Floral Friday: Blooming Drawers in the Potting Shed


I’m in the Potting Shed, enjoying the peonies ‘last hurrah’ along with roses that are blooming!

And as it’s the first Friday of the month, I’m joining my blogging friends for Floral Friday. You’ll find their links for more floral inspiration and flower therapy at the bottom of this post!

I cut the last peonies before our heavy rainfall from Alberto. Heavy rain + peonies = shattered flowers. . .there is nothing more distressing than peony confetti!


Our challenge and common theme for this edition of Floral Friday was to use a ‘box’ of some sort for flowers. 

This set of three chippy drawers were a favorite antique mall find several years ago.

Their $7 price tag and small size made them a fun additional on the ladder steps of my Hatherly Patent Lattistep in the Potting Shed.


Earth Angel Floribunda Roses planted last year are in bloom. They (and I!) would be happier with a little less rain.


I lined the drawers with plastic bags before adding wet floral foam. The chippy nature of the drawers called for a casual ‘just picked’ garden bouquet, when it came to adding the flowers, rather than an ‘arrangement’.


I added a stamped marker to the drawer, among the roses. . .

“In the garden my soul is sunshine.”

My garden and soul is lacking sunshine as of late!

‘Earth Angel’ is a fragrant old-fashioned rose with blooms that vary from white to soft pink and that change as it reaches maturity.


It takes several bloom cycles to produce peony-shaped roses.


In addition to the drawers, peonies fill a Ball jar, served up on a tole painted tray.

I took my cue from a Garden Market sign. . .

The Garden Market, Open 9 to Noon, Flowers & Potted Plants, Garden Tools & Supplies


A vintage flower frog, birdhouses, blooming spade and watering can provide some tools and supplies on a bench next to the ladder.


 ‘Keep Calm and Garden On’ provides a reminder and ‘note to self’ as a stamped spoon marker. It  joins a sprig of Lamb’s Ear in a small watering can.


Lamb’s Ear weathers the toughest of droughts and too much water can result in root rot -> Mother Nature: please take note!

I love the soft, silvery stalks with their pinkish-purple colored flowers that are always buzzing with bumblebees.

I’m saying farewell to ‘Festiva Maxima’ peony until next year …*sniff*

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

 Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs


A garden metaphor for life:

Love What You Grow and What You Love Will Grow.

Thank you for your visit!

Sharing with:

Gardens Galore @ Everyday Living
 Metamorphosis Monday
The ScoopWow Us Wednesdays,  Feathered Nest Friday

  35 comments for “Floral Friday: Blooming Drawers in the Potting Shed

  1. June 1, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I always see the statement above the comment thread and always forget to mention that you make my day too! I love those chippy boxes that sit upon your ladder. Your ladder creations are always a favorite of mine. The other day while at Whole Foods, I saw these gorgeous roses and thought,now those I would love to plant in my future garden. The peonies, the roses … stunning Mary…and love your garden metaphor for life. Another amazing Floral Friday Mary..but then again all of your posts of flowers are truly amazing….Happy Friday and have a beautiful and safe weekend!!

  2. June 1, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Beautiful peonies! I like your Garden Market sign!

  3. Pam Richardson
    June 1, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Mary, it doesn’t get any better than roses and peonies for flower therapy! Your ladder with the chippy drawers is perfect for a gorgeous display. The potting shed with bird houses, watering cans, signs, and everything gardening is what dreams dreams are made of! My lamb’s ear did not return this year and I miss it’s fuzzy texture. You provided fabulous eye candy for my first cup of coffee before I start weeding. I love sharing Floral Friday with you, have a wonderful weekend!

  4. June 1, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Very pretty Mary! I’d need a theme with a life preserver or ark… So much rain and it’s only June 1st and the humidity is through the roof!!! Oh well, hopefully the veggies will be happy. Have a great weekend and enjoy the last of the peony blooms:@)

  5. June 1, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Couldn’t be a more beautiful post…perfect for starting my day!

  6. Cyndi Raines
    June 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Such beautiful flowers! What a lovely combination, love everything in this post! I don’t have any rose bushes and that beautiful “Earth Angel” is tempting to try, but I’m out of sunny spots with my yard in so much shade. So enjoy seeing the inside of the potting shed and the ladder all decked out with awesome vintage boxes as vases. The heat and humidity for the last week has been in the 90’s which is too much for me if I’m not at the beach or in a pool, but I did manage to plant Impatience and some Geraniums. Cooler weather in the high 70’s is coming and that makes me happy and able to do more yard work. The upside to the rain is not having to lug around the gardenhose! Lol Hopefully more sun is in your forecast Mary. You sure brighten our days. Happy Friday! ☀️

  7. Stacey
    June 1, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Absolutely love your Floral Fridays! Just beautiful photos with the chippy drawers filled with peonies & roses! Always puts a smile on my face to see the beauty you capture!

  8. June 1, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Love this Mary! I’m always sad when the peonies are finished blooming and invariably there are always heavy showers that pummel the flowers. Repurposing the drawers is such a fun idea for your ladder too!

  9. S Williams
    June 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Good morning Mary! What a delightful and unique floral display. You always provide us with a calming view of nature at its best. Love the floral boxes. Must go rescue a drawer (after the rain subsides) I was going to throw away from garage clean out Monday & use it to display flowers! Thank you for your inspiration! It’s pouring buckets of rain here currently (won’t last long hopefully) so the lovely flowers are so enjoyable to gaze upon while hearing the rain & thunder. Your white bird house is so cute; love the metal bee, key & fleur de lis topping it off. Bird houses make wonderful decorations! You have a lovely collection of watering cans as well. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Clara 😃

  10. June 1, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I always look forward to Floral Fridays and it’s even better when you include your potting shed! So much eye candy here from the flowers, ladder, watering cans and sweet sign!

  11. June 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I live in Texas and we are having 107 tomorrow and are in drought mode. PLEASE send rain!!!! MY peonies were like that 6 weeks ago. I love the term peony confetti.

  12. Catherine LUXEREAU
    June 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Bonjour Mary,

    Très très joli post…Beaucoup d’imagination pour la mise ne scène avec les pivoines et les roses !

    félicitations Mary, vous êtes la reine des bouquets !

    Bonjour de France

    • June 2, 2018 at 6:09 am

      Merci pour vos gentils commentaires et visites Catherine. ♥

  13. June 1, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Mary your flowers in the chippy drawers is a show stopper! Also love your quote. This is first year that my peonies bloomed..transplanted from Mother’s garden. The rain just destroyed them. I brought one inside because of its fragrance. There are so many blossoms on the ground. You girls have really taken Floral Friday to a new dimension.

  14. June 1, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Love, love your display and love Peonies!! I will miss them too!! Have a wonderful weekend!! 🌸❤️🐚🌺🌹💐

  15. June 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Oh my, Mary, your roses and peonies are so beautiful! I can’t grow peonies here in California, but I do buy them at every occasion that I can get my hands on them. Truly, is God’s greatness displayed anywhere better than in His flower creations?

    I love sharing Floral Friday with you, thank you for starting my Friday off on such an absolute beautiful note.
    I wish you a beautiful weekend, Mary! xoxo Lidy

  16. June 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

    SWOON, Mary, Roses and peonies in a chippy drawer soo pretty! You never fail to come up with a great idea for Floral Friday theme. Wish peonies lasted longer. The blossoms smell so good for potpourri.
    I’m traveling in the car and my IPad won’t load all your pics but the first one was great so I’ll look forward to reading later on my laptop.
    Happy weekend.

  17. Donna
    June 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    So sweet & it makes for a fun Friday. Your flowers are fab.u.lous. The peonies and the rose and all that shabby decor are great in combination.

  18. June 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I have to get out this afternoon and cut my peonies, as we are having downpours tomorrow:( Like you said, they will be confetti. I wish so much they could last longer! Your shed is a dream!!! Thanks for this beauty. Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Marion
    June 1, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Mary your peonies are gorgeous. You always have a beautiful post.

  20. Joan
    June 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Everything is beautiful as always. The Roses and peonies are extra special.

  21. Marilyn
    June 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Beautiful flowers and everything else. Mary you never fail to put up a delightful post. Thank You

  22. June 2, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful Mary! I always love a peek inside your Potting Shed! The roses and peonies are lovely in those chippy boxes!

  23. June 2, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Gorgeous, the last peonies I bought in Oregon finished blooming this week, how unbearable we must wait another year! I can’t wait to have my own garden play house again, the endless fun you have!

  24. Martha Franks
    June 2, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Mary, I lose myself in your blogs! Your photography is spectacular! I read every word you write and feel like you are sharing with me one-on-one! You truly have a gift for sharing your love of home, garden, sweet pups, recipes…I could go on and on! My yard and garden area is postage stamp size and, as I grow older, I garden more and more in pots on my deck. I live in the Atlanta area and our peonies and first bloom roses are gone. Daylilies are joyfully doing their thing! Thanks so much!!!

  25. Sue
    June 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    LOVE your ladder and blooming drawers! You girls are so inspiring with your floral creations and inspiration. Happy Weekend :)

  26. June 3, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Oh no, peony confetti!! That must have broken your heart Mary, seeing your flowers melting away…but the blooms you saved are simply elegant, the peony roses are gorgeous! I love the casual feel you’ve creating with floral abundance and blooms so artfully placed it looks so natural…All of the fForal Friday creations are breathtaking!

  27. June 3, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I was busy over the weekend, and am just now stopping by, Mary. I know you love your peonies, and hate to bid them farewell. Those rose sure do resemble peonies, don’t they? Using the chippy drawers made for such a pretty, casual display. Send some of your rain this way to Texas, please! xo

  28. June 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Your displays and flowers are always tops! Lovely every time. Please share where you purchased your garden sign. It would be perfect for me. Thank you!

    • June 3, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you Mary! I purchased it from a dealer that had a booth at a local antique mall. It was hand stenciled.

  29. Pam Richardson
    June 4, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Mary, Floral Friday’s with you is pure pleasure! ❤️ Thank you for linking this beautiful post to Gardens Galore!

  30. June 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    So much inspiration whenever I visit your shed. Love the Peonies.

  31. Rita C.
    June 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Mary, I love your mix of florals and finds. I will remember your comment of peony confetti in years to come. ;) I love the stamped spoons too. Truly, in the garden my soul is sunshine. Nowhere else can I work so hard and feel so satisfied, and go to bed with aching muscles and a smile on my face.

  32. Jann Olson
    June 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Mary, I love the chippy drawers and you filled them beautifully! Peonies and roses, it doesn’t get much better than that!

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