The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Happy Earth Day Giveaway!

 The Earth laughs in flowers and I’m celebrating Earth Day with a little giveaway in honor of wildflowers and pollinators. Of course if you’re a gardener, every day is Earth Day!

Wildflowers are essential to the survival of the pollinator population. Pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are vital to almost all crops and plants that produce vegetables, fruits and nuts. Pollinators are also vital to plants fed to livestock, as well as to fiber-producing plants, such as cotton.

Wildflowers also support beneficial insects that help your garden with natural pest control.

And flowers absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, through photosynthesis.

Bachelor Buttons (or Bachelor’s Button) are blooming in my field of dreams next to my Potting Shed.

 Also known as Blue Bottle, Blue Bonnet, Blue Bow, Blue Cap, Cornflower, Boutonniere Flower and Basket Flower, this wildflower is easy to grow in many soil types and is native to Europe.

In the southeastern United States, Bachelor Button can be found growing in meadows and fields, is drought-tolerant, self-seeding and therefore aggressive. Here in North Carolina, it’s considered a noxious weed and growing it is prohibited since it quickly displaces other grasses, crops, and native wildflowers . . .but doesn’t the color make your heart sing?

 Bees find blue, purple and yellow flowers most appealing. Flat or shallow blossoms, such as daisies, zinnias, asters and Queen Anne’s lace, attract the largest variety of bees. Ox-eye daisy is a common roadside daisy and wildflower. It attracts diverse types of pollinators, including beetles, ants, and moths, as a source of pollen and nectar.

In celebration of Earth Day, I giving away some gardening gloves, wildflower seeds, gardening tools and notecards. The notecards I had printed from photos of my Potting Shed with flower and seed quotes, fitting for Earth Day and a celebration of wildflowers!

The flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.

So many seeds, so little yard.

The earth laughs in flowers.

In addition to the notecards, I’m including wildflowers seeds with 24 favorite wild annuals & perennials including Red Poppy, California Poppy, Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), Wild Lupine and others.

Three sets of 6 notecards (2 of each design) and a package of wildflower seeds will be given away.

I’m also including a pair of gardening gloves (one size fits most!) and wildflower seed pack to be given away to a fourth winner.

 The ‘Earth Laughs in Flowers’ mini seed packet containing a custom blend of both annual and perennial wildflowers.

And a Three Piece Garden Tool Set with a mini seed packet to fifth winner.

For a chance to win, leave me a comment telling me your favorite flower or pollinator.

Subscribe by email or follow on Facebook and let me know by comment.

For a third entry, share this giveaway on Pinterest or Facebook and leave an additional comment 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.)

The winners will be chosen May 6th.

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental US. 


May all your weeds *bee* wildflowers!

Happy Earth Day!


Thank you for your visit!

  223 comments for “The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Happy Earth Day Giveaway!

  1. April 22, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I love coneflowers. Any color. Always enjoy your posts.

    • Jemney Fontana
      April 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      It’s sooooo hard to choose my fav wildflowers. I love them all. Just so very cheery. It’s a tie between bees and butterflies. Your posts always inspiration me and remind me of my Green Thumb Gardening Momma and her little part of the world with her potting shed.

  2. Jackie
    April 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Daisies are my favorite flower, and I love watching butterflies.
    Thank you!

  3. Shelley Trunnell
    April 22, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I love daisies, they make my heart happy. If a butterfly is perched on one, it just makes it even better. Thanks for such beautiful pictures.

  4. Jackie
    April 22, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I am an email subscriber

  5. Jackie
    April 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

    shared on pinterest

    • Marian
      April 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Your blog absolutely makes my day. In a world of boring emails, when yours pops up, it’s like getting a beautiful card in the mail. I love dishes, flowers, potting sheds and lake houses. Never stop creating!!

    • Cathy Palesse
      April 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      I love it when the peonies bloom! Thanks for sharing your photos! Much enjoyed them!! (more pics please!)

  6. Kathleen Allers
    April 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I love spring because it means the peonies are not far behind. What beautiful pictures. I share your love of Mother Nature!

  7. Kathleen Allers
    April 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Posted to Facebook

  8. Barbara Noland
    April 22, 2017 at 7:59 am

    By far my favorite pollinator is the Butterfly Bush. Yesterday marked the 7th anniversary of my mother’s death. She loved her beloved flowers. She owned a garden center and adored every bloom. My personal favorite is Gaura Whirling Butterflies.
    I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for sharing your talents and Maltese.

  9. Melinda Labombard
    April 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Love the post:) I live in South Carolina and I can’t have to many flowers!!!

  10. April 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

    What a lovely post and great prizes! My favorite flower is the Bachelor Button and your’s are wonderful. I have not been successful in getting them going my my field, but try from time to time. I also enjoy seeing the butterflies on my Butterfly Bush every summer. It’s beginning to bloom now and we have a few visitors but not many, yet.

  11. Barb Beverage
    April 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Peonies remind me of my mother and easier days in the 60s. We always had jars of cut flowers to celebrate Memorial Day even though we had a tiny yard. Love the feelings that spring brings…

  12. Sherlie Magaret
    April 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I have a lot of favorite flowers and right now it is the lilac as mine are blooming.

  13. April 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Butterflies and bumble bees. Thank you for the chance to win such lovely prizes. And for spreading the word on the plight of our pollinators, we all have to do our part. Your flowers are lovely. Love that garden tools set!

  14. April 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    My favorite flower is the gardenia!!!

  15. Sherlie Magaret
    April 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I shared a photo of the seed packet on Pinterest, I also see your posts on Face Book and I get your blog emails.

  16. mary
    April 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    My favorite flower for encouraging monarchs to visit is asclepius. My favorite pollinators are the fat bumble bees who are thrilled I haven’t pulled all my weeds!

  17. mamapennyt
    April 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Love all flowers, but daisies are my favorite! Love those happy faces! Love your blog and look forward to your post! Happy Earth Day!

  18. Vicki
    April 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Gardening is one of my favorite joys in life…other than caring for my grandchildren. 😀 Your photography is breathtaking and oh, how I wish I could have a she’d like yours. HOA 😩 Rules prohibit it. One of my favorite plants is the Hydrangea–Lacecap or Mophead or any other variety. Love love love your Blog. Brings me an abundance of joy and great ideas.

  19. Linda L
    April 22, 2017 at 8:19 am

    What a lovely, lovely post. I have a fondness for peonies. My grandparents picked them from their yard to place on the family graves on Memorial Day.

  20. Vicki
    April 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Sorry about the autocorrect on shed. Almost did it again. Pinned several pics on my Pinterest. Also forwarded your blog to several friends. Have a blessed day.

  21. Mary
    April 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    My favorite flower is the Storm Blue Ansomia. The bees and butterflies flock to it and feast on the nectar.
    The star shaped flowers are just so interesting and beautiful and really do attract the pollinators.

  22. Leila Turpin
    April 22, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Look out side and see what Mother Nature has to offer us. Flowers with beautiful blooms and butterflies and bees dancing thru my azaleas.

  23. April 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Hard to pick favorites, but I always crush over my iris patch, started from pass alongs, generations old. They smell good, look beautiful and come up when the spring garden is at its peak, around Mother’s Day. Thanks for the opportunity. You have some fantastic shots in this post, and I love your notecards.

  24. D. Haddox
    April 22, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I love my purple passion flower vine! So unusual and fun to see it every spring & summer.

  25. Sue Hartzell
    April 22, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love honey bees and everything bee related. I am an email subscriber and sharing on Pinterest.

  26. April 22, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Love the Gaura Whirling Butterfly plant. Love the buzz of the bees and the beauty of the butterflies.

  27. gigi
    April 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Peonies are my all time favorite flower. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful pictures.

  28. Stephanie Lane
    April 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

    My favorite flowers are Peonies and Calla Lilies. We raise honey bees but I am always thrilled to see a hummingbird and I enjoy watching for the varieties of butterflies.

  29. April 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I shared on Pinterest.

  30. Ellen Stillabower
    April 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

    My favorite pollinator is the Zinnia!! Always have many and the colors are spectacular!! I follow you here on my email….thanks for the giveaways…can’t wait…🌷🌺💐🌸🌹🌻

  31. Ellen Stillabower
    April 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I posted on Facebook also and shared!!

  32. April 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Posting now..I forgot to hit the F BUTTON!!

  33. Raylene DeSanto
    April 22, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Your love of nature and creativity amazes me! I look forward to seeing your beautiful photos…they always bring a smile to my face. Happy Earth Day!

  34. Raylene DeSanto
    April 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Oops…my favorite pollinator are my lupines.

    • Janet
      April 22, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Yay the merry month of May!
      I so enjoy all the beautiful
      A tiny basket of daisies tied
      With a plaid taffeta ribbon!

  35. Wren
    April 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    It is so difficult to choose just one wild flower and pollinator. I try to One of my favorites is the coneflower as it invites so many pollinators, especially the bees, and in the winter it provides seeds for the birds. Have a wonderful day.

  36. Wren
    April 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Shared on facebook

  37. Wren
    April 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Pinned several pictures on Pinterest.

  38. April 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I have a lot of favorites, when asked I usually say the truth ” what ever is blooming now” So today that would be tulips . They are our youngest ( grown daughter’s) favorite. Bee’s are a happy sound and sight. Enjoy the day !

  39. Lynn Williams
    April 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Oh my! Do I have to pick ONE flower? Seems that they all have such magical qualities; feels like I’m picking a favorite child. I can say that I do LOVE butterflies.

  40. Sue
    April 22, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Hi Mary!! Don’t think I can name one flower as my favorite. I love them all. And the flowering trees in the spring make me want to sing!!! Ha ha. Have a great weekend. Ours is a dreary wet one.

  41. Sue
    April 22, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I shared on Pinterest.

  42. Sue
    April 22, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I shared on Facebook too! :)

  43. Cyndy
    April 22, 2017 at 8:55 am

    What a lovely way to celebrate Earth Day!
    Bachelors Buttons are my favorite of all time! Thanks for the info on them!

  44. Jacky
    April 22, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I have many favorite flowers – one of them is Agastache, My favorite pollinators – hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, all love Agastache.

  45. Granny Gay
    April 22, 2017 at 8:56 am

    My favorite pollinators are the butterflies, and daisies are the best!…as well as magnolias and gardenias…
    Will share on FB…Happy arth Day!

  46. April 22, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Sharing generous giveaway on FB…

  47. April 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Happy Earth Day. You are very generous. I think my favorite flower is the columbine because it grows so well and in my yard.

  48. Joan
    April 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I love flowers! Some of my favorite pollinators are coneflowers, bee balm, phlox, asters and lavender. I also posted on Pinterest. Thank you for always having interesting and beautiful posts.

  49. April 22, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I follow you on Bloglovin. Shared on Pinterest –

  50. Becky
    April 22, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I so enjoy your blog. Always, always such beautiful inspiration. My dad used to sow bachelors buttons, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos and four o’clocks around the perimeter of his vegetable garden. It was always so pretty. I guess my favorite flower would be a rose but truly I have so many. Hydrangea, lilies, tulips, lavender, phlox, zinnias, sunflowers, peonies, gardenia, and on and on….. I pinned this post on Pinterest too.

  51. Sandra Barnhart
    April 22, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Love watching the hummingbirds on the flowers. Daisies are my favorite they make me smile.

  52. jbjeannine
    April 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

    My favorite flowers are peonies and heavenly blue morning glories.

  53. Bonnie Mueller
    April 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I love a different flower for each season, but my favorite is daffodils for their bright sunny faces.

  54. Teresa
    April 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

    My favorite flower is the SUNFLOWER. We live on the gulf coast of Alabama and our neighbor grows them in their field and last year my husband surprised me with two buckets full for our anniversary. I have an old water can like yours and that was one container I used and filled it full of sunflowers. This week late afternoon we noticed a swarm of bees outside near a tree and then discovered they were a colony of honey bees seeking a home. We called a bee keeper who lives near us and he came over the next day but they had moved on. He had hoped to retrieve them. It was very interesting hearing just how he would have done that. I have a great picture of them on the tree but no idea how to share it to your post. Enjoy your blog and would be honored to win your giveaway. Whoever does will receive an earth day blessing.

  55. Denise R.
    April 22, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Good morning and thank you for another beautiful post! I followed you on Facebook, I shared on Facebook too! My favorite flowers are hydrangeas.

  56. gardenannie
    April 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I love, love Salvia guaranitica (blue/black Sage). Though the blooms are not red, the ruby-throated hummingbirds adore it.

  57. Linda Rubin
    April 22, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I have to say that I look forward to you posts. Very inspiring. Doggies are darling too.
    I have a love affair with many kinds of flowers (love them all) but Lilacs, peonies and roses rank the top of my list. I love seeing bees and butterflies doing their thing.

  58. Kathy Harris
    April 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

    My favorite pollinator is “Tall Phlox”. When we bought our cabin the previous owners were gardeners and I have enjoyed their efforts every Spring when new things pop up in my flowerbeds. We’ve had lots of rainfall this Spring and I’m seeing new varieties of wild flowers this year.
    I hope I win one of your Spring giveaways.
    Happy planting…..
    Kathy Harris

    Sent from my iPhone

  59. Nancy
    April 22, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Here in Kansas we have four very different growing seasons so my favorites change with the season but my all time favorite would be sweet peas. So beautiful!

  60. Peggy Ott
    April 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Lovely Give Away, Mary! So many flowers how do you pick a favorite. Spring holds my heart with the beauties of the daffodils, was my Mother’s favorite too. Summer brings the wonders of the Dahlias. In 2015 a local Vet who is well known in our area for growing the most beautiful of Dahlias had me pickup a lovely box of Dahlias. That summer brought great joy in my garden with the flowers of different varieties throughout the vegetable/flower gardens. Each season brings such beauty around us. Our world is full of colors!! Thanks for the Give-Away. Such fun!!

  61. anne
    April 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

    My favorite flowers are violets. When I was a little girl I remember my grandmother wore a violet scent perfume and she always smelled so lovely. I had violets in my wedding bouquet. I love to pick them and put them in an antique white ironstone pitcher that belonged to my great-grandmother. Butterflies and bumble bees can pollinate my flowers all day long!

  62. Karen Willems
    April 22, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Email subscriber

  63. joan riker
    April 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Thank you for the beautiful flowers. My favorite pollinators are the coneflowers and butterfly bush !

  64. Karen Willems
    April 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. It doesn’t matter what color – they are all gorgeous. We used them in our wedding bouquets and centerpieces then planted about a dozen plants in our yard!

  65. Dorinda Selke
    April 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Hi~ my favorite garden flower is lily of the valley. My grandmother used to have a whole bed of them – both white and pink ones. Gosh they smelled like springtime! Hugs, Dorinda

  66. Dorinda Selke
    April 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I follow you on FB and email !!!

  67. Dorinda Selke
    April 22, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I shared your post on my Facebook wall !!

  68. April 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

    right red Bee Balm with a hummingbird or 2 flitting around it. That’s my all time favorite.

  69. Karen L Moore
    April 22, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Love, love, love your potting shed. My favorite is hydrangea’s Don’t have a lot of luck in the ground, but I do better in pots..

  70. Kathrine
    April 22, 2017 at 10:18 am

    My very favorite flowers are sunflowers, lilacs, and white roses. I love your beautiful blog!

  71. Karen Willems
    April 22, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Posted on facebook

  72. Gail TF
    April 22, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I like Virginia Bluebells because their initial color is pretty periwinkle then turns to rose. After blooming in early Spring, Their entire plant disappears, until next year, so I can plant seeds in same area the bluebells were.

  73. Debbie
    April 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

    As a gardener it it hard to pick just one favorite flower. But I love Hydrangeas! All the colors but the purple blue is my fave. Altho I do add to the soil to get that beautiful color. I enjoy your blog so much! A creative soul like you always amazes me. Thanks for the give away!

  74. Ginger Gaubert
    April 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I follow you by email and on Facebook and Pinterest. My favorite flower is the bluebonnet. Would love to win this giveaway! I’m going to share the giveaway on my FB page.

    • Ginger Gaubert
      April 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

      I also pinned it on my Pinterest board under Home is Where the Boat is! Keeping my fingers crossed. I shared this on my FB page.

  75. April 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Happy Earth Day, Mary! My favorite is lavender (we have a tiny lavender farm here in Boring, Oregon) and I love working out in the lavender field during the summer months in the company of the many bees! I pinned and shared on FB. Love starting my day with your beautiful posts! Thank you!

  76. Lynette
    April 22, 2017 at 11:22 am

    My all time fav is peonies! Sweet memories of childhood with my grandmother and a fragrance that fills your spirit! Blossoms bigger than my hand – what’s not to love?

  77. Donna
    April 22, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Mary, I love everything about your blog, your pictures, your dogs, your recipes! One of my favorite flowers is Queen Anne’s Lace. Some people call it a “weed,” but what do they know! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The big fat bumblebee is my favorite pollinator. Beautiful pictures!

  78. Beverly Ozburn
    April 22, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the look at the blooming Bachelor’s Buttons. When my children were pre-schoolers (and even a little beyond), the fields around our house were full of them and blue is my favorite color. So, they would come in bringing in hands full of blooms of the beautiful flowers to give to me. These will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason!

  79. Annette
    April 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Your images are so pretty. It’s hard to pick a favorite flower, but the tulip is one I’ve loved since childhood. Each year I looked forward to seeing them pop up in the small plot of grass in front of a local store.

  80. Annette
    April 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I’m an email subscriber.

  81. Annette
    April 22, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I shared on Facebook.

  82. Betty
    April 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    My favorite flower has always been a carnation, but I also love other “cottage garden” blooms like snapdragon, delphiniums, climbing roses and the like. Happy Earth Day!

  83. Bonnie
    April 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    My favorite flower is the moon plant. Beautiful trumpets of white blossoming every evening. Easy care and fast growing and the honey bees love them! Pinning your giveaway on Pinterest as well. Love your posts and your precious little doggies!

  84. franki
    April 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    By far my most “beesy” pollinator is the “butterfly bush” (Buddleja!!) Bees, butterflies and hummers, oh, my!!
    HAPPY EARLY DAY!!! franki (

  85. Nonie
    April 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Picking a favorite flower is like picking a favorite child. I tend to go for roses, and I love, love humming birds. Didn’t know there are hummers that winter here, so had to keep the feeder thawed out so they could eat.

  86. Maureen
    April 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Those gardening are so pretty and certainly would make gardening enjoyable. I love my tree peonies in Spring and look forward to the iris blooming.

  87. Sandy Park
    April 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Great giveaway, thanks. My favorite flower is Shasta Daisy. I’ve commented on FB and shared your giveaway.

  88. debbie
    April 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I get so excited when I see your latest post in my email. I would happily move into your potting shed!! I don’t kmow if I can pick just one favorie flower. I’m waiting for the weather to warm up here in the northeast to get some new beds tilled for just random seeds. We live in the woods so have to have all the beds fenced or they just become “salad bowls. I am also awaiting the return of our hummingbirds they hover in front of the windows where I hang their feeders to let me know they’re back. We have also got a hive of honeybees due to arrive shortly. Thank you so much for all the work you do to create such a beautiful blog. Off to pin you.

  89. Ang
    April 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    hello and thanks for this giveaway. I love your stuff and have been your blog follower for a while, get your emails and have to open them asap!!! and of course if I miss anything, I can catch you on Facebook!!!! I love gardening and so any flower is a good flower. I love the ones with aroma. roses, alyssum, lilacs!!! etc etc etc. keep up the good work!!!!

    Angela from NJ

  90. Lisa Montgomery
    April 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Once again you are the queen of vignettes!

  91. Terri
    April 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    My favorite pollinator gosh, bee balm, sweet pea, cone flowers, zinnia. I do the best I can in attracting birds, butterflies, bees.
    Happy Earth Day.

  92. AJ McFall
    April 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    What a fun contest! Along with roses, 2 of my favorites are columbines and peonies. And I’ve never met a bee or butterfly I don’t love.
    This is also a good time to thank you for your delightful blog that has been a highlight of my week for years now.

  93. Lynn
    April 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    My favorite flower grown from seed is the bluebonnet. Living in Texas gives us ample opportunity to enjoy this beauty. There’s even an outdoor festival called “Wildflower” that we enjoy in North Central Texas every spring! Gardening blessing to all 🌻

  94. Alice
    April 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    My love of flowers are endless. But having said that I remember my mother walking down to a ditch bank and coming back with a arm full of Queen Ann’s lace and day lilies that she arranged in a big yellow bowl that she placed some chicken wire so she could arrange the Queen Ann lace and day lilies . It was a very large arrangement and it was drop dead gorgeous. Simple, growing in the wild with no human care but put there by God for all to see.

  95. Christian M
    April 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Following on Facebook (@ Christian Marie)

  96. Carol Thompson
    April 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    My favorite flower for pollinators is Blue Fortune Agastache, which is in the hyssop family. I couldn’t believe my eyes last summer at the number of bees those blue spires attracted. I made a note to myself last fall to plant it behind my yellow lantana for this summer, 2017.

    I adore your field of dreams with the long views of the Batchelor Buttons. Your blog has always been one of my favorites. I live close by in Charlotte. I’m looking forward to seeing how your new perennial garden in front of your garden shed has matured this year and what new plants you will be planting.

  97. April 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Your photos are lovely. Wildflowers are my favorites. Here in the Pacific Northwest I love seeing fawn lilies, trilliums and calypso orchids usher in spring. When I was small we lived for a few years in Mendocino County California, which must be the wildflower capitol! I grew up searching the woods and the hillsides for blooms. I still remember where each variety grew, more than 60 years later.

    • April 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      The post above has someone else’s photo with my comments! (the mediterranean) not me!

  98. Kathy Menold
    April 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    My favorite flower for butterflies is orange Tithonia. Mine is covered with yellow tiger swallowtails all summer. Favorite pollinator is the honey bee who is in such need of friends these days due to give colony collapse .An earth day plea to all your readers .Please stop using pesticides to save our pollinators.

  99. Carolyn
    April 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Love the daisys and such fun watching butterflies and even the bees darting from bloom to bloom of whatever is blooming in my yard.

  100. Chloe Garden
    April 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I grow lavender, sage and rosemary in addition to butterfly bush to attract pollinators to my garden because I also grow lemons, limes and kumquats. There’s no better sound to me than the buzzing of bees as they ensure that I will enjoy fresh citrus year-round. I used to have dozens of bees visiting, but with colony collapse, I’m lucky to see a few at a time. Your note cards are adorable. You should market those! Thanks for the chance to win some gardening goodies.

  101. April 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I plant zinnias every year. Not only do I love them, but they attract bees, hummingbirds, and the gold finches go crazy plucking off the petals to get to the fresh seeds.

  102. Suzanne Alexander
    April 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I love daisies and sunflowers! They are such cheery flowers! (I took that quote from a movie!) My best pollinators are my lavender and coneflowers which I also love. Thank you also for the chance to win your beautiful gardening items.

  103. April 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I follow by email and Facebook.

  104. April 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Shared on Facebook.

  105. Cynthia English
    April 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Like everyone, my favorite flower is what’s blooming now. The Queen’s Wreath on my arbor seems to have every bee in Central Florida making a stop!

  106. Jenny Young
    April 22, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    How do you choose just ONE favorite flower?! I think mine would be zinnias because the bees, butterflies & even the hummingbirds love them & my mamma grew the most gorgeous zinnias when I was a child.

  107. Jenny Young
    April 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I follow your blog through feedly, I hope that will count as email. I don’t follow through email because it clogs up my account. I NEVER miss a post! I love seeing your garden.

  108. Jenny Young
    April 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I pinned this picture!

  109. Vivian in Tennessee
    April 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I love Swallowtail butterflies and hope I see at least one in my garden each summer. My favorite flower is cleome. You gifts are amazing!

  110. Cindy A.
    April 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I have always loved red poppies.

  111. Cindy A.
    April 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I already like you on Facebook as Cindy Aiton.

  112. Cindy A.
    April 22, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I pinned the giveaway.

  113. April 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    My favorite flower is the clematis and I love the honey bees.

  114. April 22, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I shared on FB and will check your Pinterest site. Thank you for the offer. Love your blog.

  115. Linda
    April 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I love honeybees! I love all flowers, but daisies make my heart flutter!

  116. Mary
    April 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I love daisies and cone flowers. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

  117. KAren Hillier
    April 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Milkweed and the monarch butterfly. Those caterpillars can eat all the leaves and the plant still keeps going! Thanks for the very generous giveaway!

  118. Linda Schmidt
    April 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Love every display, and talked my grandaughter into painting one of your chalk boards. Thks for the beauty.

  119. April 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I love iris and when I lived in VA, I loved wild violets.
    Your photographs never fail to impress. Maybe you need your own magazine.

  120. Sandy B.
    April 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Daisies!! They are such a happy flower :)

  121. Marilyn the nurse
    April 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I love sunflowers the very most. Have to wait until mid summer to get them here in Massachusetts. Love your blog!

  122. Sandy B.
    April 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I follow you by email AND facebook!

  123. Sandy B.
    April 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Just shared on pinterest!

  124. CherylK
    April 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I have a David Austin Tamora rose that makes my heart sing. It’s peach!

  125. Susan H
    April 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day,favorite wild flower,pollinators are black eyed. Susan’s,vines flowers and sunflowers,they make my heart so very happy,bees,butterflies and hummers are always welcomed,love your blog always inspires,thank you for your generosity.I follow with e mail,Pinterest and Facebook.

  126. Terie
    April 22, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    TY so much for the generous giveaway !i love butterflies and the fields of wild Daisies

  127. Terie
    April 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I shared on FB- TY again!

  128. Ruth B.
    April 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I love brown eyed susans. I was married in August 40 years ago and the peasant style dresses my attendants wore sported these beautys! Love your posts!

  129. Amy K
    April 22, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I’d have to say my favorite are daisies, although I do have a large variety of daylilies in my own garden.

  130. April 22, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    My favorite pollinator is the hummingbird I plant cardinal flowers to attract them. I also have a butterfly garden filled with native plants for the butterflies in our region! Will share on Facebook and Pinterest too

  131. Cyndi Raines
    April 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Boy, this is hard! I love Heavenly Blue Morning Glories, Daffodils and Lilacs. Can’t forget Peonies and Hydrangea, hope my Hydrangea bloom this year. I LOVE Hummingbirds, but you have to love Bumble Bees as they defy gravity with their fat little bodies and what is prettier than a Butterfly in flight – so it’s a 3-way split. Today I washed the front and south side of my “not so white” shed. Whew. What were we thinking? A white shed with green trim and we live on a dirt road and it’s at the edge of our woods! But boy her face is shinning tonight. Oddly, the back, which faces the woods isn’t very dirty at all – ha, but the north side makes up for it. So much green mildew from the tree line, I may have to call in reinforcements! LOVE your note cards Mary – are you starting your own line? They’ll be sold out for sure as we ALL LOVE THEM. I’ve pinned so many scenes from your garden shed I know have a book! ha. Thanks – love the garden tools – never can have enough.

  132. Marie
    April 22, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Picking a favorite flower is just about impossible. I love so many. Among my favorites: bachelor buttons, lily of the valley, iris, daffodils, tulips, lilacs, peonies and roses, especially the large garden roses. My dream home would have many beautiful flower beds allowing me to pick bouquets to my heart’s content. As long as I am dreaming, I’d have to have a potting shed. MM

  133. Deloris
    April 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Roses are my favorite flower. I love the scent and colors. How can a person decide between bee, hummingbirds and butterflies? Oh my. Bees are so industrious and must be admired for their hard work and devotion. Hummingbirds each have their own little personalities. And butterflies remind me of myself in the garden. Flitting here and there at a leisurely pace enjoying each moment in the garden. I’ve shared your giveaway on Facebook and Pinterest with high hopes my friends and family will follow your beautiful blog and have a chance at winning those beautiful prizes : )

  134. Marie
    April 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I am a follower by email, and look forward to every post. MM

  135. Karenann
    April 23, 2017 at 1:02 am

    My favorite flower is pink carnations. I just love them!

  136. Karenann
    April 23, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I am a follower on e-mail, facebook and Pinterest! I always love your posts!

  137. Ann
    April 23, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Love hydrangea and peonies and foxglove! :)

  138. Cindy Bellwood
    April 23, 2017 at 1:53 am

    One of my favorite flowers are passionflower vines. I think they are so beautiful. The flower reminds me of a tiny little Balleria.

  139. Cindy Bellwood
    April 23, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Shared on Facebook and Pinterest!

  140. Robyn
    April 23, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I subscribe to your wonderful blog by email & follow you on Facebook & Pinterest! Love your posts….this one has added a little sunshine to this rainy Sunday morning…. much needed rain for all my new plantings!!!

  141. Robyn
    April 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

    My favorite wild flower is Queen Anne’s Lace…I tend to make sudden stops to make my roadside cuttings…. I also love Batchelor Buttons and coneflowers!!!

  142. Diane Avallone
    April 23, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I love foxglove!

  143. Robin
    April 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Love love love your potting shed and all your ideas! Just Beautiful…..

  144. Nancy V.
    April 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for another beautiful post, and giveaway! I love butterflies (or Flutter-Bys, as my kids used to call them). And I’m having a really hard time trying to think of my favorite flower – just love them all. I am an email subscriber. Thanks Mary! Enjoy your day!

  145. April 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    What a lovely giveaway Mary! Your cards look fabulous! As much as I love flowers, I did not get the “digging in the dirt” gene…but I certainly enjoy watching your magic green thumb!

  146. Paulette Bledsoe
    April 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I simply love Amaryllis zero can they let me know Spring has arrived😁

  147. Beth Carpenter
    April 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

    What an awesome, beautiful giveaway! My favorite flower, wow, hard to decide, but I would say hydrangea. I love their huge, gorgeous blooms in any color, but my favorite color is blue! I also love Bachelor Buttons, Delphiniums, Coneflowers, Poppys and daisies! My favorite pollinator is hummingbirds! But love watching the butterflies and bees too! I shared on Facebook as Beth Kraner Carpenter, I follow you on Facebook, and also pinned to Pinterest as Bethac11. I also signed up for your email! I was glad to see you share that bees love blues, yellows and purple because I grow a lot of those colors! Your notecards are gorgeous!

  148. April 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    What beautiful photos. Thanks for the mini vacation. I love daisies and humming birds. We have a family that float around our house. I am sure they would love some more wild flowers to sample.

  149. April 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I have so many favorite flowers it is hard to choose just one but I would have say roses is at the top of the list! Beautiful give aways!

  150. April 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite flower is the peony.

  151. April 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

  152. April 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Daisies are my favorite flower…I just find their simplicity absolutely beautiful!

  153. Kathleen from Vancouver WA
    April 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    My favorite is Every Single Bloom. Today I am looking forward to some lovely white geraniums, and a tiny little white butterfly was just at my window…

  154. Sandy
    April 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I am a new fan of Bee’s. My husband just started a hive. Lilacs are my favorite flower

  155. April 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Mary, I’ve been the recipient of your generosity before, but the gardener in me can’t resist throwing my hat into the ring for this fun Earth Day give away. My favorite pollinator is of course, the bee. Favorite flower,….so many it’s difficult to single one out,,,,but love your field of bachelor buttons.

  156. April 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Shared the beauty and joy on my FB page. ‘-)

  157. April 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Both a follower on FB and subscribe to your feed. ‘-)

  158. Caroline Tannert
    April 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Violets are my favorite wildflower, although I suppose some people would call them weeds. Not me! They make me smile and bring back my childhood. I shared on FB and subscribe to your blog!

  159. Lisa Kline
    April 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    My favorite flower is the Gardenia 💕 I have so enjoyed your blog for a few years now. Being a quilter, I always love the quilts used in your tablescapes….and those prescious pups of yours. Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration !!!

  160. Henrietta
    April 23, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I love all flowers! My favorite is the iris. But its so hard to choose. I adore lilacs, peonies – I subscribe to your blog and have so enjoyed your posts. I keep up with you on facebook, too! Thanks for all you do.

  161. April 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, what a nice giveaway! Your pictures are just stunning. I love the butterflies and bees, but I have a problem every Spring with Bumblebees making new holes in my shed doors. Do you know why maybe they drill holes in my doors? My husband made the doors from pine.

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Nancy, They’re Carpenter Bees, they look like bumblebees. You can read about them here.

  162. Theresa Keller
    April 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I love your blog, purple iris are my all time favorites, thank you for being such a fun site!

  163. Laura S
    April 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I have always loved butterflies, especially as a young girl, my favorite has always been the tiger-swallowtails!

  164. Peggy Parsons
    April 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I love daffodils and daisies!! Actually all flowers that bloom and show us the first signs of spring, just amazing to see every year!! Your blog and photography are such a joy, so happy you share so much with all of us. Thank you!!

  165. Donna C
    April 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I love your blog! My favorite flowers are hydrangeas and roses.

  166. KitsyKeelSmth
    April 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I am growing Ranunculus this year. It is my favorite flower for looks, a close second to Dahlias. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.

  167. Deborah
    April 23, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    My favorite flower is the bluebonnet and I love butterflies and bees.

  168. Cindy lou
    April 23, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I have to Sayers and white geraniums are my fav! I love daisy and delphiniums! Fox gloves ! So many favs ! The colors of flowers are one of Gods best creations ! lOVE all your posts ! You are so talented and creative !

  169. Cindy lou
    April 23, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I meant to say red and white geraniums ! Ha !

  170. Martha Franks
    April 24, 2017 at 12:47 am

    How does one choose? I love lavender and all herbs. Butterfly weed is another. Love them all.

  171. Martha Franks
    April 24, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Posted on facebook. Subscribe email, facebook and pinterest.

  172. Judy from Maine
    April 24, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Daisies…I carried them when I got married 44 years ago and I still love them and my hubby.

  173. emily
    April 24, 2017 at 7:57 am

    As always, loved the bunny post! I didn’t realize until I was looking at old posts that you had to move your potting shed…..What a project! Shared on FB and Pinterest and sent your link to a friend in Pilot Mountain that has a she-shed! I know she will enjoy your creativity and ideas.

  174. April 24, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I like your cute dogs my favator flowers are marigolds , rose and graden planting and having a fairy grander is fun to have keeping myself bissy

  175. Terri
    April 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

    The native Milkweed is my fav wildflower because it serves as a host for the magnificent Monarch butterfly.

    Thank you, Mary, for your always lovely posts:)

  176. Beth Weidner
    April 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Right now my favorite is Shasta daisies – I planted them from seeds over 30 years ago and since then have divided and shared many clumps. I managed to kill all of my patch one winter by mulching too heavily but was able to dig some of the originals from my mom’s garden to bring back. I moved from my home of 32 years, where they were started, about a year ago and brought some to the new place – they’re blooming now and so cheerful! I’ve got vases of them all through the house – I love that they last up to 10 days and they play well with other flowers – great combined with roses, salvia Victoria, coreopsis and more.

  177. April 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’m just catching up from being away in Arkansas for the weekend, Mary, where I saw lots of wildflowers and wild berries. My favorite flowers?….hmmm, how does one choose? I love so many, but I do love daisies and hydrangeas. Thank you for the opportunity to win at your giveaway. I follow you by email!

  178. Denise Paller
    April 24, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I love all flowers and experimenting every year with new finds at my local nurseries. I planted milkweed this year in hopes of lots of butterflies! Your site is so inspirational!

  179. Sue Bingeman
    April 24, 2017 at 9:52 am

    I love all flowers but my favorites are hydrangeas and peonies. I have one peony plant that is in bloom now! Thank you for your always inspirational blog!!

  180. Debbie Wilson
    April 24, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I love all flowers and especially love how you display them. My all time favorite is the white peony. Love how it looks and smells. So glad the warm days of spring are here and we can be outdoors once again enjoying the beautiful nature God gave us. Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway. Happy Planting!!

  181. Lanita Anderson
    April 24, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Loved seeing the beautiful pictures in celebration of Earth Day! Always love reading your posts and seeing the beautiful photography, I grew up in Texas, so I’ve always enjoyed seeing the bluebonnets growing. My grandparents had some planted in their yard and pastures and they were always so beautiful!

  182. Lanita Anderson
    April 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I subscribe to your blog/posts via email and so enjoy seeing and reading them! :)

  183. Lanita Anderson
    April 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I posted about the giveaway on Pinterest…..

  184. Sandy
    April 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

    All flowers are my friends. They bring me so much happiness and I’m so grateful to enjoy their beauty in my gardens.

  185. April 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I’m in So. California so California poppies are my favorite and so abundant this year! I love butterflies and bees.

  186. April 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I follow you on both email and Facebook!

  187. April 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve shared your giveaway on both Facebook and Pinterest. Thanks for all the great posts that inspire me daily.

  188. Angie McCabe
    April 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I love sunflowers!

  189. Patricia Bivans
    April 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    My favorite is the Passion flower for its beauty. It reminds us that without passion there is despair but with it there can be great happiness. Thank you for a lovely and inspiring blog.

  190. Doreen McKenzie
    April 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I love too many flowers to actually pick a “favorite”, but I really enjoy foxglove, iris, lilacs, and sweet William. I wish I lived in the South like you so I could enjoy the flowers year round. I am absolutely in love with your “she shed” potting shed. I’m loving your Easter tablescape too! I have the same plates from Pottery Barn- so pretty! I just recently joined your blog and I am getting some wonderful inspiration from you. Thank you!

  191. Meghan
    April 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I love peonies!

  192. April 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    My favorite flower is Peonies and my favorite herb is Rosemary. This pictures in this post are absolutely gorgeous as well as your Pinterest page. I am so thrilled to have found Home Is Where The Boat Is, and can’t wait to read all your posts.

  193. Karen
    April 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Lavender is my favorite flower! Actually most flowers are favorites…..each one has it own special way of making me enjoy it. I love that you don’t play favorites with your flowers, you plant them all to live happily together. Always enjoy your blog.

  194. Kaycee
    April 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Well my favorite pollinators are lavender, bee balm, and salvia! What a fun giveaway, I am subscribed, liked on FB, shared on FB too!

  195. April 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Holy Moley can you take nature pics!!!! I can’t even believe those butterflies – and the butterfly and bee together, haha. What a fantastic giveaway – every single thing is awesome- thank you so much for the opportunity to inspire us to get out there and enjoy this spring’s rebirth! My very favorite flower generally is lavender – it has so many uses and is so awesome!

    Though those incredible short-lived peonies are a heart-stopper to be sure. But one rain does ’em in so they aren’t very good at pollenating anything, haha. Happy Earth Day right back to you! I would be delighted to enter. Please forgive me for not having a FB account. (I fear another thing to steal me away from living life – I work blog, game and Pin on a computer. That’s all I can give. I know I would become obsessed, so I don’t even attempt it. Hope that doesn’t keep me from being able to be considered a contestant!) Thanks! Happy spring beauty!!

  196. Linda
    April 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I love hydrangea They are just so pretty. Love your potting shed !

  197. April 24, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Happy Earth Day Mary!….beautiful flowers here and love your field of Bachelor Buttons…that is always a most beautiful sight!….and my fav flower hands down is the hydrangea…and a close second is the hard to say a fav as all flowers are my favorites!!

  198. Barbara Kelly
    April 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    My favorite flower are tulips of every color.

  199. April 25, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    My purple coneflowers come back faithfully every year. Need to replant poppies and larkspur. They fizzled out after a few years. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens.

  200. Marty K
    April 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    What a great giveaway for gardeners! I love daisies – and red geraniums! They make me smile.

  201. Pat
    April 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Like others it is hard to pick just one. My tree peony is about finished blooming. Tulips and lilacs are in full bloom. Love old fashioned flowers-pansy, iris and lily of the valley. If I have to pick I would say pansy; thank you for all your inspirations!!!!

  202. Michelle Schmitt-Sheedy
    April 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I love coneflowers! They come in so many colors, easy to grow and multiply ever year. The bee’s love them! I just bought a bee house and hung it from a tree in my yard close to my flowers, I can’t wait till everything is in full bloom and the bee’s start buzzing!

  203. April 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I’m a big daylily fan. I have probably 50 varieties in our yard. They are so easy and long lasting. I also love coneflower and sweet autumn clematis. Here in MI the daffodils are just finishing up and tulips are beginning. We have a ways to go before Summer blooms but I’m totally looking forward to it.

  204. Heather S
    April 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    How lovely! :) my favorite flowers are daffodils!

  205. m'lin
    April 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I love daffodils and lily of the valley! Spring is here when they pop up!

  206. m'lin
    April 27, 2017 at 2:58 am

    I am an email follower!

  207. Cindy
    April 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Roses and daisies combined are my favorite. Following you on th.

  208. Tiffany Macek
    April 29, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I love daisies and stargazers.

  209. April 30, 2017 at 1:56 am

    My favorite has to be the rose, but oh, those pansues!

  210. April 30, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I am a subscriber by email. “pansies” on previous comment!

  211. April 30, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I am sharing your post on Facebook.

  212. Marie
    May 2, 2017 at 3:15 am

    My current favorite flower is plumeria, having recently moved to Florida, but I sure miss my Missouri lily-of-the-valley.

  213. Virginia Kopfinger
    May 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite flower is the Geranium–could be my love of all the beautiful window boxes you see when
    visiting Austria and Germany. I just discovered your blog and saving lots of your beautiful pictures to Tablescapes.
    I would love to win the note cards, as I send lots of “thank you’s” for all the help I receive.

  214. Catherine Rafferty
    August 9, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I love Gerbrera Daisies but this year I discovered Lavender plants.
    I started a few plants from seed this year and found I truly love starting from seed. The two plants mentioned above I purchased already started, doesn’t make me love them any less.

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