Tabletop gardening in the Potting Shed with butterflies, blooms and Portmeirion Botanic Garden. A sprinkling of water cans are planted with flowers in anticipation of spring gardening season.
Happy April! It’s the first Monday of the month and I’m happy to be joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms! You’ll find my floral friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.
The freeze date for our area in North Carolina is April 15th. While I’m anxious to get planting, I’m staying away from the temptation and flower-filled garden centers until then.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying a little tabletop gardening and dishing up blooms and butterflies in the Potting Shed.
Our common theme for this week’s Monday Morning Blooms’ edition was “Watering Cans”. If you’re a reader of my blog, you may have noticed I have a “thing” for watering cans and might be in need of a watering can intervention. ;)
I was all aflutter over this MacKenzie-Childs butterfly watering can when I saw it a few years ago. It’s one of my favorites and still available online.
It’s blooming with colorful mix of grocery store blooms. . . pink stock, purple and light green hydrangeas and yellow tulips.
Portmeirion Botanic Garden is my everyday pattern. I’ve added pieces over the last 20 years and still enjoying adding a new flower to my garden of dishes on occasion. In addition to the botanic blooms, I love the variety of butterflies on the pieces.
I found a pair of smaller butterfly watering cans at T.J. Maxx a couple of years ago. . .
The bright turquoise watering can is filled a combination of tulips, hyacinths, a sprig of forsythia and some Chinese Fringe Flower, (Loropetalum chinense) that’s in bloom now. Chinese Fringe Flower is a sight to behold when it’s blooming in spring. . .
The vibrant pink blooms seem shockingly bright for winter-weary eyes!
A mini sprinkle can is blooming with fringe flower and hangs over the window and Potting Shed table.
A cheery yellow butterfly watering can is a companion to the turquoise one, and blooming with yellow and pink tulips, purplish-blue hyacinths, forsythia and fringe flower.
La Rochere butterfly glasses are perfect for sipping your nectar of choice. . .
I highly recommend a Rosemary Lemonade Fizz Cocktail or Mocktail!
Introduced in 1972, Portmeirion Botanic Garden’s delightful mixture of floral motifs and signature leaf border, was inspired by early 19th century illustrations and designed by celebrated designer Susan Williams-Ellis.
The botanical illustrations are art for the table!
In addition to being beautiful, it’s durable, chip resistant and microwave, freezer and oven safe.
Our peonies are just starting to come up. . .
And will be in bloom the beginning of May.
But I can enjoy the short but sweet peony season year round at the table.
Portmeirion Botanic Garden flatware is blooming with flowers and alight with butterflies. . .
Napkins serve as placemats, adding more butterflies and blooms, layered over a jute runner. . .
And silver butterfly napkin rings are ready to take flight.
Butterfly magnets add some additional color, attracted to the metal surface of the watering cans like butterflies are to nectar.
Dishes and Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden
Cabbage Leaf Plates / Bordallo Pinheiro, Tuesday Morning, several years ago
Galvanized Chargers / Pier 1
Butterfly Glasses / La Rochere, HomeGoods several years ago
Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago
Butterfly Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Large Butterfly Watering Can / MacKenzie-Childs
Small Butterfly watering cans / T.J. Maxx, several years ago
Butterfly Magnets / T.J. Maxx, several years ago
Jute Runner / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Fresh Flower Market Sign, World Market
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs