In the Potting Shed: Tabletop Gardening with Seeds and Veggies

I have all things garden on my mind with the arrival of spring! Most of my free time recently has been occupied with garden clean up and puttering around the Potting Shed. Our weather has been a roller coaster ride of unpredictability this spring, but it looks like we’re finally on a warming trend after a few April showers this week. Fortunately, the forecast is always favorable for tabletop gardening!


Veggies are sprouting from Farmers Market plates and napkins are sprinkled with watering can napkin rings.


As you may have already realized, I have a serious case of watering can love.


A Richard Smith & Co. seed catalog cover decorates a watering can and is a perennial favorite. It’s filled with snowball viburnum blooms, sprigs of bridal wreath spirea, ornamental kale and veggies from the grocery store~ carrots, radishes and beets.

Vintage seed packets from the Card Seed Company, Fredonia, New York are sprouting from flower frogs. . .

French Breakfast Radish

Boston Marrow Squash

White Bermuda Onion

and Henderson’s White Lima Bush Beans.

Card Seed Co. plates were found growing at Pottery Barn several years ago.


Garden gloves are abuzz with bee flatware in anticipation of gardening season. . .


And goblets are embossed with bumble bees.

Early Wonder Beets join Sweet Fennel. . .



 Summer Squash. . .



And Icicle Radish.

So Many Seeds So Little Yard

DIY Hand Stamped Copper Garden Markers, HERE

Tabletop Gardening with Seeds and Veggies Details:

Farmers Market Vegetable Salad Plate / Williams-Sonoma, several years ago

Card Seed Co. plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Jute Runner & Veggie Napkins / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Galvanized Watering Can Napkin Rings, Chargers and Green Checked Napkins / Pier 1

Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware / Horchow

La Rochere Bee Goblets / World Market

 Cabbage Plates / Bordallo Pinheiro

Watering Can / T J Maxx, several years ago

La Rochere Bee Goblets / World Market

Vintage Card Seed Co. packets / Etsy


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

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  44 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Tabletop Gardening with Seeds and Veggies

  1. April 23, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Great table and I’m sooooooo ready to get started unfortunately, the weather is NOT! Hopefully, that will change this week…I really like the green check…never thought of green..I have red & = gardening…DUH!! Hope your weather holds!! ❤️🌷💐🍄🌸🌺🌻🍆🌽🥦🍒🍇🌶

  2. Cyndi Raines
    April 23, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Love the watering can napkin rings. Garden shed is looking awesome. We are in Ky and traveling south for sunshine, but right now rain is in the forecast. Hopeful that the weatherman will be wrong. 😦

    • April 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Oh I hope the weatherman is wrong for your sake Cyndi! We have several very rainy days in our forecast this week. Safe travels to you. ♥

  3. Susan B
    April 23, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful photos. Finally we had beautiful spring weather this past weekend in NJ and we were able to start the spring clean up. Really looking forward to planting and gardening. Thanks for the inspiration Mary.

  4. Ronda
    April 23, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! What an inspiration!!!! Love everything!!!

  5. April 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

    What a beautiful table!

  6. emily
    April 23, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Love your creativity. I’m currently using your vintage seed packets and frogs. Luckily I got both locally at Vintiqies and Treasures on Main in Lincolton. You have so much talent to copy. Thanks

  7. April 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Oh Mary, seeing all the fresh vegetables and flowers make my heart sing! The watering can centerpiece is over the top CUTE!! Everything about this table setting just makes me smile, I love a table overflowing with freshness!! Have a super week, I think Spring has finally arrived!

  8. Granny Gay
    April 23, 2018 at 9:11 am

    What a clever display to begin the gardening season where you are. Gardens have already been planted here and spring is well underway. Would be so fun to go shopping with you and to watch you prepare for your photo shoots. I know it must be fun for you to create those lovely scenes…your mind racing like crazy as you make decisions which will add to the beauty of the pictures. Enjoy the spring…:)

  9. April 23, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Perfect post to start off spring and usher in the warmer weather.

  10. April 23, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Spring is taking it’s time here in NJ, but finally things are coming around:) Wonderful ideas all around and I love those plates! The perfect post for a beautiful Monday morning, thank you!

  11. April 23, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Oh Mary, I’m loving your veggie themed potting shed tablescape! The watering can centerpiece is just so stunning, and looks so pretty with the plates, goblets, and flatware. This theme would be so pretty for a garden-themed luncheon. I love those gingham napkins as placemats…so perfect! Thanks for the morning loveliness to start off my week, Mary. xx

  12. The Circle of Life
    April 23, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Such a feast for spring starved eyes :) Thanks so much for brightening our day with your beautiful creativity.

  13. April 23, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Great tablescape! I especially love your arrangement with the radishes in the sprinkling can, the seed packets standing up in the flower frogs, and the watering can napkin rings. Your eye for detail is always so much fun.

  14. anne
    April 23, 2018 at 10:51 am

    What a delightful table. I love everything, especially the beautiful plates. The seed packets are so nostalgic.
    Have a happy week!

  15. Virginia
    April 23, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Mary, Just love everything you do in the garden shed, this one is so refreshing and inspiring. We returned to NC last Monday and I spent four days doing cleanup in my gardens and preparing the veggie garden boxes for planting. The winter in NE North Carolina was extremely harsh and as a result I lost gardenias, figs and Hawthorne. The camellias are so stressed and I am hoping you might have some recommendations to help me improve their condition. Many thanks.

  16. April 23, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Mary, the potting shed looks ready to celebrate spring planting. You have been close in thought all this week as I hit the garden for hours on end, wearing my new garden apron. I must say I felt rather stylish, and it is a handy thing to have because I’m known for misplacing my garden tools as I move from one area to the next. Thank you again, for this thoughtful gift. The tea is delicious and the perfect pick me up after working in a garden.

  17. April 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

    What a beautiful way to start our Monday. Love the plates and the veggies. Love all of it. Are you planning a vegetable garden too? I have lost so many flowers but I am just going to get some more when it warms up. Can’t replace the ones from Mother’s garden but I still have some left. Have a blessed day. Raining again in Asheville.

  18. April 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Love your garden tablescape! So creative! Will have to visit my Pier one for the green gingham napkins. They look very springtime and summer fresh!

  19. Marion
    April 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Mary you make everything so lovely.

  20. Marilyn
    April 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Your vegetable plates as is everything else so nice.

  21. Joan
    April 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I love the watering can napkin holders.

  22. April 23, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Oh there you go again making a most amazing garden vignette complete with perfect place settings, the cutest details and oh that watering can…be still my heart!….Now I need to go to the Farmers’ Market to get some beautiful veggies!!!
    Happy Monday Mary!!!

  23. April 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    LOL, we are on the same wavelength so often, I just put my veggie picnic quilt on the table for a spring garden tablescape idea!! Love those dishes.

  24. April 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Gotta tell ya,I’d love to try some of that Boston Marrow Squash, I’ll bet that heirloom is real tasty! Cute setting Mary, I have a soft spot for the bee glasses, Ma’s name is Bea:@)

  25. Sandi Allen
    April 23, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    How Beautiful! Love it all! Love the vegetable plates and watering can! Longing for Spring as we had a Blizzard here I’m Wisconsin last week that dumped 29 inches of snow here over a 3 day period.

  26. Paula
    April 23, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Looks so cute, and who wouldn’t eat their veggies sitting at that table !!???!

    Take care!!

  27. April 23, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Mary, this tablescape is speaking my language! Love every, single detail!

  28. April 23, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Another amazing table setting. I love the watering can napkin rings! I could use them on the table I just did!!! We will get the rain tomorrow night into Wed. Hopefully I can start to plant some flowers next week:) Just love this table as I did a gardening table too. Have a beautiful week!

  29. April 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Mary, your tabletop gardening is so fun! I love all the seed packets. The watering can centerpiece is garden perfect! I am with Shirley, a trip to the farmers market is needed!

  30. Catherine LUXEREAU
    April 24, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Bonjour, quel enchantement votre blog….Vos petites mises en scenes sont magnifiques…Et votre vaisselle est super jolie…ah là là…Monde magique et féerique qu’est votre blog. Merci Mary…:-) Beau temps aujourd’hui en Ile de France mais encore un peu frais…Je vous embrasse de France

  31. April 24, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    So fun, been obsessed with all things garden, to busy getting down and dirty to play, I look forward to cute garden dishes in a few years when I can sit back and enjoy all our hard work with armloads of color. You make me miss homegoods ;-) they tweaked our internet, let’s hope you keep loading and I enjoy every bit of your color! Always stunningly beautiful pics and subjects.

  32. Dorinda Selke
    April 25, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Hi Mary ~ Such a happy and spring-like tablescape. The colors are so crisp and fresh it’s like a salad for your eyes! And I had a little chuckle because I have the same watering can napkin rings gracing my kitchen table right now !! Hugs, Dorinda

  33. amberlyonferguson2017
    April 26, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Gorgeous garden inspiration!

  34. April 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Love every picture in this post!!! Love the seed packets so much!!!
    ~Emily & Jennie @

  35. April 30, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Great post bringing a little Spring feeling. Spring has been very late this year but fingers crossed I think the weather is finally warming up!

  36. May 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Such a cute tablescape in your garden shed, Mary! I love the little bee silverware and the carrots and cabbage plates ~ perfect for spring! Pinned a bunch via Tailwind for you and our readers. :)

    Happy spring,
    Barb :)

  37. May 4, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Such great eye candy! Your creativity flows with magical charm. I truly love this as my gardening heart strings are being tugged! We’ve finally melted down and I’m enjoying watching everything come alive. Tulips are on their way up! Love the snowball viburnums- they always reminds me of hydrangeas.

  38. May 29, 2018 at 1:46 am

    This is soooo beautiful! i always spend a long time looking at your pictures because you have so many different details! Thank you for linking up with It’s a Spring Tea Link Party – we are so happy you joined us! Angelina @ Petite Haus

  39. June 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    This is gorgeous !

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