Flower Therapy for the Rainy Day Blues and Giveaway

Are you in need of some flower therapy or a dose of spring with all the rain and snow across the US? The past 6 months have been one for the record books here in North Carolina, with 38 inches of rain, just 4 inches shy our annual total. The lake is full to overflowing and the dry creek bed by my Potting Shed is currently a moat. . .I need a drawbridge to cross it!

We were thrilled to see the rain move out, making way for some welcome sunshine yesterday and have a couple of warm, rain free days in a row in the forecast to look forward to this week. . . a rare occurrence these days!

I gathered some flower therapy from the archives with the promise of spring and summer blooms to come. Click on the links if you like to visit for more details and blooms!

Spring on the Porch 

Wellies and watering cans filled with flowers

 Spring in a Drawer!

Repurpose a drawer as a planter for spring with bulbs, eggs, moss and bunny!

Teapot Bouquets and Lakeside Table by the Azaleas

Alfresco spring dining and more teapot bouquets from my Floral Friday Friends

Spring Ball Jar Bouquets and Transferware in the Potting Shed

If you’re a follower you know, I have a ‘thing’ for jars. I’m always happy to create Ball Jar Bouquets using vintage mason jars!

May Flowers Around the Potting Shed

The first flush of spring blooms around the Potting Shed from the peonies, salvia, roses and clematis

Tea Kettle Garden Bouquet

Think outside the vase when it comes to arranging flowers. A vintage tea kettle is given a new purpose, filled with garden flowers.

Flower Therapy for the Table: Katie Alice English Garden

Add some colorful garden blooms to your table inspired by an English garden

Window Boxes, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms

Create a pollinator-friendly garden habitat in just a few simple steps.

Spring Garden Blooms

Lamb’s Ear buzzing with bees, hydrangeas and roses

 Blooming Tole Trays and Flowers

Tole trays provide the perfect ‘chippiness’ and patina of faded flowers to pair with terra cotta pots, vintage garden tools and mason jars filled with flowers in the Potting Shed.

Florabundance: Blooming Pages and A Flower Fix

Perennial favorites from my flower bed of inspiration and their blooming pages

I’m sharing some flower love to help brighten your rainy days with a little giveaway. . .

I found this blooming reverse umbrella last spring. Little did I know when I ordered it, how much use it would get! I absolutely love it and feel a bit like Mary Poppins whenever I close it. ;)

Are you familiar with reverse or inverted umbrellas? The inside-out design makes it so much easier to use than a regular umbrella, especially getting in and out of a car in the rain as it prevents water from dripping on you as the umbrella closes.

The c-shaped handle makes it easy to hang on your shopping cart, arm or hang a bag off of when you carry it, so you have a free hand. They’re also available in so many colorful designs and flowers!

I’m giving away a reverse umbrella with the design of your choice to two followers in anticipation of spring rain and April showers. For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me your favorite garden flower.

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

Subscribe by email and let me know by comment.

For a third entry, Pin a photo from this post and leave an additional comment telling me so.

(The Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo).

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. through midnight, March 8th and sponsored by me.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~ Luther Burbank

Wishing you sunshine and flowers!

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  214 comments for “Flower Therapy for the Rainy Day Blues and Giveaway

  1. Ann Woleben
    February 25, 2019 at 6:16 am

    My favorite garden flower is the hydrangea. Unfortunately, the deer come and love them, too.

    • Sandra Brown
      February 25, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Oh so many flowers to choose from—I’m a believer in Peony Power! I NEED that umbrella! Thanks for the beautiful post!

    • February 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Daffodils are my favorite. They signal spring and remind me of my grandmother who had daffodils in her yard which I could see from the house where I grew up. The umbrellas are gorgeous as well as functional.

  2. Ann Woleben
    February 25, 2019 at 6:18 am

    I pinned the Ball jar spring bouquets and transferware – such a lovely vignette~

  3. February 25, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Mary, Your flower-filled post is such a welcome sight after weeks of rain and makes my heart happy! The inverted floral umbrella looks like a perfect rainy day bouquet overhead!! I look forward to the blooms around your potting shed! My favorite flower would have to be the peony.

  4. Robyn
    February 25, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I have lots of favorites! I love hydrangeas, peonies, zinnias and wave petunias! Along with tulips, buttercups, hyacinths, Black-eyed Susan vine, verbena, coleus, knockout roses, forsythia……. your pics have me longing for Spring, warmer temps and days with my hands in the dirt! Happy Monday!!!

  5. February 25, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I pinned your beautiful quote and collage. Thank you for the chance to win ☂️🌸☔💗

  6. Robyn
    February 25, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I pinned the Luther Burbank quote and shared it to Facebook and Instagram….

  7. Kathy M.
    February 25, 2019 at 6:29 am

    This past week of dreary weather here in N.C. has me dreaming of spring flowers . Your beautiful pictures were just what I needed. My favorite flowers change with the seasons. Right now I am loving the lovely hellebores blooming in my shade garden. In a week or so the bright yellow daffodils I cut and bring inside to arrange in my old blue teapot will be my favorite followed by tulips. As a gardener it would be like picking my a favorite child to select a most loved bloom. Certainly could make good use of a pretty and well made umbrella. My fur babies want to go out no matter what the weather . Enjoy the sun predicted for the next few days ,we certainly need a break.

  8. February 25, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Those inverted umbrellas are really cool and practical! My favorite flower, hands down, is hydrangeas, especially purple ones . . . I just adore them! Good luck to everyone! :)

  9. February 25, 2019 at 6:35 am

    This winter’s weather has been… interesting… here in Philly! I’m looking forward to spring too Mary, my favorite flower still has to be zinnias. Fond memories of cutting bouquets at G-Mom-B’s house:@)

  10. February 25, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Mary, I’m a follower and always love seeing your Potting Shed, garden flowers, tablescapes and sweet pups! Thank you for the fun rainy day giveaway. I haven’t seen the inverted umbrellas, genius! My favorite flower is a toss up between the hydrangea and peony.

  11. February 25, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I pinned your beautiful window box, potting shed photo and garden flowers.

  12. Robyn
    February 25, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I love all flowers but Daisies are my favorite. They are such a happy flower.

  13. Becky McDonnell
    February 25, 2019 at 6:44 am

    My favorite flowers are peonies and hydrangeas. I pinned your peony picture to my flower board on Pinterest.

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  14. Jackie
    February 25, 2019 at 6:46 am

    My favorite garden flower is the hydrangea. So pretty and love the way they smell.

  15. Jackie
    February 25, 2019 at 6:46 am

    I am an email subscriber.

  16. Joy
    February 25, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Such a cheery and happy sight after weeks of rain here in Georgia! I’m a happy follower Mary and your posts are always so uplifting! Thank you for the giveaway, what fun umbrellas. I love so many flowers it’s hard to choose but if I have to pick one, I’d say it was the sunflower. 🌻🌻🌻

  17. Joy
    February 25, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I pinned your beautiful table and “Spring in a drawer”. Happy Monday! 🌻🌷🌸

  18. February 25, 2019 at 6:57 am

    What? Those umbrellas are so crazy gorgeous and i am so jealous of the potting shed! Yes, 2 sunny days in a row here, wow, not long or hot enough to dry up our yards though…actually we have lived with sponge condition yards etc. since the hurricane, DH drives the golf cart out and drags the trash can alonside to cross the river out front, drawbridge, what a fantiastic idea!

    • Mary
      February 25, 2019 at 7:21 am

      Love your flower therapy! My favorite garden flower is the hollyhock. My grandmother grew them and they remind me of all the good times spent with her.

      • Sandra Barnhart
        February 25, 2019 at 8:27 am

        My favorite flower is a spring one lilacs!! The look the same the memories of every spring my mom cutting bunches bringing them inside and having the fragrance feel every room.

  19. skharrow
    February 25, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I love the soft and feathery Cosmos!

  20. Gail Young
    February 25, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Gorgeous photos! Couldn’t resist pinning several to my “Spring is in the Air” board 💕! Love mason jars too, so pretty! Your lakeside table has me dreaming of warm weather and the quote ❤️
    Hydrangeas and azaleas are some of my favorites in the garden. Wonderful post, much needed after all this gloomy weather, thanks for a chance to win a beautiful umbrella 😊

  21. Donna Colver
    February 25, 2019 at 7:01 am

    My favorite flowers are hydrangea, roses and camellia. Love your posts- they are such a ray of sunshine especially on this cold windy day!

  22. Stacy Lancaster
    February 25, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Good morning and thank you for the lovely flower pictures! They brightened my windy cold morning! My favorite flower is wild iris. I have some that I took from my mother’s yard years ago and they remind me of home every year!

  23. Nancy
    February 25, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I pinned your shed photo!

    • Raylene
      February 25, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Whoever invented those umbrellas is a genius, I’d love to have one!! I’m in love with hydrangeas, peonies, tulips, lily of the valley every single day, plus many more…dahlias, zinnias, and roses!! I also pinned the Luther Burbank flower quote…its so very true!

  24. Nancy
    February 25, 2019 at 7:08 am

    My favorite garden flower is the Lake Norman Sunset day lily.

  25. Patti
    February 25, 2019 at 7:10 am

    It’s hard to say what my favorite flower is. I love them all. But after a long wet fall and winter to see the yellow daffodils or buttercups as we call them in the south give me great hope spring is just around the corner. So this year at this time of the year I am loving daffodils. Love your blog and the beautiful pictures you post

  26. Nancy
    February 25, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I am a subscriber. These umbrellas are so pretty and practical! I love being introduced to new products, recipes and ideas you have discovered through your blog. It is always a bright spot in my inbox!

  27. February 25, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Mary, what a breath of spring and summer this morning, a beautiful flower round-up! We had a sunny day yesterday with today and tomorrow promising a break in the rain. Happy Monday!

  28. Cindy
    February 25, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Mary, your posts are always inspirational and I love each one! It’s not necessarily
    my favorite flower, but I remember as a little girl picking a fully bloomed hollyhock and then a bud and put it on the “skirt “ for a head and had a flower doll. My Grandma always allowed us to pick her flowers! I pin so many of your posts and very often “copy” but always give the credit to you!

  29. Maureen E.
    February 25, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Hi, Mary,

    My favorite garden flower is the gerbera daisy. They come in so many bright and cheerful colors! I pinned the photo of the Katie Alice dinnerware to my “Spring Tablescapes” board. Love this post with all flower blogs!

    Maureen

  30. Dee Pruitt
    February 25, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Peony is my favorite just wish it had a longer bloom time. Love your post because I live on Nomoni Creek in Montross, VA. near the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Also, wondering if you have heard of Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. It’s a beautiful well written book on how to Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms? It’s on Amazon if you are interested or don’t already have it. Thank you for your beautiful blog!

  31. February 25, 2019 at 7:51 am

    What an unusual umbrella…so smart! My favorite flower is probably ranunculus, but each one has it’s own delights. Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway!

  32. Pat
    February 25, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Good morning, Mary. I am a subscriber and like so many others find it difficult to name just one flower as my favorite. If I have to I would say pansies as they always have such happy faces. I saved the Luther Burbank quote and picture. Thank you for your sunshine you spread each time you post.

  33. Chrisott68@me. Com
    February 25, 2019 at 8:01 am

    My Favorite Garden Flower is a. Tulpes they are in a pretty colors in Spring

  34. Jane Teague
    February 25, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Of all the beautiful flowers, I look forward most to the hyacinth for its early colors after our long winters and especially to its incredible aroma that announces gardening season is here!

  35. Marie
    February 25, 2019 at 8:06 am

    My favorite flower is a lily-of-the-valley. Alas, I can’t grow them here in Florida, where I live now. Can you grow them there? I would love it if you could/would because I think your photography is amazing! Hint hint ;-)

  36. Jane Teague
    February 25, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I just pinned “Blooming Tole Trays.” It was hard to pick just one!

    • Alice Genzlinger
      February 25, 2019 at 8:31 am

      I don’t have a favorite flower, love them all. But lately I’ve been remembering the wild violets that bloomed in little nooks and crannys everywhere. Their smell is wonderful and I love it’s the french flower. My sister lives in NC out in the country. Her well water has become muddy. She has to have a new well dug but the weather has been atrocious, so much so that the new well has to wait until the land dries up enough that the well digging equipment can get in. It looks like the South will have a few dry days this week.i look forward each morning to find your latest garden ideas. Your imagination has no limits nor your talents. Love that you share with us.

      • Jamie from Kentucky
        February 25, 2019 at 8:54 am

        Mornin Mrs Mary… It’s.. a..beautiful day in the gardenhood, (think Mr. Rogers tune) hahaha.. I’m in a happier mood with the sun shining here in Kentucky for 2 days now!!! As a subscriber I look forward to your lovely images popping up in my email. I sat down Saturday plotting out what would go into which pots this spring and this post along with readers replies have given more colors to add. I guess it depends on the season as to what is a favorite garden flower!! But I will keep it simple for today and say a large red geranium!!! Happy day to you!!

  37. Nancy Bailey
    February 25, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Mary – As a subscriber YOUR posts make MY day! My favorite flower is the peony, the more lush and flamboyant the better.

  38. Marie
    February 25, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I pinned the photo with the gardening books

  39. Amy
    February 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for the flower therapy and sharing your amazing photography and styling skills Mary! Like you, we’re enjoying a reprieve from the rain and some sunshine today. So many flowers to choose from, but I would have to say the Daffodil due to its sunny yellow color and as it is a harbinger of spring!

  40. February 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    We are still fighting snow and ice here in northern NY. I love the first signs of spring when some hardy daffodils will pop up and my lilac and pussy willow trees are a favorite when they start to bloom. I love your photos and they make me smile. I especially love your potting shed and all your sweet vignettes. I had never heard of the reverse umbrella but hoping rain here brings us flowers! Lynn

  41. gloryj
    February 25, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I love Peonies. To my mind, it’s not spring until they appear and open wide to release their glorious scent.

  42. franki
    February 25, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Well…I’m going with hydrangea. Peony is probably my best, but, short lived after cutting…hiwever, that hydrangea goes on and on and on. Fortunately, for me, I’m surrounded by them, my blessed hydrangea. franki

  43. Amy
    February 25, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I am a faithful follower! Pinning to my “Spring” and “Beautiful Blooms” boards!

  44. Valeri
    February 25, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I Iove your blog! Red tulips for me, pansies for my aunt, daffodils for my father-in-law and hollyhocks and iris for my grandmothers and mother If I can get it to work, I will pin something.

  45. Sharon Johnson Elsberry
    February 25, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Wow..Another beautiful post!! My favorite flower is the Hydrangea. Thank you for sharing this wonderful umbrella….it is amazing! Have a wonderful week!

  46. Mildred
    February 25, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Thank you so much for today’s post. It brightened my day. Here in Middle Tennessee we have had days and days of rain. But, the sun is shining today along with your post of beautiful flowers.
    Hydrangeas are my favorite garden flower. Any variety and any color.
    Pinning the Spring Garden Blooms collage.
    Have a beautiful day!

  47. Terri
    February 25, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Iris are my favorite flower. Can hardly wait to see them this spring!

  48. gloryj
    February 25, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I pinned your Luther Burbank quote in Gardening for Fae and Flowers.

  49. Lynn Barber
    February 25, 2019 at 8:20 am

    I pinned the potting shed with all the watering cans ! Thank You again for bringing me some flowers to enjoy!

  50. Nancy Bailey
    February 25, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I Pinned the picture of the interior of your potting shed to my ‘In The Garden’ Pinterest file. The inside of my new potting shed is almost ready to decorate and yours gives me so many ideas. Thank you.

  51. Adele
    February 25, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I love the pink flower umbrella. One of my co-workers has this type of umbrella and loves it.

  52. February 25, 2019 at 8:23 am

    An umbrella has been a frequent accessory in Houston, too. One thing the rain has done is bring forth an abundant crop of weeds! As for a favorite flower, I like them all because they add so much color to my world. If I had to pick one it would be a dahlia, no, a peony, no, a hydrangea. I think you get the picture.

  53. Deb
    February 25, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Gorgeous post this morning Mary! This has me itching to buy flowers or visit the garden center and plan for spring planting. My favorite flowers are lilacs but unfortunately can’t grow them here. Their fragrance is divine and takes me back to when I was a girl and visited my grandmother. Thank you for the beauty and sunshine you share!!

  54. Deb
    February 25, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Pinning!!! I’m a follower!

  55. Mary
    February 25, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Mary your Flower Therapy couldn’t come at a better time! So beautiful and inspriing! All time favorite is a lillac. Pinned Blooming Tole Trays and Spring in a Drawer.

  56. February 25, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Wonderful flower therapy and eye candy Mary! Flowers have really gotten me through this long rainy winter! They really do influence your mood and spirits! I got my daughter one of these umbrellas for Christmas because she is so hard on umbrellas, she LOVES it! Hers is just plain black, I’ve not seen these amazing flower ones before!! So CUTE!!
    As for choosing a favorite flower, that’s like choosing your favorite child, impossible!
    Jenna

  57. February 25, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Peonies are my favorite. I can’t seem to grow them so I have silk ones I put out in the spring.

  58. February 25, 2019 at 8:30 am

    What a fun giveaway! I’ve not seen those umbrellas before, how cool are those!! Hard to choose just one favorite flower, I love anything that blooms. But, for today, I’ll choose hyacinths, as they bloom early in spring, are beautiful colors and have such a lovely fragrance. Thanks for the spring inspiration, I am sooooo ready for a bit of warmth and sunshine!

  59. February 25, 2019 at 8:31 am

    I pinned the picture of the beautiful peony. Such lovely variegated shades of pink.

  60. S C Williams
    February 25, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Mary, What a beautiful post! Roses are my favorite but zinnias and hydrangeas are close in the running too. Seeing the daffodils pop out after so much rain here in SW TN is such a welcome sign of spring. Thanks for a chance to win as the hubby got some chemical on my large navy umbrella which is now tie dyed but it has worked in all the rain but isn’t very pretty! I always look forward to receiving your emails as they are so uplifting and inspirational. Clara ☔🌞🌹💐

  61. February 25, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I need a new umbrella! Ha! Beautiful post as always. My favorite flower is the zinnia — makes me think of my Granny!

  62. Susan B
    February 25, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Good morning Mary, thank you for all the beautiful flowers today, they certainly brightened up my Monday morning. My favorite flower are Peonies!! The umbrellas are gorgeous. If I’m lucky enough to win, I’ll give mine away to my Mom for her birthday coming up in March, I know she will just love this umbrella. I’ve also pinned your Florabundance photo, the arrangement is absolutely gorgeous!

  63. Nancy
    February 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

    After the “bomb cyclone” of 50 mph winds and non-stop rain that we had in Michigan this weekend, your post gave me hope that spring may just be four weeks away. Thank you for uplifting my day and my spirits. I need to banish the winter blues and go buy some flowers. Maybe tomorrow! Many in our area has no power!

  64. Dana
    February 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

    There are not many flowers I don’t love. I love camellias, I actually have them in pots on my front porch and they are blooming now. Probably why I love them ;). Another bonus is the deer don’t like them so leave them alone. That is a very clever umbrella, and I have never seen one. We have had tons of rain as well and anything to brighten our gloomy days is welcome.

  65. February 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Good morning, Mary! Thank you for the uplifting flower therapy for our hearts and souls. I always am inspired by your blooming vases and plants in and outside your home. My favorite flower is the daisy. They just make me smile. Here’s sending love a sunshine across the miles to you….

  66. Amy Rossi
    February 25, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Hard to pick just one, as most beloved blooms remind me of family members….currently I love daylillies!

  67. Roxanne
    February 25, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Loved seeing all your flowers as a reminder Spring is coming! I never met a flower I didn’t like, but I’m especially partial to camellias, hydrangeas, and the kitten faces of pansies. The sun is shining brilliantly here in Clemson, and I am doing a happy dance!

  68. Jamie from Kentucky
    February 25, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Mrs Mary…I pinned the lovely pink peonie… That would be my May favorite flower…hahaha

  69. February 25, 2019 at 8:58 am

    My favorite flowers are the large clematis, and I also love peonies (although I haven’t had a lot of success with them in my area.)

  70. Nancy
    February 25, 2019 at 9:02 am

    By far my favorite flower is the hydrangea.

  71. Linda
    February 25, 2019 at 9:02 am

    O these are so pretty and so nice when you put them down not to get wet. They are all so pretty ! My favorite flower would be the hydrangeas . Thanks for a chance to win !

  72. Annetta Francis
    February 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Such lovely flowers. I would have to say my favorite is the Peony. I do wish they styed around a little longer.

  73. Jamie
    February 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    We love the Peggy Martin rose! And of
    Course in Texas, the bluebonnets promise to be spectacular this year!

  74. Nancy
    February 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I also love peony’s because my grandfather had peonies in his garden and would always cut a handful for me when I was leaving to go home. I am a subscriber.

  75. Karenann S.
    February 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Thank you for such a thoughtful giveaway gift! The umbrellas are beautiful, and I have never seen an inverted umbrella before, genius! My favorite garden flower is the hydrangea. I have them scattered all over my backyard gardens and the bring such beauty to my home!

  76. Annetta Francis
    February 25, 2019 at 9:22 am

    So hard to decide my favorite picture to pin. So I pinned three lol. The flowers around the potting shed, the shelves and the vintage tea kettle.

  77. Karen
    February 25, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful Post! Such a hard decision to pick just one favorite. When the morning Glories pop out in the morning they make me smile so I’ll have to go with them.

  78. Maureen
    February 25, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I love tulips. I have for so long. How beautiful to carry flowers on a day when it rains.

  79. Susan Scott
    February 25, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Hellebores are one of my favorites. They bloom all winter and then close to spring they really put on a show, lots and lots of blooms. Deer and bunnies leave them alone. They also multiply very nicely. Right now i have bright pink , white and a lovely shade of green blooms.

    Looking forward to spring!

  80. chloe Ward
    February 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Thank you, thank you for sharing all the beautiful flowers. Gives me so much to look forward to. Hard to pick a favorite, but going with the sunflowers and zinnias.

  81. Jane Greene
    February 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Love this post…such beautiful colors on this rare snowy day I woke to this morning in Albany, Oregon. My favorite flower is the Daffodil. They remind me of my Mother. My Mother used to tell me they were her favorites because they put the sunny smile on a garden and were happy little flowers. Her favorite poem was “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth.

  82. Bonnie Morgan
    February 25, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for the lovely eye candy. Hope you do not have any more rain or gloomy days.
    Mary, you are usually up on tech changes. Is the gravatar new to comment on Word Press? I don’t usually have to fill in all my info for your blog to comment.

    • February 25, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Hi Bonnie, You may have had to reenter all your info if you deleted your browser history or cleared your cache/cookies. Also a browser update or commenting on a different device might be the culprit. Hope you’re enjoying some sunshine in your neck of the woods. ♥

  83. February 25, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Peony for sure, but then there are many others on my list. I have been a follower and subscribe for a long time now. Your potting shed has inspired me in many ways over the years. I am always happy to see a new post up!

  84. Karen Moore
    February 25, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Hydrangea is my favorite. They struggle in my yard, but I love them.

  85. Patty
    February 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Oh my! It would be impossible to pick just one favorite flower. But, I do have a favorite flower person! My Grandma Linder LOVED flowers. Growining up in the sixties, her house was my very favorite place to be. She had an enormous flower garden filled with gladiolus, iris, tulips, Gerber daisies, and daffodils. In her dining room and kitchen she grew very persnickety African violets in every shade from white, to pink, to deep purple. Her old farmhouse had beautiful flower wallpaper in every room. Including the ceilings! To a young girl, her home was flower Heaven!

  86. February 25, 2019 at 10:33 am

    The spring Ball Jar is my pin pick and the Hydrangeas are stunning. I personally can get enough of them in my garden especially 💗 Annebelle. I agree 🌸 Flowers 🌸 are truly the medicine for the
    Soul.💕

  87. Sue Ellen Curtis
    February 25, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I love roses. I love roses so much, my youngest daughter’s name is Sara Rose. I love their beautiful smell and the abundant varieties, you can get them in. You can also tell by my email address, how much I love them. I use that address for my business….Happy {almost} Spring…..

  88. Karen
    February 25, 2019 at 10:37 am

    All this rain can get tiring but think of your fantastic blooms coming soon! Picking a favorite flower is like picking a favorite child. Today, I’m dreaming about my dahlias as they symbolizes a wonderful, happy sunny day.

  89. Julie Duncan
    February 25, 2019 at 10:38 am

    PEONY, for sure! I never met a flower I didn’t like, but Peony scent elicits my earliest memory of childhood.

  90. Linda Rubin
    February 25, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Your posts are always so inspiring. I am so ready for Spring. I really love all flowers but my favorite is the peony or the rose. The peony has such a wonderful fragrance.

  91. Betsy
    February 25, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Without hesitation, my favorite garden bloom is the hydrangea! I love watching the change in color from the lime green of the beginning bud to it’s glorious large head of pink (or white, blue, or maroon!) all the way to the beige at the end of the cycle. One can never have too many hydrangea’s and they are a terrific flower for your mini-bouquet’s in a ball jar! The flower umbrella looks like something you would design; What a fitting Spring giveaway!

  92. Linda
    February 25, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Hydrangeas and roses are two of my favorites. A couple of years ago, I added several cannas with their splash of vibrant color around our yard. They are show stoppers or should I say “car stoppers” as I had a gentlemen stop his car and ask permission to take pictures of them :-). Thank you Mary for brightening these stormy winter days with flower joy.

  93. Julie
    February 25, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Currently, my Spring favorite is tulips But it’s subject to change daily. There are so many choices.

  94. Edene Riggs
    February 25, 2019 at 10:52 am

    My favorite garden flowers are azaleas and I am anxious for the blooms this year!

  95. February 25, 2019 at 10:52 am

    What a beautiful way to start my day by viewing so many pretty flower photos! More snow here this morning…so I am looking forward to my favorite flowers, daffodils, which line our drive and are the first sign of spring here in the PNW. I subscribe to your emails and will pin! What a unique idea, this amazing umbrella!

  96. Dee
    February 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

    LOVE the umbrella. I had no idea they came in those designs. Love your blog and it always cheers me up. You give so much inspiration to others to enjoy the little things in life.

    Dee from Houston

  97. Deborah
    February 25, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Can’t get enough time with PEONIES! I have early, mid and late blooming – really love the two-toned pink with deep pink peonies. Beautiful, elegant, fragrant – ahhhhhhhh.

  98. Edene Riggs
    February 25, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I pinned the beautiful collage of pictures from this post–so cheerful and beautiful!

  99. Theresa R Keller
    February 25, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Iris, spider lilies & agapanthas are my favorites and I love this umbrella!! Hopefully we will have a couple of dry days this week. :)

  100. Caressa Medlin
    February 25, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I love coneflowers/echinacea! I am pinning Spring on the Porch! I am already subscribed to your email and face book bc I love the inspiration I glean from your posts. I am looking forward to spring and the daffodils have already popped up through our property. I also love to see the wisteria vines hanging with clusters of purple blooms! Oh glorious spring! Have a wonderful week.

  101. Teresa Emenheiser
    February 25, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Lilacs are my favorite – the smell is just wonderful!

  102. cigalechanta
    February 25, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I don’t get much sun to plant my beloved peonies, In season, they cost $9 each. Maybe the umbrella will satisfy my hunger.

  103. Joy B
    February 25, 2019 at 11:22 am

    My favorite garden flower – can I pick just one? Daffodils because they are so cheerful, daylillies because they bloom for a longer period, and remind me of my grandmother, but most of all, I’d say VIOLETS. While some consider them weeds, they are far and away my favorite flower and I happily welcome them in my garden.

  104. Linda Haley
    February 25, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I pinned the delightful hydrangea/transferwear shot. LOVE it and this entire post. I agree- it’s a Mary Poppins umbrella- practically perfect in every way. I guess tulips win (today) for my favorite flower.

  105. Martha B
    February 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Beautiful umbrellas. The Luther Burbank Home and gardens is nice place to visit if you ever get the chance. My favorite flower is the Hydrangea. I have several blue hydrangea but the actual blue blooms are rare. They come out mostly pink and purple.

  106. Vickey H Morgan
    February 25, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Gardenia…beauty and fragrance…your presentations bring warmth and beauty to the reader…so you are a flower in bloom.

  107. Rhonda Steelman
    February 25, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Peonies are my favorite garden flower.

  108. Rhonda Steelman
    February 25, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I pinned the role tray with flowers pic on Pinterest. Now I am going to check out these umbrellas.

  109. Tina
    February 25, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE all flowers, so picking one favorite is extremely difficult! I would say that delphiniums would have to be at the top (along with foxgloves, poppies, cosmos, zinnias, daylilies……..) I definitely would love to win one of these beautiful umbrellas!!! Thank you for the great giveaways on here. :)

  110. Tina
    February 25, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I am on your email list. I also adore hydrangeas! I can’t wait to start planting, so your beautiful site and photos help me to get my “fix” before I can dig! :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  111. February 25, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Thanks so much—This is just the post I needed today, Mary. It is 12 degrees here in Chicagoland and we had a horrible wind day yesterday and so much damage. I just wanted to thank you for the beatiful post, and pass as an entry, as I have already won once in one of your give-aways. And, now I’m going to decorated my buffet with your inspirations! Grins, Sandi.

  112. February 25, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I live just outside of Chicago snd I must admit I am coming close to forgetting that flowers will come again. We have had so much snow,rain, sleet and hail this winter and so little sun!! My favorite flower is the hydrangea, particularly the soft blue ones.

  113. Kem
    February 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Geraninums. The big white ones. I needed your post today. Heartfelt felt thank you. Tusen Tack.

  114. February 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    My favorite garden flowers are peonies, they are so gorgeous come in different colors & easy to clip, and place in a vase anywhere in your home.

  115. Kim
    February 25, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    As a fellow North Carolinian I, too, am in need of flower therapy. I do believe I feel better just seeing the previews of your flowery posts. Can’t wait to check them all out further. It is challenging to pick one favorite flower as I love most of them. However, I think it would have to be hydrangea. They do so well here and look beautiful in the garden and in the vase.
    I have not seen an umbrella like this. How cool and how pretty. Thanks for the chance to win. I hope we don’t see rain for a while, but I do believe it’s on the radar. This umbrella would definitely brighten up the gloomiest day.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of them.

  116. February 25, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Hydrangeas are another one of my favorite flowers because alone they are gorgeous or with an arangement they fit in with any other type of flower. Dry them & enjoybthem for years.

  117. Kim
    February 25, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I pinned your Easter in a drawer and English flower table. Both so pretty and springy.

  118. Dianne Chrestopoulos
    February 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Gardenias are my favorite flower overall. Love this post, thank you!

  119. February 25, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    So hard to pick just one, but I love my oakleaf hydrangeas that bloom in the spring.

  120. JoAnn
    February 25, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Blue Hydrangeas for sure!

  121. Cheryl Foley
    February 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I love sunflowers 😊

  122. Janice Alexander
    February 25, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I love Hydrangeas! They come in a variety of shades & add color to my yard into Fall.
    Your Spring flower post made my day! We have had lots of snow & rain the past couple of weeks in the Seattle area. I long got warmer weather so my bulbs will begin blooming.
    What a fun umbrella! The designs are so fun!

  123. February 25, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Geraniums are my favorite! You have beautiful photography on your blog, it always makes me smile. I follow you on my reader- Inoreader.

  124. Gayle
    February 25, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I love ranunculus! Beautiful, dainty, and long-lasting as a cut flower. My mom always had them in her flower beds when I was young. They are just beginning to bud and open in my garden. I am a subscriber and have pinned a photo to my Pinterest cutting garden board.

  125. Sue
    February 25, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I love ALL spring flowers but if forced to pick, it has to be the peony! Thank you for brightening our lives with your creativity and excellent photography skills!

  126. Bonnie Baker
    February 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    The umbrella is amazing – so lovely and so practical! I pinned your collage with the Luther Burbank quote in it. It combined so many wonderful shots of your garden, shed and talent. My favorite flower would have to be the hydranga. I love them blooming and then I have dried ones in the house in the fall and winter.

  127. Tricia
    February 25, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I love Peonies! And I love this umbrella. I’d never heard of these!

  128. Tric
    February 25, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I subscribe to your blog. for a second chance win.

  129. Tricia
    February 25, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I subscribe to your blog- for the second chance win.

  130. Tricia
    February 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I pinned the umbrella- for a third chance win.

  131. patmay1122
    February 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Ilove Lilacs. They mean spring has sprung
    I pinned the peony for another chance to win!

  132. Gail the Peony lover
    February 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I’m going to have to review your page again to absorb all this loveliness.

  133. February 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    So fun to see spring awash here, I am just heading into 12″ of rain thru Wed starting in a couple of hours, I took a meager garden walk before my yard becomes a sheet of water to capture what color I could find… It was less than a handful! Prepare yourself, what comes here first ends up in your backyard a few days later! We have ten days of rain coming 🌂☔💧 thanks for the spring fling, I needed some garden therapy!

  134. Beatrice
    February 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Here in the almost-Tropical South, my favorite spring bloom is the Phalaenopsis orchid. I have them plastered on my palm trees by the pool, in pots, on bark sticks hanging from hooks…everywhere. They are just opening now, sprays and sprays of many-colored dancing beauty. They last for weeks and make a good cut flower. They require almost no care but occasional food and Conserve spray.

  135. February 25, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Mary! Thanks for another beautiful post and opportunity to win! I love the Hydrangea but struggle to grow them in the Florida sand. I pinned the teapot bouquets by the lake. What a lovely scene!

  136. Marion
    February 25, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Mary my favorite flower is a tie between the Pansy and Morning Glory. I subscribe to your blog. This is a gorgeous post.
    Marion

  137. Joan
    February 25, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    My favorite flower is the Lily Of The Valley. Love all the photos of the flowers.
    Joan

  138. Marilyn
    February 25, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    The flowers and the bunny and egg display are lovely. My favorite flower is the Gladiola.
    Marilyn

  139. Gwen Johnson
    February 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    All flowers bring a smile to my face and the wonderment of revitalization but my favorite is the hydrangea with ranunculus a close second. Lovely post with so many ideas I want to try out!

  140. Linda R Cunningham
    February 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Mary, By far the Hydrangeas are my favorite, but I would take any flower if it made my garden look like yours! The winter has seemed harsh and long, so your post was inspiring and beautiful!! I pinned the umbrella for an additional chance. I love these umbrellas.

  141. Peggy Reed
    February 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Roses are my favorite….awh, the fragrance! Thanks for posting the beautiful reminder of spring to come!

  142. February 25, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Peonies and Nikko Blue Hydrangeas are my favs. We recently saw the new Mary Poppins and like you, we have been in the monsoon belt (in the South) for ages now. Sunshine today – YEAH! I am also a long time subscriber, so double yeah – two chances!

  143. Terie
    February 25, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I ❤️Tulips and Roses. Thank you for the giveaway. Those umbrellas are seriously cute 😍

  144. Terie
    February 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I pinned your beautiful peony picture on Pinterest 😍

  145. February 25, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    My favorite garden flower has always been fragrant white Peonies although last year I started growing Dahlias for the first time and am quickly becoming addicted!

  146. February 25, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Wow that is the neatest umbrella! I love the peony flower! The smell is intoxicating and the flower is a work of art!

  147. Diana Moore
    February 25, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    My favorite flower is the Zinnia ❤️👏🏻

  148. Marlene Olson
    February 25, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Oh thank you for this post-I live in the upper Midwest where there’s snow everywhere, it’s 5 degrees and spring is 45 days away-at least☹️ I need to see flowers blooming and this post made me feel much better. Spring will get here eventually 🌷🌹

  149. Caroline Wiley
    February 25, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Shasta daisy is my favorite garden flower. They last so long. And hubby has been giving them to me on our anniversary for the last 45 years. He lasts a long time too!

  150. Leslie Singleton
    February 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I pinned the picture of your potting shed. I have a rain chain but your watering cans are amazing! I also really like the stained glass window hanging in the porch opening.

  151. Leslie Singleton
    February 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I actually purchased one of those umbrellas as a Christmas gift but have yet to get one for myself even though I really want to get one. I would say my favorite flower is a fistful of wildflowers. I enjoy so many it is hard to pick just one: Queen Anne’s lace, perhaps. But then, I also really like all types of hydrangea.

  152. February 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Mary, this post is just what I needed today. It’s definitely spring like weather here, but the garden is looking pretty sad. I think tomorrow morning I’ll be a garden girl. Here’s to spring flowers!

  153. Lauren Schmidt
    February 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I love so many flowers but if I have to choose just one, it would have to be Lily of the Valley for their sweet scent and purity.

  154. February 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I have so many of your pictures pinned. Today, this vignette in the Blooming tole trays and flowers caught my eye. It’s just what I want in my house, rustic shelves full of flowers, cute knick-knacks and old rusty garden hand tools (my absolute favorite). I adore the way everything is arranged.

  155. February 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Tulips and ranunculus have to be my favorite garden flowers of all time! Thanks for such a great post. I love it!

  156. February 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I just pinned your string in a drawer vignette. Just love how you decorate!

  157. February 25, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve been seeing these inverted umbrellas around and I just love the ones with the flowers on the inside. It makes you so happy to look up and see a burst of spring on a rainy day!

  158. Cheryl King
    February 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Currently purchasing and taking divisions from friends for peonies. Hoping to increase them substantially this year. I think I saw this umbrella in a bluebird design on Amazon. Pinned as well. Thank you!

  159. Donna Maurer
    February 25, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I love peonies! Your pictures of all your flowers make my day! I keep the emails and look at them when I need some cheering up. The umbrella would brighten up any rainy rain. I LOVE your blog and look forward to every one. Would love to see how you store it all.

  160. Kathy
    February 25, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Asking a gardener to choose a favorite flower is like asking a mom to choose her favorite child, isn’t it? I spent some time perusing seed catalogs today so your beautiful garden pictures were appreciated today. I will admit to a fondness for peonies. Have a wonderful day.

  161. Pamela Sweeney
    February 25, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Hard to pick just one. I love gardenias, hydrangeas, camellias, sunflowers, any lily…

    • Donna
      February 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

      I’m a longtime subscriber to your wonderful blog! I’ve never seen or heard of these umbrellas before and would love to have one.

  162. Marie
    February 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Like so many others, it is very difficult to pick just one favorite. I love parrrot tulips, daffodils, peonies, sweet peas, Lilly of the Valley, garden roses and lilacs probably the most. I have been tempted by the inverted umbrellas, but had never seen the ones you featured with the lovely flower undersides. I am very ready for SPRING. I am an email follower, too.

  163. Cyndi Raines
    February 26, 2019 at 12:23 am

    What a great post, so many pretty pictures and pretty flowers. Love the “Spring in a Drawer” post as my favorite spring flowers are daffodills and hyacinths. I’ll pass on this contest as I am still so enjoying The Southern Living Party Cookbook! My favorite time to read is just before bedtime, but can’t read it then as I get hungry, lol. Those umbrellas are awesome and so very smart. Good luck to all. Thanks Mary for your generosity and great gift ideas.☔

  164. Chrissy Ott
    February 26, 2019 at 6:50 am

    My daughter, Chris, who is challenged tried to send you a comment the other day. She fell in love with the Umbrella. Said her email address would not go through. So I am sending her comment for her. She loves Tulips because they remind her of our Spring gardens. Hoping to see those gardens soon!! Fingers crossed Chrissy!

  165. Peggy Ott
    February 26, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Love that Umbrella! Who wouldn’t feel pretty carrying that on a cloudy, rainy day. Clever!! What a fun giveaway!! Bring on the showers and flowers!! My favorite flower is a Dahlia. Beautiful!!!

  166. Ruth Miller
    February 26, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Oh dear, choosing just one favorite garden flower? Very difficult. I love peonies, roses, iris, delphinium, hydrangeas, rhododendron, tall purple and blue salvia that the hummingbirds love…Ah, can’t wait to see my garden come to life again. I guess I would have to choose the hydrangea if made to pick only one. Tiny little flowers all together to make one large lovely bloom-and the colors! Love blues in the garden.
    Thank you for your offer and for your lovely pictures that I have been pinning. You have a beautiful eye!

  167. Ruth Miller
    February 26, 2019 at 7:08 am

    And how could I forget to mention foxglove? I love them too! Love the name, love the flower, love their height and variations.

  168. Anne
    February 26, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hard to pick a favorite flower … maybe roses, especially the antique varieties.

  169. Janice Baxter
    February 26, 2019 at 7:31 am

    What a pretty umbrella. My favorite flower has to be peonies. Mine are 32 years old and have spread into huge ruffled masses and all I have to do is just admire their beauty!

  170. Janice Baxter
    February 26, 2019 at 7:33 am

    The flower I pinned is what looks like my favorite the Sarah Bernhardt peony.

  171. Debbie H.
    February 26, 2019 at 8:14 am

    The umbrellas are beautiful! My favorite flower is the hydrangea. So pretty even when dried!

  172. ellenstillabower@yahoo.com
    February 26, 2019 at 8:49 am

    My favorite flower is peonies…they were my father’s favs too and the smell is heavenly….when they are gone for the summer, my next favorite is the ZINNIA…so colorful and long lasting…I do have an inside out umbrella but mine is not as beautiful as these here. Good luck to everyone and we could all use that umbrella ☂..it’s been a very wet winter…thanks Mary…☂️🌼❤️

  173. ellenstillabower@yahoo.com
    February 26, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I pinned to my favorites the beautiful tablescape with the yellow and blue flowers…and blue salad plate…I love dishes (don’t need more) and that setting is beautiful…it’s the last picture in the series.. thanks again!!

  174. April
    February 26, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Today I am especially glad to be an email subscriber! After a month of record-setting snow and below 0 temps (-50!), your flower pix inspired me that Spring will come! My fave flower is a toss up between roses, dahlias and peonies. The reverse umbrella would have me praying for a walk in the rain!

  175. Rebecca Reavis
    February 26, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Pink Peonies are for sure my favorite!

  176. Kathy M.
    February 26, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Lilacs because my mother had beautiful ones at the home I grew up in. Every time I see them I think of her.

  177. Granny Gay:)
    February 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Hydrangeas and gardenias are my very favorites, Mary…oh, and daffodils, tulips and Dutch iris…so many more, but those named are an introduction to spring for me…and of course with Mardi Gras upon us here in S. Louisiana, I am loving the ‘beaded trees’ which began appearing this past weekend! One of those umbrellas would serve well for catching beads…they are beautiful!

  178. February 26, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    What beautiful photographs! I love your porch!

  179. Marie H
    February 26, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    My favorite flowers are peonies.They’re beautiful and tuff enough to with stand SD weather

  180. Marie H
    February 26, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Pinned the photo with the tole trays and flowers.

  181. Lisa Ronan
    February 26, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I never tire of reading your posts and seeing your pictures! Of all the blogs I follow, yours is at the top of my list to be transported to in a fairytale 😂 Someday I hope that my blog and pictures will bring a smile to someone’s face like I’m sure yours does for so many. My favorite flower is a hard one; there’s few that I don’t like but one I plant every year for sure are snapdragons. And, obviously I’m already a subscriber:)

  182. Lisa Ronan
    February 26, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I pinned the front of the shed pic with all the watering cans. I’m totally recreating this at my house someday!

  183. Cheryl
    February 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    It is hard to pick a favorite flower…love the tulips in the spring and peonies. I am a follower and always enjoy your posts your pictures are always so beautiful. The umbrellas are all so pretty, thanks for the giveaway!

  184. Cheryl
    February 26, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Pinned the repurposed drawer, a lovely spring idea.

  185. Cas
    February 26, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful blog. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, lilacs and hyacinths.

  186. Cas
    February 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve saved some photos to Pinterest.

  187. February 27, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Oh love that umbrella, pinned photo and now – my favorite flower is the Poppy, hard to grow here in humid VA but my Italian grandmother loved them and so do I.

  188. Rita C.
    February 27, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, Mary! Those umbrellas are gorgeous! I’m pinning it just so I can remember it, such a cheerful way to deal with the rain. And yes, we’ve had record amounts too. What a year all of 2018 was with the rain. It was great for the garden, though. I can’t wait to see my iris blooming again. They are my favorite. You have so many beautiful posts with your flowers. Perfect therapy for this end of winter blues. Great giveaway. You’re so generous to your readers!

  189. Kelli Morehead
    February 27, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for the lovely post! What gorgeous pictures! My favorite flower is the bearded iris. I love the light lavender ones with the yellow beards, the dark purple ones with the yellow beards, and the peach ruffled ones the most. I can’t wait for spring to get here so my irises can bloom again!

  190. STACI PRICKETT
    February 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Favorite flowers are Lily of the Valley and May Apple blooms

  191. STACI PRICKETT
    February 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Pinned the potting shed…

  192. February 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I have a hard time picking a favorite flower 🌸 I usually love what ever is blooming. If hard pressed, stargazer lilies would do fine.
    I pinned the picture of inside of your shed. Inspiration for ours (mine😉) coming this year. Making an old shed into a potting shed. Anyway, that umbrella looks awesome. Stay dry!

  193. February 28, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Oh, Mary! What a breath of Spring. Thank you. This WI winter seems endless and I can’t believe it’s almost March. My favorite flower is the Pansy. We enjoy them inside for early Spring and are the sunshine of the first color in the garden. Beautiful umbrellas!! Stay dry and warm.

  194. Ginny Bunn
    March 2, 2019 at 7:51 am

    My favorite flower is the peony, I love their beautiful unfolding layers! As I read your flower posts, I always try to name every flower correctly before I read your comment, LOL, & more times than not, I am right. I thank my grandmother & mother for teaching me. I also identify every flower, tree, or shrub as I walk with my girls (now grown & flown) so they learn as well. There have been times that they will text me a picture of a flower or tree or shrub & ask me the name. I love it, makes me smile!

  195. Linda Tietjen
    March 2, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I needed some “flower therapy” and your post was just the right dosage! I do so enjoy your many talents! Had not seen the unique umbrella design…love it! As for my favorite flower, I would select the daffodil…although, ALL flowers are my one weakness! Again, thank you fir sharing your creative talents! (My daffodils are blooming here on the coast already!)

  196. Susie
    March 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Impossible to pick just one! Lemon yellow daffodils in spring, peonies and Lilies of the Valley in summer, and mums in the fall!

  197. Mary Ann Hallinan
    March 4, 2019 at 9:47 am

    My favorite flower is the Gerber Daisy! They’re so cheerful and colorful. I just love umbrellas. I never leave home without one. The inverted floral umbrella is incredible and would certainly be a welcomed addition. I’d be “tickled-pink” to win one!! 🌸💖 🍃🌷🍃🦋🍃🌼🍃☔️🍃🌻🍃💜🍃🌺🍃🌈🍃

  198. Linda L Hovgaard
    March 5, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    My favorite Spring flowers are Snow Drops with Johnny Jump ups, Columbines and Daffodils not far behind. The snow drops are so delicate and I love the beautiful green and white combination. The Johnny Jump Ups reseed themselves and come back every year in beautiful drifts that blanket the flowerbeds and garden. I’ve always loved old fashioned Columbines and the cheery faces of delightful Daffodils. Okay that’s more than one but I love them all. And that’s just my favorite Spring flowers….lol.

  199. Melinda Randall
    March 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Love your beautiful flower pictures. So ready for spring!!

  200. Melinda Randall
    March 8, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I especially love daffodils. I pinned a pic also..

  201. Eloise Fitzsimmons
    March 8, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    My favorite flower would be Miss Peony . A big vase of them transforms any space. I tried pinning the pink one with no luck.

  202. March 25, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Hi Mary
    I just returned from NYC visiting my granddaughter and her umbrella went kaput ! I want to send her one of the reverse umbrellas and just wondering which brand you went with in your post. I think she would love the peony one. Thank You Lynn

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