the generous give-away. This is my first year following on e-mail and Facebook. Peonies are my favorite, and I have both regular and tree peonies. I entertain quite a bit and use 7 sets of dishes off & on for my themed get-togethers. All your photos are so lovely and I really enjoy them!

  168. June 8, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I love all flowers, but my favorite is the Rose

  169. Alicia
    June 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Roses and Peonies :D I wish the peonies lasted longer, they are only around for a few weeks!

  170. Alicia
    June 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    follow on Facebook :D

  171. Alicia
    June 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    shared on Pinterest username: faitcamofthree

  172. Debra
    June 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    My favorite is the torenia– it just blooms its little heart out for those of us with more shade than sun.

  173. Ann
    June 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Foxglove! This flower reminds me of delightful English gardens! Thanks for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  174. Sandy Rennels
    June 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    My favorite summer flower is hydrangea and the eastern snowball. Since it’s so hot where I live, it is impossible to grow them. So I love seeing your beautiful pictures especially of the snowballs. Your love of beautiful flowers is contagious!

  175. Leslie Witt
    June 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Love so many of them, but Lily of the Valley has always been my favorite!

  176. Carolyn simpson
    June 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I love all flowers even the pretty weeds you pick from the fields. Since I have over 300 day lilies perhaps I should say they are my favorites. I am already a subscriber.

  177. Patti Culver
    June 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    These are beautiful as well as your display. I just love your blog. I just got married and am creating gardens at my husband’s home. He calls me a “mole” because I’m always digging in the yard. I am forwarding this post and your blog to my sister in California. I am sure she would love your bog.
    Patti in Missouri.

  178. Sherlie Magaret
    June 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I am hardpressed to choose a favorite flower, I love them all as they all have something to offer.

  179. BamaCarol
    June 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I love, love, love hydrangeas. And peony but I cannot grow them in my yard. Thank you for the opportunity!

  180. BamaCarol
    June 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I follow via email and Facebook

  181. Nancy Mickelson
    June 8, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Hard to pick a favorite..yet, this year I am drawn to the yellow columbines, they simply make me smile!

    • Nancy Mickelson
      June 8, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      I forgot to mention that I subscribe by email. Thanks for your lovely pictures, they inspire me to bring more beauty to my garden.

  182. Christine B.
    June 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I just love the vibrant blues of the perennial Delphiniums. Your gardens and photos are so beautiful, thanks for sharing them.

  183. June 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Summer all the time when you can look at your beautiful garden. Mighty pretty flowers to admire from someone has a “brown thumb” ,unfortunately, when it comes growing things. I still can appreciate the beauty.

  184. June 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Pick me any sunny, colorful bouquet. I love flowers. I would say my favorite brings back a childhood memory of the sweet peas my grandmother would grow in the desert in California. I can smell them now.
    Love what you grow and what you love will grow.

  185. Marie
    June 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    A harder question would be what summer flower don’t I like! But, if I had to pick favorites it would be peony and sweet peas. Those flowers are powerful reminders of my childhood and loved ones who shared those times. I am trying not to buy any more dishes, but winning a set wouldn’t count so it would be perfect! Thank you for your beautiful posts and a chance to be a “winner”.MM

  186. Marie
    June 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    PS, I am, of course, an email follower. A new post is always welcome. MM

  187. Janet
    June 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the geranium. Every time I plant one, I think of my Grandmother who always had them in her planters on the front porch. She loved sitting on her porch, visiting with family and friends and admiring her flowers.

  188. Marilyn
    June 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    My favorite flower is the gladiola. My late father always gave my twin sister and I a bouquet for our birthday. Thanks for the giveaway.

  189. Joan
    June 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    My favorite flower is Lily of The Valley. I always keep watching during the month of May for them to bloom. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  190. Marion
    June 8, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite flower is the Pansy. Thank you for this generous giveaway.

  191. m'lin
    June 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    My favorite flowers are hydrangeas and phlox. What a fabulous give a way.

  192. Bonnie Bautz
    June 8, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I love when my peonies bloom. Technically they’re spring (they usually bloom in May for me) but that’s the only one I can think of at the moment.

  193. June 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I Love Roses!!! The Dishes are Beautiful!!! Thank-You so much for a chance at this Wonderful Prize. :-)

  194. Lanita Anderson
    June 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity….. My favorite summertime flower is the hydrangea – they are so beautiful and remind me of my grandmother!

  195. Lanita Anderson
    June 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I shared about the giveaway on Pinterest

  196. Peggie Armstrong
    June 8, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Whatever is blooming at the time is my favorite, flowers are just like your children. I have a special place in my heart for the simple daisy, though. It’s so clean and pure.

  197. Marty K.
    June 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I love bright red geraniums and Shasta daisies!

  198. Linda
    June 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I love hydrangea ! They are so pretty just like these pretty flowered dishes !

  199. Randi Cook
    June 8, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    My favorite flower is a sunflower

  200. June 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I am following this blog and on Facebook

  201. Mary Odom
    June 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Love your blog I have been a subscriber for years. My favorite flowers are gladiolas. My grandmother had beds and beds of them in every color. She always had fresh cut flowers on the table, in a time when no one had air condition that just intensified the fragrance. This lovely plate setting was added to my Pintrest board “For the Table.” Thank you for the give-a-way and for an inspiring blog.

  202. Mary Isbell
    June 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    It would have to be hydrangea or maybe Geraniums as they remind me of my Grandmother. I enjoy your blog.

  203. Holly Lawrence
    June 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I have been following you for over a year11 Love love love all you do!! I want your potting shed!

  204. Katie
    June 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I follow by email. Hydrangeas are my favorites.

  205. Teresa D.
    June 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Sunflowers remind me of my Prince Charming’s warm smile and tender heart!!

  206. gloryj
    June 9, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Every spring I look forward to the peonies blooming. When they do, I fill the house with their delicious scent.. then I’m ready for summer. I subscribe to Homes Is Where The Boat Is and I liked on facebook. I also follow on Pinterest. What a beautiful blog.

  207. June 9, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Too many flower loves to have just one favorite! Posted to pinterest for others to enjoy.

  208. Cindy
    June 9, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Naming my favorite flower would be like naming my favorite child…but my endless summer if putting on a beautiful show this year. Then there is black & blue saliva I found several years ago. I love it and so do the hummingbirds. My stand by is lantana. Can’t pick just one.
    I spent Monday in Mooresville shopping and stopped at the best nursery, Brawley’s. Loved it and thought surely you go there. Was I right?

  209. Tracy
    June 9, 2016 at 8:01 am

    A favorite is hard to pick but Turtlehead and Daisy are in the tops.
    This has to be one of my favorite posts by you! Just beautiful!

  210. Chrystal
    June 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

    My favorite summer flower is the red geranium!

  211. June 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

    My favorite flower is Lilly of the Valley.

  212. June 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I follow on FB.

  213. June 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Pinned to pintrest

  214. Debby Lowry
    June 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

    My favorite summer flower is the one that is blooming !
    Probably daisies, really, though, because they can just be plopped into water with no arranging needed.

  215. Cindy Carney
    June 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

    So many to choose but I have to say the classic flower for me is the geranium. I love the deep reds, vibrant fuschias, soft pinks and the stark whites… many colors to pair in a pot with other smaller flowers and different types of hanging plants. Makes for a classic, traditional look which I love!

  216. Gloria
    June 9, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Depending on the day, I could have a different favorite, but one is the day lily because of the many colors and it’s hardiness. No matter how harsh our Midwestern summers get, it just blooms and blooms. It needs little pampering and can be shared with others when rebedding.
    Thank you for your cheerful posts and beautiful pictures. And my grand-dogs love that you share recipes for doggy treats!

  217. June 9, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Without a dout !!! GERANIUMS ! They are showy! Hardy and last through the summer!!! I love simple daisys too ! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  218. June 9, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I am a new follower. Thank you, for the opportunity. I also added on Facebook. Looking forward to beautiful posts, to add color and inspiration to my newsfeed!

  219. kathybrs
    June 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

    My favorite annual is lobelia, dark purple. I shared on my Pinterest page. Love your tablesettings. Will sign up for your email list.

  220. Gina
    June 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    My favorite annual is hydrangea. I had 30 huge spectacular bushes when we lived in Kentucky, but now I live in hot Texas and have only one that requires a lot of care. It is in a pot and move it away from the full sun and kept it moist in this horrible Texas heat. My fingers are crossed that it makes it through its first year. Yes, love your posts and I am a subscriber!

  221. June 9, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Love, love, love your blog…your pictures are an inspiration also. I am a caterer constantly looking for beauty and your taste is what I aspire to. I am a long time subscriber and have used your ideas a lot! This year my geraniums have been my fav because they are a wonderful workhorse…I use red ones a lot because they just make my porch pop!! Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures…love them!!

  222. Annette
    June 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    My favorite summer flower is Dahlia.

  223. Annette
    June 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I subscribe by email.

  224. Annette
    June 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  225. June 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    My favorite flower is the Nikko Blue Hydrangea! Thanks for the chance at these lovely dishes!!!

  226. June 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I have shared on my Facebook page and on Pinterest….I am a true fan….

  227. Cherry Goodson
    June 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I’m I. Love with my garden phlox. They smell solo good and the butterflies love them. The dishes are so pretty. Thanks for the chance. Cherry

  228. debbie Holman
    June 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I love flowers and the recipes are the best. Id love to visit the shed! Id love the dishes also!!!!!

  229. Paula
    June 9, 2016 at 4:03 pm


    You displayed them so very pretty !!

    After 3 days of working in the flower beds, you would think my favorite would be weeds, Yeah, WEEDS BE GONE , is that a flower?? hehehe


  230. June 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I love any & all flowers but my favorite are hydrangeas.

  231. Cheryl R.
    June 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I love all flowers, but hydrangeas and tulips are some of my favorites. The dishes are beautiful and colorful, thank you for the giveaway!

  232. Naomi Tyndale
    June 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I love hydrangeas!

  233. Heather S
    June 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Oooh LA LA :) what a super lovely giveaway! My favorite is the sunflower! Always so cheery and gorgeous!

  234. Heather S
    June 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Oh and I’m both a subscriber and follow on FB too :)

  235. Heather S
    June 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    And I shared this post on Pinterest here —>

  236. Karen Wright
    June 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Favorite flower is the purple petunia! Just love them!!! Subscribe by email and follow on Pinterest!!! Your tablescapes inspire me!!! Thanks for sharing!

  237. June 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    My favorite summer flowers are red geraniums followed by a close second with sunflowers. I love the two together. The more color the better. Thank you for a wonderful blog. I get to take a mini break each day when I disappear into your photos. Thank you.

  238. June 9, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    WOW, these dishes are so pretty and you have displyed them so perfectly among your beautiful flowers! I am going to keep my fingers crossed:) Yo are so generous. BTW, now I know how to get more comments: do a giveaway:):) Thanks for the chance.

  239. June 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I am a follower and I follow on Facebook!

  240. June 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Just shared on FB

  241. Dandi D
    June 9, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    My favorite flowers are salvia and roses.

  242. Dandi D
    June 9, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Followed on Facebook as Dandi Daffyhill.

  243. Miriam P.
    June 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    My favorite summer flowers are Zinnias of all colors!

  244. June 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I follow by email and shared on Pinterest today. My favorite flower is the blue iris.
    Your photos are awesome each and every time.

  245. June 9, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    My favorite summer flowers are Becky Daisies, they are so pretty and are great in arrangements.
    Love your blog!

  246. Angie Brown
    June 10, 2016 at 1:07 am

    My favorite summer flowers are petunias…and impatiens. Especially the red, white and Blue combinations with dark blue lobelia.

  247. Sue Radcliff
    June 10, 2016 at 4:20 am

    There isn’t a flower that I have met that I didn’t love! If I have to pick just one then I must pick red geraniums because my visiting hummingbirds for the summer seem to love them too and I love my hummers! Lol

  248. Mary
    June 10, 2016 at 6:34 am

    I love roses. Sweet smelly ones are the best.

  249. Linda Jarreau
    June 10, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I would feel a traitor to name any one flower as my favorite as I love them all! But my particular favorite this year are St. Joseph’s Lilies (aka Hardy Amaryllis). I ran across a picture of these quite by accident and fell in love with them and their story. They are an old southern lily that nowadays can only be found in old cemeteries or old homesteads. They are also know as “pass along” plants amongst family and friends. I found this to be true as there were absolutely no nurseries in my area that sell these plants. After some research on the internet, I found some vendors that sell the bulbs. I purchased a lot!! I gave some to my sister and planted the rest!! Mine bloomed this week–even though late in the season to do so! I can’t tell you how excited I was to see those blooms. I find it so strange that a plant as beautiful as this has been forgotten! My plan is to make this plant reemerge from its dormant past by passing along to as many family and friends as I can!!

  250. jane collins
    June 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I have never seen a flower I didn’t like. I love them all.

  251. June 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Sunflowers!! Is there any “happier” flower? You just have to smile when you see sunflowers.

  252. Susan Stoeckl
    June 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    My absolute favorite is the hydrangea. I have 14 bushes on a small lot – that is the size of my love for them!

  253. Fran Borhart
    June 10, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I love Impatiens. I plant them every spring.

  254. Fran Borhart
    June 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Would love to win some dishes in this contest so I’m posting on facebook

  255. Sherry M
    June 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Beautiful, Mary! As usual! My favorite summer flower and perennial is the hydrangea. I love it in every color, but my favorites are blue and limelight.

  256. June 10, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    This is a stunning way to share these dishes! Deciding on a favorite is a hard thing to do as many others have attested to . When I am asked that question my answer is “whatever is in bloom”. Right now it is peony, a few iris left, clematis and some beautiful orange poppies !!! Thanks. Always such inspiration to be found on your site.

  257. Pat Vinson
    June 10, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    The dishes are beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win them! I guess my favorite flowers are hydrangeas and peonies.

  258. Pat Vinson
    June 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I forgot to say that I follow by email and Pinterest. You have such beautiful pictures on your blog!

  259. Susan S
    June 10, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Well, though it’s hard to pick one, I’d have to say the I get quite giddy seeing my peonies ready to burst into blooms!
    They seemed to take forever this year and like most years, every time they bloom, a fierce storm comes along and pummels them! Your blog is a joy to visit and I love your sweet dogs!

  260. June 10, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    So gorgeous as usual!…Christine

  261. June 11, 2016 at 12:27 am

    The photos and colors are amazing.Love those dishes I follow by email and shared on Pinterest.
    . My favorite flowers is blue iris and something I can’t grow here-calycanthus or sweet shrub.

  262. Jan McF
    June 11, 2016 at 9:54 am

    My favorite annual is Salvia Black and Blue. The hummingbirds in my garden look for it every year-big favorite! Would love to win these lovely dishes!

  263. Jan McF
    June 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I subscribe to your email and follow you on Pinterest and Facebook. Would love to win the beautiful floral dishware!

  264. Jan McF
    June 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Me again! I posted your dishware giveaway on Facebook. Thanks!

  265. June 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    i love daffodils

  266. Becky
    June 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    If it’s summer and the flowers are blooming they are my favorites in honor of my mom Sweet William is my absolute favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway Becky

  267. Jeanne
    June 13, 2016 at 8:43 am

    My favorite summer flower is the simple daisy.

  268. June 13, 2016 at 9:08 am

    My favorite flower is the regal Delphinium! I’ve posted to FB and Pinterest and I share your blog with friends because I can’t get over how beautiful it always is. Thank you.

  269. Norma McVicker
    June 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

    My favorite flower is gladolia. I have a summer cold and all of the beautiful pictures have made a bad day in the office a cheerful day. Thanks

  270. anjie Oswalt-Smith
    June 13, 2016 at 10:19 am

    The sunflower is my favorite summer flower. They are beautiful for a while, then after they dry, I get to toast the seeds.

  271. Martha
    June 13, 2016 at 11:56 am

    My favorite flower is the Hydrangea, especially the blue. Can’t seem to get mine to turn blue but they do get a very pretty pink/purple.

  272. Martha
    June 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I get your emails. Love your beautiful photos.

  273. Moy
    June 13, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Love Red Geraniums! Being from Long Island it thrives throughout the summer season. If you Pinterest the Hamptons, many homes & restaurants incorporate their beauty. Keep on blooming……. Thank you!

  274. June 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Pretty dishes! I pinned and I subscribe.

  275. Patricia
    June 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    My favorite summer flower is fuschia. Mary your tablescapes and potting shed leave me very awed. And Chloe and Gracie are SO CUTE!!!!!! Thank you so much for always brightening my day.

  276. Kim oberle
    June 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Followed on Facebook and subscribed to the blog. Love cosmos and zinnias for summer color!
    The dishes are beautiful!!!

  277. Peggy Johnson
    June 13, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I love my hydrangeas and begonias

  278. Kelly Hubbard
    June 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I love Daisy and Brown eyed suzys

  279. Martha Franks
    June 14, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Hard to choose a favorite summer flower, but if I must choose it would be the sunflower

  280. Martha Franks
    June 14, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I shared on facebook

  281. Tina Sipe
    June 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I love Hydrangeas and have several different varieties around my home. I am a flower person and really haven’t met too many that I didn’t enjoy. Look @ a flower, and just imagine how awesome Heaven is~!

  282. June 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Wonderful table. My favorite perennial is probably knock out roses I don’t know if it’s because I’m a lazy gardener or they’re so beautiful but it seems to satisfy both! I am email subscriber and I shared your post on Facebook

  283. June 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Peony and lilacs. I just had to share your giveaway on G+. They are a party waiting to happen.

  284. DJ
    June 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I love Sunflowers. I am growing them for the first time in my garden this year.

  285. DJ
    June 14, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I am following my email.

  286. June 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I love all flowers but miss raising roses, daylilies, and lots of other beauties that don’t do well in Florida. I am sharing on my Facebook page and following by email. Thanks!

  287. June 15, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    My favorite flower has got to be the the border carnation!

  288. June 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I follow via Facebook as Stephanie Grant.

  289. June 15, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I shared on Pinterest:

  290. D. Haddox
    June 16, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I love my agapanthus.. They are blooming now!

  291. Cynthia Hayhurst
    June 16, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Picking a favorite flower is like picking your favorite child. How could you? I replanted some Gerber daisies today, so they’re my favorite, today.

  292. Christa Bengtsson
    June 16, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    My favorite flower would have to roses :)

  293. Bev
    June 17, 2016 at 11:53 am

    My favorite flower is the Borage bloom. They are so unique, versatile and petitie. I like the fact they are edible. I incorporate them into savory and sweet dishes.

  294. Dana Matthews
    June 18, 2016 at 12:36 am

    My favorite summer flower right now is morning glory….I have them all of my yard and am enjoying them!

  295. Dana Matthews
    June 18, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I follow on Facebook (Dana Matthews) and by email (

  296. Dana Matthews
    June 18, 2016 at 12:40 am
  297. Brandy Monday
    June 18, 2016 at 4:33 am

    my favorite is my roses and lilly’s.

  298. Brandy Monday
    June 18, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I am subscribed to email and following on facebook

  299. Brandy Monday
    June 18, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Shared on pinterest

  300. Julie Waldron
    June 19, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Mine is lilacs, they smell so good. I just wish they lasted longer!

  301. June 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I follow on FB, Julie Waldron

  302. June 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Shared on Pinterest

  303. Michelle Koerner
    June 20, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I love gardening! Some of my favorites are snapdragons, roses and portulaca!

  304. Gina
    June 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I love, love hydrangeas, the bigger the better!

  305. Janet Boyanton
    June 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    My favorite flowers are Sweetheart Roses.

  306. June 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    I love lily of the valley.

  307. Audra
    June 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I love snap dragons

  308. Madeline
    June 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I love day lilies the most!

  309. June 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I “like” your Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).

    • LeAnn Harbert
      June 20, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I subscribed by email.

  310. June 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook:

  311. June 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I love purple tulips! So pretty! Right now in my vase I have blood orange colored roses that are beautiful.

  312. Cynthia
    June 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I love blue hydrangeas!

  313. Cynthia
    June 20, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I subscribe by email too.

  314. LeAnn Harbert
    June 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I like tiger lilies.

  315. LeAnn Harbert
    June 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I follow on Facebook. JJ Harbert

  316. LeAnn Harbert
    June 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I subscribed to your email.

  317. allyson tice
    June 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    my favorite summer flower are Dahlias!! I love the purple ones the most

  318. allyson tice
    June 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Facebook follower! Allyson Tice

  319. Laura
    June 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I love roses and sunflowers! So pretty!

  320. Katrina Angele
    June 21, 2016 at 5:37 am

    I love so many but a favorite of mine are Peonies

  321. Patricia D
    June 21, 2016 at 6:45 am

    What beautiful photos! I love when the lilies pop up year after year! They are so pretty, and then we know summer is coming!

  322. Andrea v
    June 21, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I love hydrangeas and pink roses the best. They are my favorites.

  323. June 21, 2016 at 7:59 am

    My favorite flower is roses.

  324. June 21, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I shared on pinterest –

  325. June 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I follow you on Facebook – DS Owen

  326. bethelderton
    June 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

    My favorite summer flowers is impatiens—lovely for shaded areas. I also love love love azaleas, but I think those are technically Spring flowers.
    Mary Beth Elderton
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  327. bethelderton
    June 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I joined you via email and on FB as Mary Beth Elderton
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  328. bethelderton
    June 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Mary Beth Elderton
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  329. Diana Hatch
    June 21, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I love yellow roses!

  330. Samantha F.
    June 21, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I love tulips! :-)

  331. June 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Oh one of my favorites is the Tropical Cannas! I have to buy one every year for our backyard. Reminds me so much of the warm tropics and they are so beautiful! landfjacobson @ charter . net

  332. June 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I follow on Facebook!

  333. Jocelyn H
    June 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I know sunflowers don’t really bloom until closer to fall, but they have always been a favorite of mine.

  334. Jocelyn H
    June 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I subscribe to your e-mails

  335. Jocelyn H
    June 21, 2016 at 10:43 am
  336. meghan
    June 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I love roses and lavender!

  337. June 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I love rose of sharon, fuchsia and bleeding hearts.

  338. June 21, 2016 at 11:34 am
  339. Timothy
    June 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    My favorite perennial would have to be Sorbet Peonies but I am also quite partial to Garden roses. Beautiful dishes!

  340. June 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    My favorite is the Hydrangea

  341. Timothy
    June 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I am a follower on facebook as Timothy Jay

  342. Timothy
    June 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I shared on Pinterest here:

  343. Barbara
    June 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    My aunt had a row of gorgeous hydrangeas in front of her property and I’ve been in love with the flower since I was small, dodging bees near those bushes.

  344. Barbara
    June 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I followed you on Facebook.

  345. Barbara
    June 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I Pinned this page:

  346. Nancy
    June 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    All summer flowers are so pretty! I especially like lupines.

  347. Nancy
    June 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I am an email subscriber.

  348. Aaron
    June 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the sunflower.

  349. Aaron
    June 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I subscribe by email and follow on Facebook.

  350. June 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Sunflowers have always been my favorite!! They’re a classic, beautiful flower!!

  351. Aaron
    June 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I shared on Pinterest:

  352. elizabeth miller
    June 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I love Gardenias and Gladiolas. I truly can not pick between the 2 as to which is my favorite. I love the Gardenia smell and the flower of the Gladiola and that it stays bloomed all summer.

  353. elizabeth miller
    June 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I follow on facebook

  354. elizabeth miller
    June 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I shared on facebook

  355. Pamela
    June 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    What a beautiful tablescape! My favorite flowers are hydrangea and peonies!

  356. Pamela
    June 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I subscribed via email. Thanks!

  357. Angelica Dimeo
    June 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    my favorite flower is Roses

  358. Angelica Dimeo
    June 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I liked you on Facebook my facebook name is Angelica Cassandra Dimeo

  359. Angelica Dimeo
    June 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    shared on pinterest

  360. gricelda
    June 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    My favorite is Sunflower, followed on FB!

  361. bbybrwneyez34
    June 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite is Bird of Paradise

  362. bbybrwneyez34
    June 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Following by email and Facebook as Shakeia Rieux

  363. June 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Hi! I subscribed via email as well amandastovallATmeDOTcom (dzstovall)

  364. bbybrwneyez34
    June 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm
  365. Donna L
    June 21, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    My favorite is the sunflower.

  366. Donna L
    June 21, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I follow you on Facebook. Donna Haley

  367. Donna L
    June 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Shared on Pinterest, dlhaley17

  368. Lynne
    June 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    My favorite summer flower is the salvia – such vibrant color!

  369. msh60
    June 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I follow you on facebook – I am Lynne Foster there

  370. msh60
    June 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I shared on pinterest. Thanks for the beautiful photos you included with this post!

  371. sandym204
    June 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    My favorite flower is the sunflower. So majestic!

  372. sandym204
    June 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I follow you on Facebook (saundra McKenzie) and follow by email (

  373. birdhousebooks
    June 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I like all bulb flowers, but especially love tulips. I am happy every time I see them! –

  374. Alexandra Oller
    June 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Wow, this set is gorgeous! My favorite summer flowers are daisies.

  375. Alexandra Oller
    June 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I am also an email subscriber (:

  376. June 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I do love the Sunflowers…Oh boy this prize is gorgeous!!

  377. Taryn T
    June 21, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I love the flowers inside this cup! I love many flowers, but am not sure if they would classify as summer flowers. I like Gerber Daisies, Sunflowers, and Hibiscus.

  378. Alison Matalanis
    June 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I love any kind of rose!

  379. Elicia P.
    June 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I love lilies. In fact I just took a photo this morning and posted it on my instagram of a white lily that I saw growing while leaving the community garden. As I stated on there… I wish they would bloom all year long! (although, maybe because they only bloom in the spring/early summer it makes it more special.

  380. Elicia P.
    June 21, 2016 at 11:47 pm

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  381. June 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    My favorite flower is the Daisy!

  382. June 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I follow on Facebook as Angela Saver

  383. Kay Hogan
    June 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I love being outside in my yard. I have raised beds foe most of my perennials. I love lilies and we also have a large amount of fern and shade plants since we are in the woods. The give away is beautiful and you inspire me to decorate!

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