In the Potting Shed: Flower Therapy for the Winter Blues


It’s that time of year when I need a little flower therapy for the winter blues.


Although flower therapy seems to help the blues anytime of year!


$4 bundles of flowers from the grocery store to the rescue. . .


Peach colored spray roses. . .


Big hydrangea blooms. . .


Old fashioned stock. . .


Alstroemeria. . .


And frilly lavender carnations.


All served up in blue transferware.


Transferware pieces picked up at antique malls and consignment stores have some crazing, showing signs wear and age. . .


Gravy boats are chipped. . .


And tureens and sugar bowls are missing lids. . .


But perfectly imperfect to serve up flowers.




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What’s your recipe to beat the winter blues?


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  33 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Flower Therapy for the Winter Blues

  1. Kaycee F
    January 27, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Beautiful winter pick me up! I love the flowers in the blue transfer-ware!

  2. January 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for brightening my day with these beautiful and colorful flowers!! Your blue transferware stole my heart!!
    Where did you find it!!
    Thanks and have a great weekend!!

  3. Linda
    January 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Just lovely!

  4. January 27, 2017 at 8:10 am

    What a beautiful bright display, perfect for these cool Winter days and the wintery blues, when we are all ready for some greenery and some color!

  5. January 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I do much the same to beat the winter blues, Mary, buying and arranging bouquets. I must say, though, that overall tableau is drop-dead gorgeous with the flower arrangements in the blue transferware against the window. Enjoy!

  6. Brenda
    January 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Love the flowers and dishes together! I dream of spring flowers and what I’m going to plant to beat my winter blues.

  7. January 27, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Blue transferware and flowers in winter is a definite pick-me-up…just a beautiful display from your talented hands! Happy weekend!

  8. January 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Fresh flowers make everything better! I just love the two tiers of roses in the blue transferware tureen and pitcher Mary, and nothing looks chipped to me! The light is magical, with the vignette in front of the leaded glass window. Photographing is tricky on dark and dreary winter days, your post is a welcome breath of spring!

  9. Brenda S
    January 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Lovely, as usual. I am inspired to head to the grocery for their $4 bouquets – I treat myself to them sometimes and need to do it more often!!

  10. Ellen Stillabower
    January 27, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Fresh flowers… a great pick me up ….as I’m looking out the window at the snowy ground!!! 🌻💐🌺🌸🌹

  11. January 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Mary, I’m deep into the winter blues right now too, but your beautiful arrangement is giving me a boost and some inspiration. My best recipe for helping beat the blues on these dark days is some serious outdoor time, with real sunshine on me, breathing the fresh air. I think today I need to bundle up, take a walk, and stop by a shop for some pretty flowers like yours! Linda

  12. Tracy
    January 27, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Just reading your blog and looking at your photos are a pick me up.
    PS Received copy of ‘She Sheds’ a couple of days ago. Also saw it on the shelf at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

    • January 27, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Thanks for letting me know Tracy!

  13. Marilyn Craighead
    January 27, 2017 at 9:16 am

    The best way I can think of for celebrating those winter blues! Just lovely!

  14. Mae
    January 27, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Absolutely beautiful colors!!

  15. January 27, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I sure wish our grocery carried such beautiful flowers. I am taking a trip to Trader Joe’s tomorrow so will definitely get some fleurs!!:) I am purging some of my “stuff” this winter. I made myself a rule: anything that we have not used since we moved here (4 years now!!!!), is going. I have to get our storage areas uncluttered!!! Have a beautiful weekend!!!

  16. January 27, 2017 at 10:05 am

    What a way to beat the wintry doldrums, Mary! Your potting shed looks so happy.

  17. franki
    January 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I NEED to GO shopping!!! franki

  18. January 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Flowers sure can beat the winter blues, especially how you display and arrange them!! Such a beautiful combination of flowers in the classic beauty of the blue and white.

  19. January 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful post.

  20. January 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, thank you so much! I really really needed that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. January 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Lovin’ the purple blush on the stock-very pretty:@) Happy Weekend Mary-enjoy!

  22. January 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    So pretty, Mary! Flowers are enhanced with your collected Transferware. I have been thinking Spring and pulling stuff out of my stash. We had 71 degrees 2 days ago for me to be outside in my “She Shed”. Have a Great Weekend

  23. Chris ott
    January 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Pretty flowers and cute dogs you have are pretty white have a good weekend and a safe one

  24. Paula
    January 27, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Flowers always make a day brighter !! Love sweetheart roses one of my favorite !

  25. January 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    A beautiful winter day treat! I went to the Round Top Winter Antique Show today and thought of your potting shed as I saw various garden tools. Made me wish for a shed of my own. ‘-)
    Thanks for brightening my day!

  26. Cyndi Raines
    January 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Very pretty Mary. Since winter is so L O N G here in MI we usually dig in and do deep cleaning projects and then have a great movie night with friends and a favorite soup. I also love to look through gardening books and dream of warmer days to come. The flowers are lovely in the old china. I love all soup tureens!

  27. January 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Oh be still my heart…I think I’m going to faint! I bet it smells WONDERFUL inside the potting shed, Mary.
    This was such a delightful respite from all the cold white stuff up here. THANKS!!

  28. Linda
    January 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Closing out the day with your beautiful display. I hope I dream of fields of flowers……..

  29. Norma Pfalzgraf
    January 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Mary, This is a wonderful site, I also love old dishes and have a few from family members long gone. It is always a treasure to fill them with flowers and just enjoy especially on a cold Winter day. Next trip shopping will certainly include a bouquet of colorful flowers for my pink glass pitcher. Loved the bird houses, feeders, what a wonderful idea and I plan to add a couple to my yard. Thank you for all the inspirations for my home and yard.

    On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 6:44 AM, Home is Where the Boat Is wrote:

    > Mary posted: ” It’s that time of year when I need a little flower therapy > for the winter blues. Although flower therapy seems to help the blues > anytime of year! $4 bundles of flowers from the grocery store to the > rescue. . . Peach colored spray roses.” >

  30. January 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    This post is very timely! Yesterday we went to a horse show, and the high temperature was supposed to have been in the upper fifties with partly sunny skies. Instead, we had highs in the mid-forties, overcast skies and the wind chill had to be much lower because it was gusty. No one was dressed appropriately….we were all freezing! We had Mustang Sally with us, and I made her be my lapdog.

    Your post is so pretty, Mary. I love all the flowers in your cute little potting shed, and the blue and white transfer ware are the perfect vessels to show them off. I might need to make that tart for Valentine’s Day! Yummy!

  31. January 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Beautiful as always!!!!!!

  32. January 30, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful flowers and I just love your potting shed. I have one but I wonder if I will ever get it organized. Even then I’m not sure it would look as wonderful as yours.

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