Lakeside Table + Botanic Garden Blooms

Lakeside spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring #lake

Happy Wednesday! We’ve had some beautiful spring weather this past week and the pollen is starting to wane. . . *achoo* ;) I set a table in celebration to enjoy a little outdoor and lakeside dining!

Hyacinths Portmeirion Botanic Garden | ©

Have a seat by your favorite flower and join me as we dine with some botanic blooms.

Alfresco garden table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring

Portmeirion Botanic Garden is my everyday dinnerware. I’ve been picking blooms for over 20 years. . .

Portmeirion Botanic Garden | ©

 I enjoy adding a flower to my garden of dishes when I find one at HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx. Raise your hand if you’re like me and are having HomeGoods withdrawal.

Portmeirion Botanic Garden | © #tablescapes

The beauty of these blooming dishes is I can always enjoy the short but sweet peony season . . .

Peony Portmeirion Botanic Garden | © #tablescapes

And I don’t have to wait for the hydrangeas to bloom.

Hydrangea Portmeirion Botanic Garden | © #tablescapes

A pair of watering cans got a fun and affordable makeover recently with a little decoupage and napkins.

DIY Watering Can Makeover with Decoupage and Napkins | © #spring #DIY #wateringcan

You can use this technique to decorate any surface. . .flower pots, birdhouses, furniture. . . the possibilities are endless!

DIY Watering Can Makeover with Decoupage and Napkins

Watering can centerpiece with flowers | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring #flowers

I picked the last of the snowball viburnums and sprinkled in some azaleas and Lady Banks rose blooms, along with some foliage, for an easy and casual garden centerpiece for the table.

Watering can centerpiece with flowers | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring #flowers

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.

Alfresco spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring

In addition to the botanical designs, I was all aflutter over the butterflies and bees buzzing on the dinnerware which is also oven-to-table, freezer and microwave safe.

 Portmeirion Botanic Garden | © #tablescapes

Alfresco spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Lilac | ©

Alfresco garden table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring

Alfresco spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring

Table Details:

Dinnerware, Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

Goblets, Napkins, Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago

Napkin Rings / consignment store

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Tablecloth / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Portmeirion Botanic Garden | ©

Table Details:

Dinnerware, Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

Goblets & Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Napkin Rings / consignment store

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Tablecloth / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Alfresco spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring

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

Lakeside spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring #lake

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Lakeside spring table | © #tablescapes #alfresco #spring #lake

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  48 comments for “Lakeside Table + Botanic Garden Blooms

  1. Alyson
    April 29, 2020 at 6:43 am

    I love your table! Botanic Garden is also my everyday china, and I so enjoy its beauty.
    Your lovely tables by the lake are always my favorite; how blessed you are to have that view! Thanks for bringing some Spring cheer!
    Wishing you safety and health,

  2. Stacey
    April 29, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Love everything spring! The decoupaged watering cans are brilliant! Such a perfect springtime view and set up! I may have my project for the week with decoupage and my watering can (since the withdrawals are real from Homegoods & The Depot)!

  3. Pat
    April 29, 2020 at 6:56 am

    The very first flower I spot on your tablecloth are blue pansies! Beautiful tablescape in a beautiful setting! Thanks so much.

  4. Ann Woleben
    April 29, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Another beautiful post – the watering can project is on my list! Thank you for always providing such wonderful photos and ideas.

  5. Ellen McHale
    April 29, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Lovely. But I miss seeing your gorgeous quilts that sometimes appear in your inspired table settings….
    Maybe I’ll sit with the Foxglove 😇

  6. April 29, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Mary, how wonderful to have a seat at your table with the beautiful lake view. I love Botanic Garden and have six dinner plates. Adding the lovely table cloth and the pretty stemware completes the Botanic Garden theme. The decoupaged watering can filled with spring flowers is a stunning centerpiece. Happy Wednesday we are expecting rain!

  7. Ruthie Miller
    April 29, 2020 at 7:39 am

    What a spectacular table!! A feast for the eyes in every way. My daughter has those dishes and I love them-especially the old ones.
    You did a marvelous job with your watering cans. Can’t wait to try my hand at some when “this” is all over.
    My husband and I went to Portmeiron in Wales. It is a charming and unique place to visit if you ever get the chance.
    Because my daughter has the dishes, I sent her 3 David Austin roses named Susan Williams-Ellis because…”Susan Williams-Ellis, the elder daughter of Clough Williams-Ellis, was the founder of Portmeirion Pottery. Susan and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis began Portmeirion Pottery in 1960.

    Susan’s designs were at the forefront of contemporary style, and her 1972 design, Botanic Garden, became a worldwide best selling range of tableware. This range is still available for purchase from Portmeirion Online.

    The success of Portmeirion Potteries was only one facet of Susan’s life and work. Susan was an accomplished artist and author, drawing inspiration from the sea as did her father. Susan studied at Chelsea School of Art under Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Festival of Britain and her many of the rooms at Portmeirion Village were furnished with her textile designs.”

  8. Char
    April 29, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Such a beautiful table setting. Thank you for this taking the time to share the beauty of nature and your creative display for us to enjoy.

  9. thelday
    April 29, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful. I enjoy all your blog posts. Especially this one with all the flowers.

  10. Ellen
    April 29, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Hi Mary, we are finally getting some spring weather…I love those dishes…it was a toss up between the ones shown here and the Lenox Butterfly Meadow pattern when I was looking…I picked the Butterfly Meadow…but I still love your pattern!! Sooo ready for beautiful flowers like your centerpiece!! A good pick me up!! 🌸🌻🌼💐🌺🌹♥️

  11. Lauren S
    April 29, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Consider my hand raised!!!

  12. Dorinda Selke
    April 29, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Dear Mary ~ I am still shivering in upstate Litchfield Hills, CT !!! Last week we had snow, wind chills in the 20’s …. and our leaves aren’t out yet.

    Please send some warm sunshine ☀️ our way 🙏🙏🙏

    Thanks, Dorinda

  13. Rita C.
    April 29, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Gorgeous! That stem with the orange poppies made me sigh….that was the color of mine in my landscape. Great collection, and perfect time for this tablescape. Thank goodness we have all this spring beauty to get through this social isolation.

  14. katy
    April 29, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful as ever! ;)

  15. Judy Reed
    April 29, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Dear Mary ~
    I stumbled upon you quite by accident…don’t even remember what that sequence of events was..surfing the net I guess. I love everything about your posts and am most definitely raising my hand about missing Home Goods.
    I’m not a serious shopper by any means but I can definitely waste some time aimlessly wandering around in there…and I never leave empty handed. As soon as I can locate an old watering can, I will definitely be trying the decoupage project. Thanks so much for brightening up a somewhat overcast and gloomy day in Harrisburg PA.

  16. April 29, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Your table is blooming with happiness!..How nice to know that Botanic Garden is your everyday dish pattern, Mary. I love to know that you get your flower fix whenever you have a meal. Your table looks beautiful in your lakeside setting. xo

  17. April 29, 2020 at 9:07 am

    So beautiful, while i work daily planting and getting filthy it’s a great to see your pristine beauty! Getting ready to plant around fifty peonies, it was delightful to see your dish, it feels like a required purchase now!

    Oh yes on missing hgs, they opend a gigantic bass sporting good store with lines to match costco, it’s in the same center as hgs, I can’t imagine one store is more essential then the other 😢 just yesterday I was wondering if hgs will even have spring merch, they are always seasons ahead, I fear it will be Xmas in summer while I am craving all things garden!

  18. April 29, 2020 at 9:19 am


    Good morning and thank you for your gorgeous table by the lake with your Portmeirion Botanical china!

    It is exceptional and such food for the soul on a rainy windy morning, especially – ha!

    I just had to write to tell you that your attention to detail is beyond amazing!

    The fact that your oval watering can fits perfectly inside the oval on your tablecloth is lovely, on top of the beauty that each piece brings to your table!

    Even on your chicken soup photo with the lemon slice and parsley with your lime green Le Creuset dutch oven, next to the gold napkin and the beautiful chicken soup, etc., etc. Your eye for color and design brings me more joy than I can put into words throughout the year. I could go on for an hour….

    If only I can drive to NC today and be your assistant to bring you lunch and help you iron – ha!

    How in the world do you store all of these tablecloths and china and accessories? The beauty you produce is absolutely magical and I know there is a lot of work behind the scenes to achieve this level of excellence.

    Just want you to know that “I am amazed by you” like the song says and I am grateful to you for giving all of us who celebrate beauty a balance to this crazy time!!!

    By the way, once the world returns to normal, if you ever get to Lexington, Kentucky, I hope you will visit my favorite store for china and crystal – L.V.Harkness.

    I’ve never seen anything else like it in the cities where I have traveled, and anyone who loves tableware would love it. They have everything at every price point, and it is like a museum on top of a store.

    Anyway, wish I could send you something that gives you the happiness that you give all of your admirers.

    Sending you love from Louisville on what would have been Derby week.

    Thanks again and I appreciate the chance to connect with you since I’m not on social media.

    Take good care,

    Mary E

  19. Alice Genzlinger
    April 29, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I don’t have a lake view to enjoy while eating on the porch but I do have a koi pond . Sitting on the porch and hearing the waterfall splashing, the birds singing and the children playing next door on a warm Spring day makes me forget the worries of the day. Your table is beautifully set. Your view as usual unmatchable.

  20. Jane Lund
    April 29, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Gorgeous as always! Perhaps a few weeks it will start to get nice in Mi. Our nursery’s are now opened & can’t wait to visit them!!

  21. Sheran
    April 29, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Stunningly beautiful. Love the lake side view and the table settings and flowers are simple fabulous! 🌹🌺🌻

  22. Franki Parde
    April 29, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Gosh that’s pretty!!! Our weather is “crappy”…just wind & more WIND…spring “May” miss us altogether…franki

  23. Clara
    April 29, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Mary, What a beautiful table. I’m loving the botanical theme. Oh, the tablecloth is so colorful and pretty! Your watering can is the perfect centerpiece! Al fresco dining is delightful this time of year, especially by the lake. Thanks for allowing us to enjoy it too. ✋I miss HomeGoods too! Enjoy your day! Clara ♥️

  24. Deb
    April 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Lovely! Perfection at the lake!

  25. April 29, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Spring flowers, butterflies, bees, and a gorgeous lakeside view. What a beautiful way to celebrate spring!

  26. Joani Younger
    April 29, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Your posts are always delightful! Flowers and puppies – nothing better. Oh and the water view!

  27. Jane
    April 29, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Gorgeous table!
    Welcome Spring…….

  28. Bonnie Morgan
    April 29, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Your view is exceptional and the spring weather has been such a blessing during this terrible isolation. I love the flowers you used for your centerpiece and the arrangement style.
    That is amazing how the watering can fit perfectly in the center of the tablecloth. Curious minds want to know did you have this tablescape in mind before you decided on the craft for your watering can? Or did it just work after you had done the mod podge watering can?
    How nice to have the napkins to match and the pretty stemware.
    It has been beautiful here all week but rainy today. Thanks for bringing beauty into my day.

  29. Donna
    April 29, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Definitely having Home Goods withdrawal. I hope they will come out of this okay. I fear some shops and restaurants are not going to survive this shut down.

  30. April 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Your decoupaged watering can is really beautiful on your lakeside table Mary! I love the pink azaleas in the can and also in the background, so pretty! A flower lover’s dream table with blooming dishes, glassware, napkins ! A wonderful celebration of Spring!

  31. Cyndi Raines
    April 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for the invite, what a beautiful table and view! I might not ever leave, haha. I will choose the Dianthus Barbatus, or better known as Sweet William. I love that they last so long and sometimes I get a second round out of them. Your decoupaged water can is the perfect fit for such a lovely setting. I’ve been busy painting our picket fences and have many more to do. This is such a soothing, peaceful setting, I need to go back and look again. Well done Mary! Another home run! ⚘🦋🐝

  32. Judy West
    April 29, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Love, Love the stem ware they are so beautiful I think I have a thing for pretty glasses.\The watering cans are so beautiful also.

  33. Sue
    April 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    My hand is in the air with yours over my Home Goods withdrawal! Once again, thank you for such creative ,beautiful, and inspiring posts!

  34. Doris
    April 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Nasty, dreary, cold, rainy day here, but you “let the sunshine in”. Beautiful tablescape as always. Thank you.

  35. Virginia
    April 29, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for another beautiful table design, can’t wait to get outside for a neighborhood gathering for docktails when it’s safe to go back to being together. I just loved the watering can arrangement and your botanical dinner ware. I rummaged through my stash of napkins and found some from Tuesday Mornings with parrots and tropical flowers on them. Now I just have to come up with an idea to decoupage something for our condo in Florida. Any suggestions Mary. I walked around town yesterday delivering my goats milk soap to friends and neighbors. It was a pretty day and I enjoyed being out and seeing friends but keeping my distance. Tomorrow expecting three inches of rain. 😒

    • April 30, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Hi Virginia, Your tropical napkins would be perfect to decoupage a flower pot for your Florida condo! If you’re using a terra cotta pot, give it a quick coat of acrylic craft paint first. You can get some paint via curbside pick up at Michaels, a 2 oz. bottle would be plenty: I know your friends loved their soap. It’s been raining cats and dogs here since last night and it looks like we’ll have close to 3 inches before it’s over too. ♥

      • Virginia
        April 30, 2020 at 10:41 pm

        Thanks for the suggestions Mary, I definitely will try to decoupage sometime with the napkins. I have some acrylic paints in my craft closet and am going to the garden center tomorrow and will look for a new terra-cotta pot. My friends loved the soaps and it got me out to see my neighbors. Rained here most of the day today but tomorrow should be nice. Have a good weekend.

  36. Alma-Lillian
    April 29, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Love your table! I too am having HomeGoods withdrawals. I wish that TJMaxx and Marshall’s were still on line. That would help!

    • Linda Musumeci
      April 30, 2020 at 8:40 am

      Your posts are always such a treat, Mary! You have a gift for pairing.sublime photos with practical information in the most unpretentious manner, i especially enjoyed this post as a longtime collector of Botanic Garden. I was reminded of a favorite vacation to Wales where we stayed at the Portmeirion Hotel and village. It was exquisitely beautiful. Ruthie Miller provided such good historical information in her comments. I would just suggest checking out the Portmeirion Hotel website for an armchair visit – the photos are fabulous!

      • Ruthie Miller
        May 2, 2020 at 8:52 am

        I never go back and read the comments but I was enjoying these pictures again and looked down at some of them and your name stood out. I used to know someone by your name who lived in Brooklyn. We met on a teachers tour in England and Scotland. It isn’t you, by any chance, is it? My maiden name was Ewald. Please let me know. Thanks.

      • Ruthie Miller
        May 2, 2020 at 8:57 am

        Mary, I realize now that this person, Linda Musumeci, probably won’t see my comment since there is a newer post. I am wondering if she is the same person I traveled with many years ago. Is there anyway you can send her my email and post privately? Thank you if you can. My maiden name was Ruth Miller.

  37. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    April 30, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Your beautiful work and photos are a welcome respite in my day. So lovely and peaceful, just what I need in this time. Thank you for this.

  38. April 30, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Awwww…I admire Portmeire So much!! Lovely tableaux….thank U for being such an Inspiration!!

  39. April 30, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Beautifully styled table. The view is heavenly. The Botanic Garden plates are so pretty and spread joy with their garden flowers. Love the watering can you decoupaged. I too, am having withdrawal pains from Home Goods. Thank you again for your sweet comment about our Sweet Chloe.

  40. April 30, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Very pretty! My hand is up and waving; My friend used to say to me are you buying those dishes or just taking them for a ride? I never go in to Home Goods without buying a dish it seems. She passed away took young, but I always think of her when browsing and trying decide if I’m going to buy what is in my cart. Take Care Lynn

  41. Julie H from Michigan
    May 2, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Mary, yes I am missing Home Goods. Love the different variety I see every time I’m there. The pink flowers in your pretty watering can are gorgeous! I love Portmeirion Botanical Garden. Maybe 5 years ago or more you did a blog with those dishes. I immediately looked them up in Macy’s and read all the reviews and knew then I would purchase them. I have never been disappointed in these lovely colorful dishes. You also had a tablecloth in your setting that I immediately purchased through the link you gave from Kohls. I just love my tablesetting in spring when I pull those dishes out and the tablecloth. You have such an eye for idea and colors. I love your style, your blog. Thank you for sharing with all of us

  42. Ruthie Marie
    May 10, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I’m new to your blog but I’m incredibly loving it, Mary…🤗

    Your lakeside tablescape is breathtaking… 🧡💚💜❤️💛💙


  43. April 23, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Mary, Such a gorgeous Spring Table! I also love how you have landscaped your lakeside table area! Gorgeous! Your beautiful decoupage watering can and wonderful flower arrangement make a perfect centerpiece!!! So glad you shared this!- Patty

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