Celebrated flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein presents all the secrets to designing garden-fresh bouquets. In these stunning pages, you’ll find everything you need to start making your own incredible arrangements, whether you’re harvesting flowers from the backyard or sourcing ingredients at the local market.
Discover easy-to-follow advice on flower care, material selection, and essential design techniques, along with how-tos for more than 25 seasonal arrangements—including magnificent centerpieces, giftable posies, festive wreaths, and breathtaking bridal bouquets. Plus, an A–Z ingredient guide provides photos and care tips for more than 200 bouquet-worthy plants, making it easy to identify and use a wide range of beautiful flowers, foliage, and more. Brimming with expert advice and hundreds of vibrant images, A Year in Flowers is the definitive guide to flower arranging and a welcoming invitation to surround yourself with natural beauty all year long.
I love this book! I preordered back in December and it’s full of floral inspiration and wonderful techniques and tips to create everything from hand-tied bouquets and centerpieces to bridal bouquets, wrist corsages and flower crowns.
My favorite is the clematis. And the plumeria.
I love the little Stephanotis flower. My daughter’s name is Stephanie. She was tiny when she was born. One of my friends said my daughter was a little stephanotis. From that, my daughter’s nickname came about – Otis. She carried a bouquet of stephanotis when she got married five years ago.
Sarah, this is the sweetest story! I don’t know the Stephanotis, but now I will go see what it is. Stephanie is a beautiful name, and Otis is a cute nickname. Happy Monday!
That is a sweet, sweet memory story. Thanks for sharing!
I particularly enjoy hydrangeas! Love your blog.
My favorite flower are forget-me-nots. Thank you for all your inspiring posts.
I enjoy, Mimosa, Sunflowers lavender
My favorite is peonies!
hydrangeas all colors
Lilacs are my favorite flower! They’ve always been around in my grandparents yards, my parents and now my daughter has a whole row of them in her backyard. They smell so amazing and bring back such wonderful memories of playing by them and having huge bunches over the house.
My grandmother and I share the same favorite flower, the nasturtium
Thank you for the flower therapy and giveaway opportunity Mary! My favorite flowers are peonies and I have planted several Sarah Bernhardt tubers this spring. I am a long time follower and look forward to your posts! 🌸💐🌷
My favorite flower is the Zinnia!! They are a wonderful cut flower and last a long time…so colorful..I buy lots and lots of seeds every year!! Patiently waiting to buy and sow them seeds this year!! Thank you for another great giveaway!! FLOWER POWER!!! 🌹🌺🌻🌼🌸🌷💐
To name my favorite flower would be impossible for so many are my favorite. To name a few however would be roses, stock, Lily of the valley, lilacs,peonies,delphiniums,sunflowers, so many I love….. 😊💐🌷💐
To name my favorite flower would be impossible for so many are my favorite. To name a few however would be roses, stock, Lily of the valley, lilacs,peonies,delphiniums,sunflowers, so many I love….. 😊💐🌷💐
Faves include hellebores, anemones, tulips, daffodils, impatiens, and pansies.
I follow you on Pinterest! Thanks again!
My favorite flower is the hydrangea, I have 18 across the front of my deck, I all colors. Peegee, Anabelle just to name a few. People drive by my house and take pictures all summer long, they make me happy. I live less than 10miles from the Floret farm.
Hi Mary, Hard to pick just one favorite flower. I’ll pick Hydrangea (all of them).
I’ve been a Pinterest follower for years!
Hi Mary, hard to choose just one favorite but I’ll go with Hydrangea (all of them)!
Being asked to choose a favorite flower is akin to being asked to choose your favorite of your children. Each one is unique, special and loved!
A bouquet filled with daffodils, iris, anemones, ranunculus, roses, Queen Anne’s lace, stock,daisies,tulips, sunflower, bluebonnets, larkspur, hyacinth, lisianthus! Oh my!
Great minds…! I have been giving packets of seeds to older neighbors so they can avoid a trip to the local big box store, Thank you for telling us about Floret Farm–another great resource!
I am old school–love my peonies and ranunculus and hydrangeas.
Thanks for such a cheerful giveaway
What a wonderful idea! Thank you for posting about giving seed packets to elderly neighbors.🌻
What a beautiful book Mary and sweet giveaway! I love your Monday Morning Blooms series and have learned so much from you girls. I’m an equal opportunity flower lover– hydrangeas, roses, tulips and sunflowers in particular. I’m a follower and have shared your blog with my friends and family! Jerri
Impossible to pick only one but I’ll say hydrangeas! But aren’t they all gorgeous!
I’m a follower on Pinterest. Jerri
I often get my flower fix by visiting your beautiful blog! Hydrangeas are always a favorite. 💐🌸🌹
I subscribe by email.
My favorite flowers are the yellow irises that I transplanted from my mother’s yard 35 years ago. She grew them for 15 years. My 50 year old irises are so prolific and I often have over 200 blooms.
My favorites are the peony – first, with hydrangea as a close second. I purchased a yellow peony late last season, and can’t wait for bloom season to come in June here in New Hampshire.
Unrelated, absolutely love all your tablescapes.
I follow you on pinterist too!
Oh my, what a beautiful book. I would love to add that to my coffee table. Eye candy at my fingertips each day! A favorite flower is a hard one … it depends on the season. At the top of my list is the gardenia. Those great big old fashioned ones that look like they belong on a wedding cake and smell heavenly.
Thank you for this opportunity to win this beautiful book!!
Good morning Mary! Thank you for sharing this beautiful book and Floret with us. Planting seeds is an an affordable way to enjoy flowers with fewer trips to the garden centers and big box stores. I’m a follower by email and on Pinterest. Love your blog!
I love roses! And my favorite Flower to grow from seed is tall geraniums! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!
Oh I forgot to say my favorite flowers are sunflowers!
My favorite flower is the Zinnia!! They are a wonderful cut flower and last a long time…so colorful..I buy lots and lots of seeds every year!! Patiently waiting to buy and sow them seeds this year!! Thank you for another great giveaway!! FLOWER POWER!!! 🌹🌺🌻🌼🌸🌷💐 I must have hit the wrong thing here I don’t know how my comment became a reply..I apologize..
Flowers are “food” for the mind and soul. I Love to have something blooming each day, to enrich my view, both inside the house and outside.
My favorite flower is lantana partially because it easy to grow and drought tolerant. I also like the choices of colors.
Love your blog!!
And by the way, I subscribe to your blog.
Thank you for the Flower therapy! As always your blog never disappoints! My favorite flowers are mophead blue hydrangeas and David Austin’s grandiflora roses. I do follow you on Pinterest too!
Asking to choose my favorite flower is like asking to choose a favorite child – wow! – hydrangeas would be my first choice.
I follow you on Pinterest!
My favorite flowers are daffodils ,they are the sign of the beginning of a new year of flowers to come ! Thanks for your beautiful pictures and ideas on flowers you are so talented💐
Thanks for sharing your book and flower therapy this morning.
So beautiful and colorful! One of my favorite flowers is Hydrangea’s. I also love clematis.
My go-to filler is sweet potato vine. Like the bright color.
We have a nice yard and I try to make it bright and cheery all summer long.
Hibiscus and Mandevilla’s are my husband’s favorites!
My favorite flowers are the blooms of bleeding heart and cosmos.
Oh my goodness, every flower is my favorite! But today I’ll go with shell pink peonies and gorgeous lilacs. This looks like a beautiful book, so many ideas and lots of eye-candy!
Mary, you have such a talent for displaying flowers. I have so many favorite flowers, it is hard to say just one! But if I have to, I would say that the Zinnia is at the top of my list. They are so colorful and vibrant. And best of all, they are wonderful for cutting. Thank you for your wonderful blog. You never fail to inspire me!
My favorite flowers are zinnias. I love the colors.
My favorite flower is the rose. It is my birth flower. I love the scent, I love wild rose and vine roses the best. I also love gardenia ~ what a beautiful scent! ‘Twas my mother’s favorite. My dad planted several beneath the kitchen window so when my mother was at the sink she could experience the smell of her favorite flower. Also, I love hydrangea. This is my older sister’s favorite. Thus, one of mine, too. She is a Master Gardener, and I have learned much from her. Yet, hydrangea was introduced to both of us by our grandmother who planted them all throughout her own yard, but her favorite was lilies, and Irises, which makes them flowers I love as well. Just as my dad’s favorite is gladiolus! Such a happy word for such a pretty flower to grow a multitude of charming little blooms all along one stem! Of course, yellow daffodils delight me, too, just as much as; pink poinsettias can! And then, not to end, to wrap it up, I sup pose jasmine does the trick to keep me in that trance of how awesome some blooms can be used for perfume…violets for candy, too! My aunt made those for me when we once played “come have tea!” Sweet memories I have of many flowers that I love! Can’t forget camellias ~ brings to mind my Aunt Camille. So many Camellia shows I went to with her! Just like loving poppies and peonies that I do because that aunt’s sister which was my aunt too, those were her favorites, making them mine, too! Lastly, most importantly, being a mom of sons…can’t end this comment without mentioning sunflowers, can I? Many flowers that I love! Many bouquets that I’ve made to display, many I’ve planted picked and pressed in books and framed. Yet, never enough to not want more of. Flowers; reminiscent of the life I’ve been given, the air that I breathe, the joy of the present…this gift of loving flowers will go on forever. Like songs and poems that mention so many. Even in the desert, the cactus grows and there’s a desert rose which brings me “write” back to the beginning🥰❤️😘when I should of mentioned that as a child my fav’s were; pansies and tulips, daisies and bottlebrush, hibiscus and buttercups, cherry blossoms, rounds it out and wraps it up for sure just because cottontails don’t have petals but if they did, they’d be on my list not just in my home!
Mary, I have many favorite flowers, Peonies, Zinnia and Roses just to name a few..
Beautiful! Ive just started my gardening library & MUST add this book to it! Beautiful. I follow Erin AND you on pinterest & instagram. (Lovely duo!!!). Thank you for the post & chance to win.
Oh & my fav flower is hydrangea! Or maybe dahlias🤔, or maybe zinnias…🤔 or gardenias…..no, its hydrangea! 🤪
My favorite flower are usually the ones that are currently blooming in my garden. Right now that would be Iris, Peonies and Rose’s but it will change in a couple of weeks. Gardening gives me such pleasure during this difficult time and planting and working in the garden gives me peace hope for the future.
I love all flowers but my favorite is the limelight hydrangea. Thank you for your lovely posts.
My favorite flower would have to be the crinum lily (and the amaryllis). These old fashioned flowers always remind me of the many people who have passed along flowers to me over the years. Thanks so much for your blog. I aways enjoy reading the content, and looking at all the beautiful pictures.
Mary another great post. I have Erin’s first book and loved it. I took it to my garden club and many members ordered it too.
I follow you on Pinterest and I subscribe to you also.
I so enjoy your Potting shed and have used many of your beautiful ideas.
I grow zinnias. Reliable . pretty. deer proof.
Happy Birthday – make a grand wish and enjoy the cake!!
With love from Ann Hoover and virtual hugs to David
Thank you Ann! ♥
It is hard to pick a favorite flower, but the one that always surprises me is the red spider lily, a passalong plant from my grandmother’s garden. Thanks for your flower inspiration that comes in my email each week!
Yikes, it’s hard to pick a favorite flower. Two favorites, on opposite sides of the spectrum, are lily of the valley and foxglove. But then there’s peonies and hydrangeas and roses and ……..!
What a wonderful Monday morning post! Like so many others it is hard to select only one favorite flower but if I must I would choose pansies. Their “faces” tug at my heart each time. Thank you for your giveaway; you are always so generous, Mary. This farm reminds me of the operation of Farmgirl Flowers in a way; you introduced me to them also and I have ordered from them twice. I am a long time subscriber and I hope that continues for a long time!
Like so many if your followers, how do you pick a favorite….each in its own season. The first crocus…
I love Zinnias for their bright colors and happy faces.
I have two favorites of which I look forward to every year. One is the Clematis and for the first time, is sharing new plants all across my flower bed. The other is Peonies and every year I wait to see them open their glorious blooms, maybe I’m looking forward to them more so this year. My soul needs them.
I follow you on every way that I can and I love your blog. It always brightens my life. When I first started on the computer (late bloomer), your’s was one of the first blogs I followed. It’s always such a gift and this book and give away is a perfect gift for this year too. Happy Spring.
Do you have a source for the garden gloves and floral tools?
Hi Pamela, the gloves came from Amazon and garden tools from Target a coupon of years ago 🌸
My favorite flower is peony! Ever since I was a young girl, I loved inhaling the sweet scent of the blousy pouffy puffs by putting my whole face into the blooms. Here in NJ, I await their unfurling in my small garden with such gleeful anticipation. We even plan any trips around their Bloom time to be sure to be home. The full pretty pink petals of Sarah Bernhardts remind me of a prima ballerina’s blooming tutu. As I write this, the peony buds and still round and tight, awaiting the sunshine to return so they can make their joyful debut! Xo
I follow you on Pinterest, I have for several years. Favorite flowers are the ones currently blooming at any given time.
I love Peonies. I grew up in Mansfield, Ohio and peonies are in bloom there around Memorial Day. We always took Peonies to the cemetery…This book would make a great addition to the library at Inniswood Metro Park where I volunteer.
Sarah My favorite flower is the lilac that will not grow in my climate. I do I need THERAPY!
My favorite flower is the Dahlia, the dinner plate variety is simply gorgeous!!!!
Hydrangeas and piones
What a beautiful book. Oh, how I love flowers. My favorite is violets, with roses coming in next. I always love to read your blog.
With out a doubt the Sweet Pea. I remember gathering them in a sweet pea patch with my Grandmother at the farm. Wish I could go back!
Mary, my favorite flower is peony. I follow you on Pinterest and by email.
I also enjoy many flowers! My favorite annual would be the sassy Snapdragon and my favorite perennial is the Peony.
My favorite flower is the Bridal Wreath Spirea, would love your book
Mary, You are so generous with your giveaways! I’ve been a long time follower and love your sweet pups, Potting Shed, tablescapes and recipes. I can’t pick a favorite flower which changes with the seasons. Cheery daffodils for early spring, followed by iris and peonies. Endless Summer Hydrangeas are my favorite summer flowers and dahlias for late summer and early fall. Thank you for the beauty you share and Happy Birthday wishes to you! 🌷🌸🌺🌼🎂🎉❤️
My favorite flower is Peonies- to watch their buds bloom I find miraculous!
So many flowers, so many choices, however one of my favorites is the carnation because they take me back to first dances, first corsages, happy memories and they last such a long time in arrangements.
My favorite flower is the peony.
I love all flowers but I enjoy working with Calla Lillies of all sizes and colors
Glad to know you are on Pinterest ….I have followed you!
Flower Heaven Mary! What a gorgeous book! And aren’t you brilliant to include flower seeds in your oh so generous giveaway! I am enjoying 2 yellow hibiscus trees, begonias, citrus trees along with cherry tomatoes, basil and lavender that my son planted at the beach house…I am in charge of watering, a gardening task I can do :) Thank you Mary 🌷 I think tulips are my favorite, they do some crazy things :)
I follow you on Pinterest too!
I’ve followed your blog for years too!
My favorite is peonies! I have some plants that were started many years ago from divisions from my mother’s. I remembered them from when I was a child. We moved here to Lake Norman almost 2 years ago, and my husband dug up a few plants before we moved ( a few weeks after having hip surgery, no less!) These lovely light pink peonies are in bloom right now. A beautiful reminder of my sweet mother.
Good morning Mary! I wholeheartedly agree that this is a wonderful book. The winner will enjoy the high quality pics and ideas. Mine is never put away. It has a permanent home on the ottoman within reach when I need a flower fix!
Have a great day! Clara ♥️
Very generous of you. Thank you. I love your pictures! You are very talented arranging. I arrange glorious flowers on Fridays in church. Missing that terribly. Ah, favorites…like others it is impossible to choose just one. Tops though are freesia, stock-both are heaven scented, roses of course, hydrangea which I am lucky to have many of-peoonies and lilacs, and orchids. Thanks for spreading your joy.
I love daisies and hydrangeas
Forgot to mention ranunculus! Love them too.
I absolutely love hydrangeas and dahlias; although flowers of any type make my heart sing and put a smile on my face!
I am a follower of your Pinterest page.
Flowers! How do you pick just one? They are all favorites for their own special characteristics and uses. God always gives us such beautiful gifts-flowers are one for sure! Love your blog. Makes my day. Your pups are precious.😊
How to choose just one…I would say the zinnia. I plant them around the perimeter of my husband’s veggie garden. They are so long lasting, colorful, and easy to grow! Your blog posts are inspiring and your photos are beautiful. Thank you.
I actually can’t think of a favorite. Strange, isn’t it? Just always happy to have all…in my house, or in a garden. Thank You.
Mary…I love love love your blog! I also love my porch furniture that you were kind enough to share the source with me. My favorite flowers are many but I guess I would have to choose lilacs with yellow tulips.
I hope you are doing very well through our new “normal”.
What a wonderful opportunity! Thank you!
My favorites are iris, bearded especially, since my grandmother grew these long her fence row next to the vegetable garden. Second, and it’s just about first, are tulips. Their simplicity, but capricious nature, makes for such an interesting arrangement.
I follow you via email.. you are one of two I follow.. lol
I follow you on Pinterest also
Thank you once again for a cheery post! My favorite flower is the lilac. I follow your blog by email and follow your pins on Pinterest.
My favorite flower is a toss up between Hydrangeas, Peonies, and gardenias. Each is beautiful and brings a happy feeling to my soul. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win.
The hyacinth is my favorite! Although short lived, it’s fragrance always says, “Hello Spring”!!! 💐
Happy Monday Morning!!! The sun is shining and my gardens are calling me :-). I have so many favorite flowers that it’s hard to choose. This year I think it is roses. I can’t wait to get to the garden center to add more climbing roses. Thank you for sending us all happy thoughts.
My default answer has always been gladiolus because that was my mother’s favorite flower. But I guess the flower that makes me the happiest and gives me the most pleasure for my buck is geraniums…the deeper the red the better!!!
I love roses, camellias and hydrangeas.
My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. I love all of your posts and also seeing your sweet pups in your pictures. I also follow you on Pinterest and love your Tablescapes.
I love the beautiful colors of the cosmos and how they dance in the wond
Following you on Pinterest, for more inspiration
My favorite flower is the lily especially amaryllis. I can remember when i was a young girl going into my grandmother’s lily bed. She grew amaryllis and for years had been trying to breed a totally white one. She finally got one and I thought that was the most beautiful flower ever. You guessed it right. I picked that lily. I will always remember that day.
My favorite flower changes so often it’s hard to say. Right now I’m loving iris. Ask me next week and I’ll tell you another one!
I follow you on Pinterest!
I love dahlias! As a new resident of Arizona, I miss my lush California garden and the ability to pick flowers for my home.
So sweet of you to share this book, I too have loads of garden books but this has been predominate on my table since the day it was published, I just can’t tuck it away with its gorgeous cover winking at me daily! I dream daily of having my own lengthy cutting garden, it’s the last piece to my dream forever garden, but for now my iris and roses are into their peak stride and I can barely sleep at night because I am so eager to rush the garden every morning taking at least 400 pics a day of pure light and joy!
I love my Amaryllis that bloom in my garden every spring. Plants were passed downed to me from family, which makes them special.
My favorite is blue plumbago! If I still lived in Texas I would have a yard full the the beautiful plant.
Such a beautiful post! Looks like a gorgeous book. I love flowers and have many favorites, but I think my overall favorite is the rose. Thanks for this generous giveaway! Have a great day.
Mary, my favorite flower are lilacs. I have a huge bunch sitting in front of me today and the room is filled with it’s glorious perfume. What a gorgeous book! I recently read about Erin in Victoria magazine and was in awe of her talent with flowers. Thank you for the giveaway and your beautiful post today.
Just one? Well, I’d have to say “Roses,” of course! My old fashioned climbing rose (a gift from my mother for my birthday one year) smells like heaven! But I also love lilies and irises and my grandmother’s name was Pansy, so of course I love Pansies too! My mom, who lives with me, has a big pot of them and they have been producing for months now. But I can’t forget Hydrangeas because I love to decorate with them. We love flowers and really, they’re all our favorites!
Daffodils, violets in the Spring; beach roses and peonies in the summer; brilliant mums in the fall.
I follow you on Pinterest too Mary – Happy Monday!
If I had to pick a favorite flower, it would be zinnias. They come in so many colors and sizes and make beautiful bouquets. Love to share them.
What an absolutely gorgeous book!!
Thank-you for sharing it!
How can you just pick one flower, they all add such joy with their beauty! My new favorite is the Limelight hydrangeas!
My heart belongs to daffodils. Their yellow blooms always bring my birthday . Before my Mother passed away, she said …. Don’t forget to dig up those daffodil bulbs❤️. These bulbs had been transplanted from generations before her. So, I dug them up and prayed they would make it to our retirement move to the north Georgia mountains. I’m happy to say , they bloom beautifully here in Blue Ridge, and STILL bring my birthday every year. ❤️
Peonies and ranunculus are my favorite flowers!
Sadly they don’t grow well here in the south, so I miss them from my days living in the northeast and out west. Love that you share so much beauty and deliciousness in your blog…I always look forward to seeing what you share next! Thank-you!!
I’m so fickle when it comes to my favorite flower. Right now I’d have to say it’s the Clematis, but when that Peony opens…gorgeous! Then there’s the Rhododendrons…living inthe NW…they take your breath away. Followed by Hydrangeas and Rose’s. I’d say whatever is in bloom at the moment is my favorite…flowers make me happy!
I love flowers, but unfortunately so does a rabbit. He keeps eating in my flower bed. If you have any suggestions how to get rid of him. I would love to know. Thanks
Fragrant flowers but especially roses!
Oh we have to pick one?? I will try!! Ranunculas and peony’s and zinnias. Well at least I just did three!!
love you posts… It starts my mornings..
My list of favorites takes a whole page due to the fact as soon as I think of one beauty I’ll remember something from my childhood or a special event, or one my babies picked, and the list keeps growing. I can spend all day walking the gardens, smelling, dreaming and even talking to these beautiful pieces of art. They are like my children, each an individual and my favorite.
following on pinterest -rana31287
Pink roses are my favorite flower followed closely by sunflowers with their sunny faces. I too am a follower on Pinterest.
I love flowers! Thank you for brightening up another rainy day here in Oregon! I always consider my absolute favorite flower as the daffodil (which is the flower of my birth month)…although as I sit here inhaling yesterdays fresh cut bouquet of lilacs I second guess myself! I will pin and hope for a chance to win this lovely book. Thank you again for your beautiful & inspiring posts. Enjoy your day!
My favorite annual this year is the Seashells Cosmos with beautiful fluted petals and lovely shades. Showy, easy to grow and make great cut flowers. Favorite perennials are those that remind me of loved ones when they bloom: those passed down through family generations or given as gifts from friends.
I enjoy receiving your emails and following you on Pinterest.
What a beautiful book !You are always so thoughtful.I follow on both email and Pinterest.One of my favorite flowers is the sunflower.There is just something about coming upon a field full of sunflowers as far as you can see.They just make me happy !Good luck everyone.Happy Mother’s Day.
Sunflowers! Thank you for this beautiful way to start a week. Many Blessings!
My favorite flower is anything blooming but Lilies top the list. I subscribed to your emails and followed you on Pinterest.
Peonies and lilacs! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY!!! 🎂🎉🎈🎁💐💖
Oh, my goodness, what a beautiful book! It is impossible for me to choose a favorite flower. I love nearly all flowers, and even enjoy dandelion blooms! :) I would have to say cottage garden flowers are my love! I adore hydrangeas, daylilies, cosmos, larkspur, zinnias, hollyhocks, foxgloves, delphiniums, and sunflowers. I am especially fond of zinnias! Purple coneflowers, rudbekia, and coreopsis are also favorites!! Thanks for the chance to enter for this awesome giveaway, Mary! God Bless, Tina
Lilacs are my favorite…the scent reminds me of my Grandmother!
My favorite flower is the tulip-they are always plentiful in February near my birthday as cut flowers and they make me think of Spring!
Also, I am one of your subscribers! I love your blog and flower photos. :)
I love the peonies, they are bring sweet memories of friends and family. Many were shared with me over the years.
Geraniums, mostly the white ones they are stunning at dusk!
Sweet peas for me!
Happy Birthday to you. Love roses, all colors, esp. white and peonies, fun to watch in the garden. Thanks for all that you share with us.
Right now my favorite flower is on my Snowball Virburnum because it is the showiest. Pretty soon my Oakleaf Hydrangea will be blooming and then IT will be my favorite. My Peggy Martin rosebush is pretty spectacular right now, too.
Its so hard to choose but some of my favorites are Columbines, violas, lily of the valley and snowdrops. I love all the old fashioned delicate spring flowers that break the silence of winter and warm your heart when you discover them blooming in the garden. With that said, I don’t think there is a flower that I don’t love.
I live in Texas. Zinnias!!! my Gma grew them and I do too. They are tough flowers that pack a punch of color and last so long. I have always planted them on Mothers Day. Each year in the fall i harvest the heads and let them dry. then In the winter I break them apart into seeds. The week before Mother’s day when I eat lunch with my girlfriends i always give each one a bag of seeds and still have plenty for me. Who knows this year if we will have lunch? I may have to have an outing and drop in each mailbox.
Really hard to choose but azelia would be my choice.
I am pinning the “Happiness held is the Seed, Happiness shared is the Flower” quote on the notebook to my Flower Vases and Gardening boards along with the Floret book surrounded by all your fun gardening tools. Just love the quote – how can you get more simple and true than that?
Hi Mary, your post is timely, last night there was a special on about Chip and JoAnna Gaines new network they are starting. One of their regulars on the network will be Floret Farms!
I have never met a flower I didn’t love but my favorites are Hydrangeas, Roses and Sunflowers. I have followed your blog and pinterest for years! Thanks for the beautiful posts!
So hard to choose as I love them all! Hydrangeas and roses I would have to say.
I don’t know how to choose a favorite flower, I love so many! Roses, hydrangeas, gardenias, lilly of the valley….(wish they lasted longer), stock. Thanks for such a lovely give away! I see above that today is your birthday??? HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh Mary, such beautiful inspiration for my heart and soul. I have a hard time picking just one flower, as it’s usually the one I’m looking at and enjoying at the moment. But tulips, daffodils and irises are my all time favorite. And yellow roses make me swoon. Right now I’m picking snapdragons and gerber daisies from my flower patches. This book and seeds would be a delightful addition to any home. Thank you.
Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and recipes !. I’ve made a few and try to hunt of some of the little decorating items you feature. My FAVORITE flower is the gardenia. I have several bushes and right now they are overflowing with the sight and smells that keep my spirits high. although I have many flowers in my garden ,I look forward to the gardenias blooming each spring.
Please,please keep sending me all your lovely inspirations .
I follow by email :)
I follow you on Pinterest too
Had no idea it was your Birthday,! 😄 Happy, Happy Birthday! May you have not only have a blessed day, but a year filled with good health, love, joy and HAPPINESS! ♥️♥️♥️⚘⚘⚘🎂🦋🐝🐝. You are my “go to” person on flower arranging Mary and I have several garden books so I’ll pass, wishing others the best of luck. Just fyi , For spring flowers, I love lilacs, hyacinths and daffodils –can’t have just one, lol.
Thank you so much Cyndi! You’re a sweetheart and I so enjoy your visits and comments. ❤️🌸🌷
Mary, I have always admired your floral displays. The book looks fabulous with bright beautiful colors and tutorials. Thanks for the chance. I am a subscriber and also follow your Pinterest.
What a lovely book. I love flowers in general. Each one seems to evoke a different memory in my life. When I think of hydrangeas, I think of my baby shower for my second child; where the centerpieces were hydrangeas. Roses remind me of a very dear friend; who is no longer living. I remember her watering her roses every afternoon. Irises remind me of a girl I worked with many years ago, and Gardenias remind me of my grandmother; who died when I was six years old. I remember following her around her garden. It was my grandmother who introduced me to my love of gardening. Now I see my youngest daughter outside, everyday tending to the garden with such care. She reminds me of my grandmother. I guess the love of flowers has been passed down through generations. During this pandemic, my daughter, who is a college student; has started a virtual garden club in our community. She has 38 members and counting. It makes me proud, because she is making a difference in the community and bringing some joy into people’s lives.
My favorites are Delphenium and Sunflowers!
My absolute favorite flower is the blue plumbago………..they can be hard to find in the Chicago area, but it is so worth the effort!
My favorite spring flower is the daffodil & my favorite summer flowers are daisies!
I love peonies! Truly love them. I also love roses but since I discovered the wonders of dahlias and how easy they are to grow, I’ve increased by dahlia collection by 10x. I love plumeria and the incredible scent, but I can’t grow them in California. Gardenias and their heavenly scent are a good substitute.
It’s so difficult to pick a favorite flower, but Foxglove has always been my very favorite. I love them because of their unique appearance, and the attachment Foxglove has to enchanting childhood stories and illustrations. The Faerie stories are my favorites. While toxic Foxglove also is the source of lifesaving heart medications.
I must add ranunculus to my list of favorites. I especially like them in a tight grouping, all the same color.
I would love to follow you on pinterest. Done.
I love all flowers but my favorite is the nasturtium. My grandmother grew them in her garden.
I am a subscriber and also follow you on Pinterest.
What a beautiful book and giveaway! I love lilacs mainly but I think all flowers 💐 are lovely! Have a wonderful day and stay safe. ☺️
Lilacs are one of my favorite fragrances, though I do love day lilies and have them all over my front and back yards!!
I love lilacs and sunflowers. And especially anything purple.
This book is so beautiful.
I love arranging flowers. And we have bought a lot of packs of seeds to sow this spring.
Sweet Peas but I don’t see many here in Arizona
Mary, I have stacks of flower and garden books, but not this one. I think I need to order a copy. Like you, flowers just make me happy. I made a trip to Trader Joe’s during senior hour this morning to get my tulips for the week. Gotta have my flowers! Happy Monday, Mary! I have the boots and clogs that match your garden tools. They were on clearance in Target a few years ago, so I thought I needed both! 😂😂😂
My favorites are hydrangeas and cosmos.
I love parrot tulips!
I love peonies and hydrangeas. I am planning on planting a cut flower garden soon!
Thank you for the flower therapy today! my favorites are iris, camellias, amaryllis, & roses :)
From a long time follower my favorite…hydrangeas…blue ones.
My favorite flower is the sunflower.
My favorite flower for arranging is hydragenas, I have been following you on pinterest for some time now
Hydrangea, they are Superb!
What a wonderful present for you to give! Yes, we could all use some flower therapy. It is great if we all could shop our local nurseries to support those small businesses!
My favorite spring flower is the peony! Our garden has many varieties of peonies! I do favor my tree peony with huge pink flowers and a fragrant smell.
I love all flowers, but when my zinnias bloom and share all their different colors, sizes and shapes they tend to always make me smile.
Such a lovely start to the week! Thank you for hosting! Peony is, by far, my favorite flower! I have been a follower for awhile now and love your blog! Just today began following you via Pinterest! Have a blessed day!
I am into any and all hydrangeas.
My daughter had her 37th birthday earlier this month. What went into her card? Flower seeds for her and the grands age 6 and 4. Science experiment while home schooling!
Peonies and tulips are my favorite but they do not grow well here. I have found that drift roses bloom all summer and even a little through the winter and they are Tricia proof. Hydrangeas and camellias are also among my favorites.
Hi Mary, I love your blog and your generosity of spirit. I love everything that wants to grow in my little city garden. Right now I am loving my pink double daffodils. Basically all pink flowers are my favorite.
I love flowers! It’s hard to pick just one. Daisies would be my first choice! Thank you for your wonderful blog & kind giveaway.
Daisies would be my first choice! I love so many flowers. Heartfelt thanks to you for your wonderful blog and kind giveaway.
Mary, Not sure that “lightning can strike twice” since I have won a cookbook giveaway, but this book looks wonderful. I would love to win a copy. Picking one favorite flower is impossible, I love most flowers. But, at the top of the list would be spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, lily of the valley, lilacs, and peonies. I also love roses, bachelor buttons, delphinium and hydrangea. That is just the short list. Thank you for bringing us beautiful visual escapes during this difficult time. I must enjoy other’s flowers since I am not going out and can’t pick up my usual grocery store bouquets.
I hope you and yours continue to be well and safe, MM
Oh, the dilemma of a favorite. We are so blessed to have flowers in our lives. I would have to say, daffodils. To be able to sit outside, with my breakfast, amongst their glorious golden faces is to know their promise of Spring.
Roses are my favorite. Love my rose garden.
I follow you on Pinterest too!
My favorite is her stock! Such gorgeous soft colors and the smell is divine!
Ooooh! I am a subscriber!
I am also following you on Pinterest! :) Thank you!
I have several favorites. I love sweet peas, daffodils, and tuberous begonias.
You could be me. But I did opt for the tuberous begonias.
I follow you on Pinterest, Facebook, and by email also. 🌹 I love all flowers. lol Morning glories, sunflowers, Peonies, Hydrangea,Lily of the valley,Ranunculous,Dahlia, oh everything! 😁🌹🍃
What a gorgeous book, and looks like the techniques would be helpful. I love, love, love ranunculus!
And of course, I follow you on Pinterest!
I always am so inspired by your beautiful posts as an email subscriber. Great job!
It’s hard to pick a favorite flower but hydrangeas and peonies are up there at the top!
I’m a subscriber and I just checked you out on Pinterest. While there I saved your chocolate molten mug cake!
I believe I will say “lilacs”, as all flowers are wonderful an id hard to choose a favorite. I get your e-mails.
Mary Thank You for the lovely giveaway. My favorite flower is a tie Morning Glories and Pansies.
This is a generous giveaway Mary. I follow you on pinterest. My favorite flower is the Gladiola.
Thank you for a chance to win this lovely book and seeds. My favorite flower is The Lily of The Valley.
My favorite flower is Lisianthus! It’s small buds open and look like roses.
Lilacs , Roses, Daffodils , Lillie of the Valley . RED Geraniums ………..PLEASE Don’t make me PICK Just One ! That is like picking your Favorite Kid ;)
I have been a follower on Pinterest for years!!
Hi Mary – my favorite flower is a snapdragon and the reason is bc when I was a little girl I used to spend most every weekend with my Grandma Elizabeth, and she had the most glorious flower garden you ever saw ! I was mesmerized by it. I would bring my little chair and a book and read out there, watching the bees pollinate. Grandma Elizabeth pretty much taught me everything I know about flowers, and I would help her deadhead the petunias … When we came to the snapdragons she would always tell me to put my finger near the blossom and she would squeeze it gently and pretend to “dragon bite” me. I’m misty-eyed just reminiscing here about it. Anyway I’m writing much too much but that’s my favorite flower 🥰
I have been following your blog for many years now 🥰
I have followed you on Pinterest for a long time 🥰
I’ve also been a subscriber for years!! I look forward to your posts every day!! And, although I said that my favorite flower is Lisianthus, I am also in love with my gorgeous peonies, lilacs and lilies of the vally. Oh, and roses…hydrangeas… I can’t stop! I love them all!
Currently loving peonies and trying to get several started. Hopefully they will bloom the rest of my life. Following!
I was born and raised in Hawaii and the flower that speaks to me the most and is so reminiscent of special celebrations of love is Pikake or Chinese jasmine. The flowers are woven into leis and 49 years ago, it was also part of my wedding bouquet. Not only are the flowers beautiful, but the fragrance is just unforgettable! Thank you for letting me enter into your drawing.
Take time to stop and smell the flowers!
The pages you show in this book are stunningly beautiful.
Need scratch and sniff pages!!!!!😀
My favorite flowers are hydrangeas and peonies.Thanks!!
I’m excited about the give-away but glad to hear about the book! My favorite flowers are Foxglove, Bluebells, and Daffodils.
What an uplifting post for a rainy day here in Wisconsin ! My favorite flower is the peony.
Hi Mary! I’m stopping by to wish you a very happy birthday filled with beauty and joy and love! I hope you are doing well and finding many things to entertain you in your peaceful lakeside retreat during this unique time, and that you are able to enjoy an extra bit of pampering and goodies today. Linda
Thanks much for the sweet birthday wishes Linda! I think about you and wonder how you’re doing with building your home and whether or not you left all your tulips behind or (hopefully) dug them up! Hope you’re staying safe and sane. ♥
I’m following you on pinterest .
Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, any and all.
I follow the blog via email and I follow you on Pinterest.
Thank you for sharing this book and flower seed source Mary! I’ll pop over the their website to take a look. I’ll take myself out of the running of your giveaway as I was a lucky winner of your bunny plates giveaway.Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Katie
I love lilacs! My mom had a lilac bush in our yard when I was growing up and when I got my own room as a teenager (have five siblings) I always would cut some lilacs and have them on a table in my bedroom. I have two lilac bushes in my own yard and can’t wait (Ohio is a little behind) to bring some into my house.
Happy Birthday, I hope you have a Joyful day filled with beautiful flowers !!
The book looks wonderful, thanks for sharing !
Take Care of You ,xox
Thank you so much Paula! Stay safe ❤️
So lovely I’d love this book it’s on my splurge list for some day.
I don’t think there is a flower that I dislike. Each season brings a variety of different beauties. Currently, our lilacs are in bloom and peonies have marble-sized flower buds awaiting warm, sunny skies for bursting. Thanks for your give-away book and seed packets. So enjoy your blog site. Thanks for the inspiration.
Really, a favorite? Just one? No way! During the winter orchids bloomed in my home. A few weeks ago crocuses and daffodils heralded the beginning of Spring. Right now with the drifts of azaleas blooming in our mountain community, I am overwhelmed by their beauty. But soon my baptisia, irises and then roses will come into bloom and they will win my heart. As summer gets in to full swing the roadsides will fill with a myriad of wild flowers and they will amaze. And as fall arrives the beauty of asters, mums and grasses will take their place. Dahlias will thrill in a community garden. But as winter arrives amaryllis and poinsettias will arrive to welcome Christmas into our home…thank you, Lord for making so many beautiful flowers and making it impossible for me to choose a favorite!
My favorite flower is the red rose.
I love bright red geraniums and Shasta daisies. This looks like a beautiful book!
How to pick a favorite,that’s impossible for me. I do love lilacs and roses though but just having a vase of any flower lifts my spirits,especially in these sad times.Carolyn
Tuberous begonias are my all-time favorite flowers–the gaudier the better!
My favorite flower is a carnation. I just love the beautiful colors and smell of a carnation!
I am a subscriber to your blog!
I follow you on Pinterest!
My favorite flower is the Iris because each color has its own special fragrance. I love to paint them.
Peonies, Lilacs and Sunflowers
I love Lily of the Valley and Peonies! But I really love all flowers!!
I love tulips and hydrangeas.
Flowers make me happy and always try to have a fresh arrangement of flowers on my table at all times. Also like to have a vase of flowers on my desk especially during the Spring season. Being an oncology nurse flowers brighten anyone’s mood. Hard to pick a favorite flower. During the Spring months love my daffodil arrangements. Summer and Autumn flowers would be zinnias or whatever else is available to cut in my yard. Love going to the farmers market to buy beautiful bouquets. I like to buy local! Hard to pick a fav as I love all flowers!!
Good morning, flowers puts a smile on my face. I guess I get my love from my mother, she was always in the garden in Brooklyn. My favorite would be hydrangeas. She had many, but she called them snowballs. I didn’t know their real name till I was older.
So very hard to pick a favorite, as flowers provide me so much floral happiness year round! Currently, my favorite is the peony as it is beginning to bloom and will provide a stunning variety of color and garden glory for a short while.
I enjoyed your review of this lovely book. Erin has incredible talent and has accomplished so much. Your recommendation settles it for me.
I just love flowers flowers and more flowers, but My favorite would be Foxglove.
Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. I love your blog and because of it have purchased my second favorite..the snowball viburnum.
I have followed you on Pinterest. Your photos are so inspiring!
My favorite flower is hydrangeas, all shades of blue.
I so enjoy your posts. First thing each morning, I go sit on our deck, sip my caffeine and check my email for your post. Thank you so much for sharing.
Daffodils. They show spring is here. I also love a crocus for the same reason.
Thank you for the giveaway. I have been a subscriber for years and I also follow on Pinterest. One of my favorite flowers is the little yellow crocus that blooms in my yard while snow is still on the ground. It let’s me know that Spring always follows Winter! Even in the harshest times.
Ooh Mary, I think you should write your own flower book!!! You always have the prettiest arrangements, great tips and tutorials. Hmmmm, it’s hard to pick a favorite flower, because they’re all so beautiful in their own way…kinda like people. I do love daisies, though, because they look so cheery.
Thanks Mary, I love so many flowers but one of my favorites to grow in my garden for cut flowers is zinnias.
I do follow your blog by email, and Pinterest.
Being a May baby I am partial to Lily of the Valley but there is no way to pick just one.
I follow you on Pinterest!
I have been a follower for a number of years. Thanks for giveaway!
I love flowers of all types, but my favorites are Hydrangeas and Zinnias . I love the variety of colors. I really enjoyed the video, I wish I could go and see those fields. I wonder if that’s what heaven will be like, endless flowers 🌺
My name is Hortensia, Spanish for Hydrangea
Blue Hydrangeas are my favorite flower! Thank you for the beautiful posts!
I love morning glories, clematis, sunflowers, just to name a few! I love your blog! I follow via email, face book, and Pintrest! I wish you were on Instagram because I tend to view stories on that platform! I especially love how you decorate with seed boxes and everything garden in your garden shed!
Thank you for sharing all your skills and creativity!
Such a beautiful book. I love all kinds of flowers, but I think my favorite is peonies. They are so fragrant and pretty!
I follow you via email
I follow you via Pinterest
My favorite flower is the peony. I follow your blog post, subscribe to your email and follow you on Pinterest.
Thanks Mary for the beautiful giveaway.
I think my favorite flower is the one blooming today.
Now in Michigan my daffodils are exploding. I have many different varieties from all yellow all white to white and pink or orange or yellow. Big ones and tiny ones. Forsythias are brilliant this year.
I pick my first tulips today so they are on the way next. Then lilacs, peonies, roses, hydrangeas and on and on.
I love them all.
You are a BRIGHT spot in my day! SO blessed by your work! As a “local lake lovin’ lady” there are not many flowers I don’t love. Particular to the old fashion garden roses, gardenias, and anything sweet smelling! Follow you wherever I can…like a little sheep. :-) Thank you for your efforts and all you do to fill our eyes with your GORGEOUSNESS!! #yourareablessing
It’s me again.
I just followed you on Pinterest. You aren’t going to believe this but I just really started using Pinterest this year. I know I’m way behind but I love it and love your boards.
Hi Ann, I sent you an email. I hope the email address you left with your comment is the one you currently use. If you get this message, please check your spam folder for an email from me that may have landed there. Thank you! 🌸
Great post, Mary.
Glad you know about Erin. She is one who has also helped bring awareness to the #NoFloralFoam campaign to educate the public of how floral foam NEVER breaks down.
I follow you on Pinterest.
Love peonies and hydrangeas! Loved the video! I follow you on Pinterest as well.
My favorite flower is the daffodil. It is bright, cheery, and makes me think of Spring.
Beautiful as always! My favorite flower is the lilac. When I was a little girl when the lilacs bloomed I knew it was time for my birthday. The fragrance reminds me of home. Lynn
Since moving from Michigan to Florida six years ago I’ve had to learn a lot about gardening in this climate. One of my favorites is my Passion flower vine, the butterflies and bees LOVE it. It grows like crazy and produces so many flowers and requires basically no care. I also trained a bougainvillea vine over my gate at the side of my house and it looks amazing. I’ve followed your blog and Pinterest for years originally spotting your potting shed and falling in love. This book looks amazing and would be the perfect way to escape for a few hours.
My favorite flower is hydrangea! Love lilies, too!
My favorite flower is black eyed Susans. They just add some much color in little hide away places.
Good morning! Your posts are a wonderful escape during these difficult times! I follow you by email. I follow you on Pinterest and I share and follow you on Face Book. I feel like a stalker :) My favorite flowers are Peonies! Be safe.. Be well.. Annemarie
I may be basic, but my favourite flower would have to be either a rose or sunflower. Roses come in so many colours, and they’re just so beautiful. And sunflowers are so tall and full of light, it’s amazing!
I have loved hydrangeas and peonies and David Austin roses after working with them so much at my grandmother’s house and garden when I was younger. And I believe my beautiful oldest daughter has inherited her great-grandmother’s green thumb. I would love to give this to her as a Mother’s Day gift as she has blessed us with five beautiful grandchildren. Her only “get-away” is planting and growing her cutting garden. Love that Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new Magnolia Network will feature Floret and their garden business. Beautiful giveaway and always enjoy coming to your dreamy site.
I loved my grandmother’s roses and hydrangeas and peonies when I was growing up and helping in her garden. And it hasn’t changed too much since then. Fragrant roses and peonies with lush hydrangeas are just my jam. Always enjoy coming to your beautiful site and enjoying your posts. Wnd ould love to give this as a Mother’s Day gift to my beautiful oldest daughter who has inherited her great-grandmother’s green thumb. She has blessed us with 5 beautiful grandchildren and her only “get-away” is working and planting in her growing cutting garden. Blessings to you!
Hydrangeas have always been my favorite flowers. I love that you can have pink, blue, lavender blooms in the same bush. These are stunning blooms!
Hands down, lilacs are my absolute favorite!
My favorite flower right now is Dahlia!!!!
Hi Mary. My favorite flowers are peonies and hydrangeas. I live in south Texas in the Rio Grande Valley and they don’t grow here. Maybe that’s one reason why I love them so much. When my daughter got married, we were able to have some for her wedding. I soo enjoy your blog. Always brings a smile to my face and makes me happy. Thank you so much for all your inspiration.
Hi Mary, my favorite flower is he Zinnia. I plant the 12” and 36 “ ones in my garden where I have color til the frost comes. Wishing you a Happy Birthday 🎈🎂 too!
It is so difficult to have just one favorite…I love flowers…the delightful Peonies rank #1 for me…thank you…on May 1st when I was a child my sisters and …I we’d pick flowers put them in a handmade paper baskets, set them on neighbor ladies porch, ring the doorbell and run off…it brightened their day..
I love Hydrangea, but it is one flower that I just can’t seem to grow.
I now follow on Pinterest.
Gardenia, Lilac, Pansy, Peonies, Gladiolus, Rose, are just a few favorites.
A thoughtful giveaway of what appears to be pg. after pg. of a flower lovers
I am a subscriber and so glad I am.
What is your favorite flower/ flowers?
This is such a wonderful giveaway, thank you for the opportunity to enter. I am a HUGE Fan of Floret Farms and I am a happy subscriber to your blog. It’s always hard to pick a favorite. Our lilacs are blooming and the fragrance is amazing right now. The peonies are starting to bud and I can’t wait for those either oh and …wait..okay…one favorite…I will pick the cascading petunias!
Me again, yes I do follow you on Pinterest!