Spring Snowballs and Bird Chirping Table

 Bird Chirping Table and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Happy Monday!

I’m joining my Monday Morning Blooms’ friends for a little flower therapy today!

Pam, Lidy, Shirley and I are excited to welcome Bonnie at Living with Thanksgiving, joining us as a Guest ‘Bloomer’ today!

You can find my flower friends’ links to their blooming inspiration at the bottom of this post.

 Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

Spring snowballs are a good thing if you’re talking flowers! Our Snowball Viburnums have been blooming for a couple of weeks and been beautiful this spring. I was afraid that the cold snap we had a couple of weeks ago would frost nip the blooms but they escaped unscathed.

 Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

We planted this Snowball Viburnum by the Potting Shed five years ago.

 Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

If you have room in your landscape for a viburnum shrub I highly recommended planting one! The flowers start out green and turn a snowy white and make beautiful cut flowers. Snowball Viburnum tolerates a range of soils, but performs best in moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Plant in full sun to partial shade in USDA zones 6-9.

Read more: Fast Growing and Low Maintenance White Spring Blooms Your Garden Needs

Fast Growing and Low Maintenance White Spring Blooms Your Garden Needs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

We’ve had some beautiful spring weather recently with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s and 80s . . .my favorite weather. . .bird-chirping weather!

Bluebird on birdhouse and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

In celebration of ‘bird chirping weather’, I pulled out a faux watering can / planter, found at HomeGoods several years ago.

Watering Can Planter | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, then you know I’m in need of a watering can (and HomeGoods ;) intervention.

Watering Can Planter flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

I lined the planter area with plastic then added some wet floral foam, soaking the floral foam in water mixed with floral preservative to prolong the life of the flowers.

Tip: When using wet floral foam, use the “float soak” method and place the floral foam brick on top of the water. Let the floral foam gradually absorb the water until it’s fully saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and will prohibit the transfer of water from the foam to the flower stems.

Tip for woody stems in flower arrangements! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

To help woody stems of flowers or foliage ‘drink’ and stay hydrated and fresh longer, I use a vegetable peeler to strip 3 – 4 inches of the outside layers of the stems. It’s more effective than smashing the ends of the woody stems which damage the cells and cause bacteria to grow, ultimately shortening the life of your flowers.

Watering Can Planter flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

Bridal Wreath Spirea has been beautiful this spring too! The graceful arching branches and have an old-fashioned appeal and look of a cottage garden. It blooms best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade.

Bridal Wreath Spirea | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

Bridal Wreath Spirea is a fast grower and hardy in USDA zones 4 – 8 with a height of 5 – 9 feet and mature spread of 6 – 8 feet.

Bridal Wreath Spirea | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

I cut a few branches to add to the planter to mix with the snowballs . . .

Watering Can Planter flower arrangement with snowball viburnum and spirea | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

And wrap around the handle of the watering can.

Watering Can Planter flower arrangement with snowball viburnum and spirea | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden

I set a table for two by the Snowball Viburnum. . .

Alfresco spring table with birds and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Bird dishes and napkin rings flew in to land at the table to celebrate bird chirping weather. . .

Alfresco spring table with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

With sprigs of spirea tucked in napkins and blooming on the placemats.

Alfresco spring table with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Alfresco spring table with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Garden spring table with birds and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Have a seat at the table. . .

Embroidered pillow with bird | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Embroidered pillow with butterfly | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Garden spring table with birds and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Garden spring table with birds and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Table Details:

Burlap tablecloth / Ballard Designs, several years ago

Bird Dishes / Gracie China by Coastline Imports, HomeGoods, several years ago

Placemats / Target several years ago

Plates / Mikasa English Countryside

Bird Napkin Rngs & Pillows / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Napkins / Pier 1, several years ago

Watering Can Planter & Chargers  / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

La Rochere Bee Goblets/ World Market, several years ago

Garden spring table with birds and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather." - Terri Guillemets | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.” – Terri Guillemets

Garden spring table with birds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

Visit my flower friends to see their beautiful floral inspiration today:

 Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

Bonnie at Living with Thanksgiving

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Garden spring table with birds and Snowball Viburnum | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #spring #flowers #garden #tablescape #alfresco

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  48 comments for “Spring Snowballs and Bird Chirping Table

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  2. Dorinda Selke
    April 19, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Mary ~ your tablescape is absolutely stunning! Lucky is the person who gets to sit next to you in that snowball paradise! Hugs, Dorinda

    • April 19, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much Dorinda! I so appreciate your visits and comments. ♥

  3. April 19, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Oh how I would love to sit at that table next to that glorious Snowball Viburnum! We planted two of those magnificent shrubs last year. They are about 3 feet tall now and full of blooms…I had to laugh at you needing “HomeGoods and watering cans” therapy! When I come across a watering can in antique shops, I think of you and your rain chain of them! I have never had a snowball shrub, so I ask,
    is there a rule of thumb for cutting the blooms? … My next purchase will be the Bridal Wreath Spirea for sure! Happy Monday dear Bloom friend! Have a most beautiful week!

    • April 19, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Shirley, Your viburnum will provide you with a profusion of blooms in no time! There are no rules for cutting. Cut or do any pruning right after it blooms as it blooms on new wood. Happy to join for some flower therapy today. Enjoy this beautiful spring weather ♥

  4. Bonnie Morgan
    April 19, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Oh, Mary! Your Snowball Viburnum is gorgeous and so is your bridal wreath. I love your setting by your potting shed for a table for two.Your styling is always perfect. Your arrangement is stunning in the vintage watering can atop the vintage stool. I love the lush blooms of the snowball and spirea together. The textures complement each other so well.
    How delightful your table is with the bird napkin rings ,green gingham napkins and sweet green rustic birdhouse.
    Thank you so much for including me as a ‘guest bloomer’ for MMB today! I am in great company with you four Monday Morning Bloom ladies.

    • April 19, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you Bonnie! We were so happy to have you join us today. Your arrangement is beautiful and I loved seeing the shot of you working on your arrangement in your daughter’s laundry room. I have laundry room envy…so spacious and bright. My laundry room is the size of closet :) Happy Monday ♥

    • Denise Carlson
      April 19, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      Another stunning table setting the white in the sunshine is ethereal! What a treat to have a bonus Monday Morning Blooms-thank you for such beauty !I also have the birdie napkin rings, love them.

      • April 19, 2021 at 7:54 pm

        Thank you so much Denise! Happy Monday ♥

  5. Ruthie Miller
    April 19, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Magnificent flower profusion!!! There use is something about white-they are glorious. The Snowball Viburnum and Bridal Wreath Spirea are so lush and happy where they are planted. Thank you for sharing. Pinned some, will pin some more and love the table setting too. I have saved your vegetable peeler “trick” for years but always need reminding. The watering can is so great and got into just the right hands!! thank you for such prettiness!

    • April 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you for your visits and sweet comment Ruthie. Happy Monday ♥

  6. April 19, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Mary, your snowball viburnum and bridal wreath spirea are both beautiful. Both of mine were gorgeous for a few days before we had a couple of nights of frost. The bird chirping table is perfectly set next to the viburnum. I have noticed that I suddenly have a love for green and white, it is so clean and timeless! I agree with Shirley, it would be a pleasure to sit at your lovely table and enjoy your spring garden!

    I so enjoy our Monday Morning Blooms…enjoy your day!

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you Pam! So happy to join for some flower therapy on these Mondays. Enjoy your garden ♥

  7. Donna
    April 19, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Snowballs are my very favorite. They are so beautiful. They go beautifully with your little pups.

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Donna, they’re my favorite too! ♥

  8. April 19, 2021 at 8:51 am

    I don’t remember seeing your watering can planter before, Mary, but I’m swooning over it! The snowballs and the bridal wreath are so incredibly gorgeous. How I’d love sitting there at your potting shed table. My waterfall is cleaned out and the birdies in my backyard are as happy as I am!

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Kitty, I wish you could join me there! Please bring your apple strudel when you come :) I know your birds are loving your wonderful garden oasis and waterfall. Happy Monday ♥

  9. April 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Hopefully, I will get to plant a snowball bush this year!! A beautiful post! Love it all!! But I do have a favorite besides your display…and that’s the Lady’s Head! A beautiful arrangement!! Thanks a bush!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Ellen, I highly recommend planting it one as it’s low maintenance and beautiful. Bonnie’s lady vase arrangement is a stunner. Happy Monday ♥

  10. April 19, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Wow, I love this so much. I do believe I have a small snowball viburnum that is in bloom now. I have the regular viburnum that forms a lovely long hedge. Your bird tablescape is so lovely. How did I miss those sweet bird plates at a home Goods? Always a pleasure to see your talents at work. Happy week.

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks so much Linda, Happy Monday to you! ♥

  11. April 19, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Wow Mary, your snowball viburnum is a show stopper! I used to have one but it was planted where it didn’t get any sun so it didn’t last long…Your watering can planter is so cute and your table is stunning. I haven’t heard about the vegetable peeler trick before, thank you! The bird chirping theme is wonderful. I went to Home Goods last week for the first time in 13 months!!! I was overwhelmed 😂

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Jenna! I’m in need of a HomeGoods fix, I couldn’t hold out for 13 months. :)

  12. Betsy
    April 19, 2021 at 10:48 am


    My family calls Home Goods “The Mothership” and my husband swears my face lights up everytime I walk in the store. I’ll be the last person to aide in your intervention!

    Your viburnum is lovely and I know warm weather has arrived when mine blooms. It truly looks like snow when they drop their petals! Thank you for sharing the tip on peeling the stem. Such a lovely arrangement you created!

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Betsy, I had to chuckle at “mothership” :) I’m overdue a shopping excursion! Thank you for your visits and sweet comments. I hope your viburnum will be overflowing with blooms. Happy Monday ♥

  13. Kim
    April 19, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Vegetable peeler is a new and fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing. Everything is beautiful as usual.

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you Kim!

  14. Debbie
    April 19, 2021 at 11:17 am


    • April 19, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Debbie ♥

  15. Linda E. Erickson
    April 19, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Mary, thanks for bringing us the joy and beauty of “bird chirping weather”

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Linda! ♥

  16. April 19, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Mary! You have brought such joy to my heart this morning. I love all flowers, but snowball viburnum is my absolute favorite. I can’t get ours to bloom anything like yours here in Southern California, but oh! how I admire your bountiful blossoms. Your arrangement is magical, does it not just whisper or shout spring?! Bird chirping weather is my absolute favorite too. {probably everyone’s!} It must be stunningly beautiful over the lake this time of year. You always inspire, dear friend, with the gorgeous arrangements you create. Wishing you a beautiful and blessed week ahead. xo Lidy

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Lidy! So happy to join you for some flower therapy on these Mondays ♥

  17. April 19, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful post today Mary! The Snowballs are gorgeous by your Potting Shed! I could sit out there all day taking in the sights and the beauty.
    I think of you when I enter my she shed and I think of you when I see watering cans!
    Happy Monday my friend!

    • April 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      Aww, thank you Nancy! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather! ♥

  18. KathyP
    April 19, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Mary, Your Snowball Viburnum takes my breath away! What a gorgeous setting and table! Thank you for sharing!

    • April 19, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you for your visits and comments Kathy! ♥

  19. Clara
    April 19, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Mary, I’m finishing up my day enjoying your beautiful arrangement. It’s so cute in the the faux watering can. Your tablescape is inviting too! Enjoy your week. Clara❤️

  20. Cyndi Raines
    April 19, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    How beautiful! That setting is fit for a bridal tea ! Love the birdies on stand-by, gracing your table. The watering can is perfect! Your “snowballs” are the best kind! Our weather report says we could get a freaky 2-4 inches of snow ! 😣 It better not happen, we are so ready for spring, full time! These shrubs are show-stoppers for sure! Well done Mary!

  21. Rita C.
    April 20, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Love it, Mary. Your snowball viburnum is magnificent. Our former neighbor’s is just now in the lime green state of bloom. I love soaking up all your table details. The green & white with the burlap makes a very nice look, cool and calm. My favorite weather is also bird-chirping weather!

  22. April 20, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Its gorgeous, all the things I love! Can’t wait for my snowballs to turn into a huge hedge! Beautiful setting, I’m always smitten with an abundance of white in the garden 🙂

  23. April 20, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Mary, bird chirping weather is my favorite! I’d love to fly in and settle into one of the spots on this charming table. As always, every detail of your table setting is gorgeous, and I have snowball envy! I’m going to ask about growing one here, though I’ve not seen any. We had a bridal wreath at our first home, As soon as our remodel is complete (the remodel that appears to be in limbo) we will completely rework part of our front garden to be an enclosed courtyard. I’m eager to get started. Happy week!

  24. Sue
    April 21, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Your table setting is so beautiful as is your snowball bush! I have one but not near as many blossoms as you have. Mine is several years old and get good sun, but not full sun. I’m wondering if that’s why I don’t have as many buds. I do love it though!

  25. April 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Gorgeous table setting! The snowball bush is spectacular and your arrangement is so lush.

  26. April 22, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Such a pretty tablesetting and a fabulous garden backdrop! I’ve always loved bridal wreath spirea but haven’t seen it much since I moved south.

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