Fresh Flower Market + Peonies in the Potting Shed

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #tablescapes

Happy Monday! It’s one of my favorite days of the month, when I join my blogging friends, Shirley, Pam and Lidy, for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!

You can find my flower friends’ links and more floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Peonies in obelisk and Knock Out roses | © #flowers #garden

May is my favorite month in the garden and when the peonies are in bloom here in North Carolina!

Sarah Bernhardt Peony | © #flowers #garden #peonies

Meet Sarah Bernhardt, a hands-down favorite peony with big pink double blooms that resemble old-fashioned roses.

Sarah Bernhardt Peony | © #flowers #garden #peonies

I cut some peonies to enjoy their fragrance and for a little ‘Fresh Flower Market’ fun in the Potting Shed.

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #tablescapes

Decoupaged watering cans add some additional blooms, along with a sprinkling of butterflies. I hung one one over the window and filled one filled with peonies and privet that is blooming now.

Decoupage Watering Can hanging in the Potting Shed | ©

You can use this fun technique to decorate any surface. . .flower pots, birdhouses, furniture. . . the possibilities are endless! Find the how-to using napkins to decoupage, HERE.

Watering can makeover with decoupage and napkins | © #diy #craft #garden #wateringcan

In addition to peonies, I filled some mason jars with some garden roses and Verbena Lollipop that’s blooming right now. . .

Ball jar bouquets in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #masonjars

If you’re looking for a flower that attracts pollinators, self-sows and tolerates the heat, Verbena Lollipop is the flower for you!

Verbena Lollipop | © #flowers #pottingshed

It grows in zones 6 – 10, prefers full sun in well-drained soil and is a butterfly magnet!

Verbena Lollipop and Swallowtail Butterfly | © #flowers #butterfly

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #tablescapes

 I picked some Johnson Brother Garden Bouquets to serve up more flowers. . .

Garden Bouquet by Johnson Brothers | © #tablescapes

Garden Bouquet by Johnson Brothers | © #tablescapes

Garden Bouquet by Johnson Brothers is perennial favorite in my garden of dishes. ;)

Garden Bouquet by Johnson Brothers | © #tablescapes

Vintage floral flatware | © #tablescapes

White washed terracotta pot napkin rings add a nod to gardening season paired with floral print napkins. . .

Vintage floral flatware | © #tablescapes

While mismatched vintage flatware adds some additional blooms.

Vintage floral flatware | © #tablescapes

Flowers in Potting Shed | © #tablescapes

I get asked frequently about what to do about ants on peonies. Ants are attracted to the nectar on the peony buds. They are harmless to peonies and also serve to protect the blossoms from other floral-feeding insects, like thrips.

Sarah Bernhardt Peony | © #flowers #garden #peonies

To prevent bringing ants inside with your peonies, either cut your peonies when they’re in the ‘marshmallow’ bud stage or give the flowers a gentle ‘swish’ upside down in a bucket of water to get rid of any hitchhikers that may be hiding in your petals.

Ball jar bouquets of peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #masonjars

The ‘marshmallow’ stage is when the bud is soft when gently squeezed between the forefinger and thumb. Buds cut at marshmallow stage typically bloom within 8 to 48 hours after the stems are placed in water.

Sarah Bernhardt Peony | © #flowers #garden #peonies

Like spring bulbs, peonies rely on their foliage to replenish food stores for their blooms the following year. When cutting peony buds and blooms, leave as much foliage as possible on the plant and limit your bouquet to one-fourth to one-third of the stems in bloom.

Ball jar bouquets in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #masonjars

Table Details:

Fresh Flower Market Sign / antique mall

Jute Runner, Pottery Barn, several years ago

Floral Napkins & Napkin Rings /  HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware & Johnson Brother Garden Bouquet /vintage

Garden tools / Target, several years ago

Wood chargers / Pier1, several years ago

Decoupaged Watering Cans / DIY here

Sarah Bernhardt Peony | © #flowers #garden #peonies

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

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #tablescapes

Ball jar bouquets of peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #masonjars

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #tablescapes

Sarah Bernhardt Peony | © #flowers #garden #peonies

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #tablescapes

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  40 comments for “Fresh Flower Market + Peonies in the Potting Shed

  1. Ellen
    May 18, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Hi Mary, I’m hoping my peonies open…not sure if they will with all the frost & several freezes lately!! They are one of my favs and I long for that heavenly scent!! The recent freeze we had ended all hope of lilacs and their heavenly aroma this year!! AND, especially this year, we need these things!!

    • May 18, 2020 at 6:50 am

      Hi Ellen, I’m so sorry to hear that. Hope springs eternal, keeping my fingers crossed for blooms!

    • Kathy Menold
      May 18, 2020 at 7:55 am

      My Peonies were beautiful this year ,but are all but a few white ones , done for the season. Couldn’t believe the size of Sarah Bernhart blooms this year. Amazing. Next we will have Asiatic and Day lilies to cut for bouquets .I agree May is the most wonderful month in the garden. Today is cloudy with showers predicted ,so perfect for transplanting some annuals I have purchased.Finally made a trip to a nursery to do some shopping. So nice to be out even with a mask and social distancing.😊

  2. Kellee
    May 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations every Monday morning! You bring joy!

  3. Bonnie Morgan
    May 18, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Mary, Your flowers are beautiful. I do hope the rain is not going to beat down your lovely flowers. I love all the floral dishes, flatware, napkins, watering cans, and garden tools. Your peonies and other flowers are so beautiful! I adore peonies and can’t grow them here. Can’t buy them here either! Sad!!!
    Thanks for the beauty.

    • May 18, 2020 at 7:34 am

      Thank you Bonnie! I’m afraid they’re going to be shredded by heavy rain in our forecast this week. I’m guessing it’s a wet week for you too.

  4. May 18, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Good morning Mary. A visit inside the potting shed is always a treat, and I can just imagine the fragrance when you open the door. The Sarah Bernhardt peonies are breathtaking with their big pink double blooms. I love the Verbena lollipops and I had plans to make them an addition to my garden. Johnson Brothers Garden Bouquet is so perfect for your beautiful flowers, I do love the decoupaged watering cans. The blooming mismatched flatware and the white-washed terra-cotta napkin rings add charm to your table.

    I planted three peonies last year and a Sarah Bernhardt this year, the plants are gorgeous but no blooms. I have hope for next year. It is always a treat to share Monday Morning Blooms with you, have a lovely day ♥️

    • May 18, 2020 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Pam! It’s not unusual for it to take three years for peonies to bloom once planted but after that you have years of blooms to look forward to. Happy Monday 🌸💕

  5. May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    When my Sweetie was little, she often melted my heart by saying “You make my heart happy” (I think she got that from Dora the Explorer)….well, I am here to say that you make my heart happy every time you bring us such beauty from your garden and make us feel as though we are strolling it with you and sitting down and sharing a cup of tea with you by the lake or in your beloved Potting Shed. I just planted peonies at the house…no blooms but i so look forward to hopefully having some next year….the Sarah Bernhardt was one of them. Have a fabulous week and hopefully the rains will be kind to your Sarahs!…As always, such a pleasure to be with you on our MMB’s!!

  6. Alice Genzlinger
    May 18, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Our Sarah Bernhardt peonies are well over 100 years old having belonged to my husbands grandmother then to his mother. He dug them up and brought them to Co when we moved here. They are a sweet memory every year when they bloom. Their fragrance fills the yard. I only cut them to bring inside if I see a storm coming as rain and wind ruins them. I can almost smell yours. So pretty.

  7. May 18, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I remember that my Aunt Kitty and Uncle John had peonies growing in their beautiful garden in Pennsylvania. What a beautiful flower that they are, and you’ve displayed them so prettily, Mary. Your potting shed looks wonderful with the sprinkling cans, Garden Bouquet, mismatched flatware (sigh), and those daring napkin rings. Thank you for making me smile this morning…just wish I could breathe in the glorious aroma! 🌸💕🌸

  8. Jane
    May 18, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Thanks to you and your friends for the beautiful Monday morning post.The flowers are absolutely gorgeous and make the day so bright and cheerful…..

  9. May 18, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Oh so lovely! Such beauty in every single capture! I love your creativity and ingenuity!
    I hope to see our peonies soon at the LakeHouse in Pennsylvania. I just need to be encouraged to get on that plane to take me there. I have no problem flying but now with the virus…???

  10. Clara
    May 18, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Mary, your peonies are beautiful! They’re so healthy and happy. Your potting shed is peony perfection! I really love your decoupaged watering cans. My quest now is to find peony bulbs (I think it may be fall before I can purchase/plant them). If you have any special place where you purchased yours I would appreciate any advice. Have a wonderful day! Clara♥️

    • May 18, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Clara! I just looked and it does appear that peonies are only available for fall shipping. I recently found this source for peonies that P. Allen Smith uses and ordered a couple about a month ago. They came with a very healthy 3-5 eye division. Their website says to check back in the fall.🌸🍁

      • Clara
        May 18, 2020 at 11:06 am

        Thank you Mary ❤️

  11. Janet Robinson
    May 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Mary, your peonies are gorgeous! I too have hundreds. They are my favorite. I have several varieties, and a very unusual one named Maxime de Cornu that looks bright pink at first but opens a bright peach with orange tones in it’s fragrance. My husband and iI will travel to Litchfield Ct this Autumn to The White Flower farm to purchase some new varities. The peonies love our sandy soil in Maine..Ours now bloom June 15 or so …..maybe the 20th due to the cold spring

  12. Bobbi Duncan
    May 18, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Mary, S.B. peonies are such a favorite of mine! I love your decoupage and all the florals everywhere…sooo cheerful! Glad you and yours are doing well. Hugs!

  13. May 18, 2020 at 10:33 am

    What a great way to start the week by gazing at your beautiful booms and creativity. Thank you!

  14. May 18, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Mary, such a beautiful presentation from the set tableware to the watering pitchers. Your Potting shed is lovely. I adore the peonies. I do hope the rains do not ruin the beautiful flowers.

  15. May 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

    So gorgeous Mary, truly a haven for flower lovers, your Potting Shed is indeed in full bloom! Your decoupaged watering cans are perfect for this flower market setting! The peonies are stunning, and I adore the abundance of blooms everywhere you look! 🌺🌸🌼💐💕

  16. Julie Duncan
    May 18, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    The beautiful pictures make me very homesick for my lovely peonies in IL. Since retiring to the SW, I cannot grow that beautiful flower! Your photography is wonderful! This is one of my favorite home/garden blog! Thank you!

  17. Court Wilson
    May 18, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Your posts always brighten my day. Your peonies are beautiful! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of all that gorgeousness. And I hope you and your sweet pups are well. They are absolutely adorable 💕💕💐

  18. Darlene
    May 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Perfect setting in a perfect Little garden shed.
    Especially needed here in California where it
    Is a bit gloomy and misty and my plan was to
    Finish potting baskets today!
    Beautiful post.

  19. Sue
    May 18, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Enchanted with a visit to the Potting Shed, and all the pretty flowers in bloom that are so charming with a flowery table setting…what a treat! I really appreciate that you take time to answer our questions and help us to find where one might find whatever it is we are looking for. Your tips are helpful and easy to understand; encouraging. Thank you too for sharing your inspiring creativity. It’s always a treat to find your posts.

  20. May 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! Your peonies are so beautiful, Mary. I haven’t been able to go out and buy any, as we can’t grow our own here in California, sadly. But I’ve had such joy looking at your enchanting potting shed set for two and covered in those gorgeous peonies. It’s always a joy to join you on our special Monday Morning Blooms!! xo Lidy

  21. May 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Amazing table! So inspiring and creative!Gorgeous dishes!

  22. Marion
    May 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Your Peonies are gorgeous. Of course your table is always set beautifully.
    Thank You for sharing.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  23. Shirley Graham
    May 18, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Everything looks gorgeous! Love all the colors, dishes, & all. Thank you!!!

  24. May 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    I just want to tell you that I LOVE your creativity! Your blog is one of the only ones I actually get sucked into because it is just gorgeous. I don’t know how you do all this and AD free! Thank you for what you do.
    Happy Spring,

  25. Nancy Brantley
    May 18, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Your Potting Shed is GORGEOUS with all those blooms! I have a set of those dishes in my sunroom. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  26. May 18, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Beautiful peonies and china. I really miss spring flowers. I had to laugh when you mentioned those ants on the peonies. Many years ago, I was helping someone weed their garden. The peonies seemed like weeds covered in ants, so I was well on my way digging them up until caught !

  27. Cyndi Raines
    May 19, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Oh, so pretty! It is Peony heaven! And those flower pot napkin rings are over-the-top cute, so fitting for your tablescape in the shed. I have always loved your mismatched vintage floral flatware. Only you Mary can find such treasures and put it all together to make such a stunning look. Just awesome! 🤗

  28. May 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Have you noticed that when you surround yourself with things you love, everything just fits together? I think that must be the secret to your beautiful tablescapes and the potting shed. I really look forward to seeing your beautiful garden posts and your wonderful decorating ideas.

  29. Rita C.
    May 20, 2020 at 9:48 am

    So pretty! I found some SB peonies on a recent walk, stopped to photograph and sniff. Love your potting shed tabletop details. I found a complete set of that first closeup photo salad fork pattern, love it, but I like how you mix the random pieces!

  30. May 5, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful peonies! They look just gorgeous in your potting shed along with your place settings.

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