I’m hopping down the bunny trail with Peter Rabbit and friends
for some tabletop gardening fun in The Potting Shed!
I’m a big fan of Beatrix Potter and her charmed world of Peter Rabbit,
Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny.
Peter Rabbit and friends hopped to the counter for a
little tabletop fun to welcome gardening season!
Source: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life
Cabbage leaf plates accompany Peter and friends. . .
A Gardener Bunny is holding a floral garden fork. . .
Peter Rabbit plates hopped home with me from Pottery Barn several years ago
and are still available. . .
As irresistible to me as Mr. McGregor’s garden is to Peter Rabbit. 🥕🥬🐰
Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors
with more than two million books sold every year.
The story of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden first appeared in a picture letter Beatrix Potter
wrote to the young son of her former governess in 1893. Encouraged by her success after having
some greetings cards published, Beatrix Potter expanded into a little picture book
with black and white illustrations seven years later.
Initially rejected by several publishers, Beatrix Potter had it printed herself to give to family and friends.
Frederick Warne agreed to publish the tale if she supplied color photos for the book,
which became an instant success in 1903.
From Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life:
Beatrix Potter was a late bloomer, gardening-wise. By the time she saw the first growing season progress through her garden at Hill Top she would be forty years old. In spite of a somewhat late start, the seeds of Potter’s gardening interests were planted early on.
(Beatrix Potter at a garden gate about 1871)
Jardin de Legumes and le lapin provides a veggie backdrop
and a tasty lure for Peter Rabbit and friends.
Butterflies have arrived for spring, alighting on glasses. . .
And on plates.
Rae Dunn ‘grow’ and ‘dig’ garden tools flank Peter Rabbit plates for gardening season. . .
Along with vintage-inspired garden seed packet postcards.
Snowball Viburnum has been blooming for a couple of weeks. . .
I cut come blooms resembling white bunny cottontails, to sprout from small pots.
Help yourself to everybunny’s favorite, Carrot Zucchini Muffins. . .
Deliciously moist muffins that sneak in some veggies, with the addition of apple and coconut!
Hop over for the recipe HERE.
Details: Large Bunny / Gardener’s Supply Co, several years ago
Jardin de Legumes / Pier 1, several years ago
Peter Rabbit Salad Plates / Pottery Barn
White Chargers and Green Napkins / Pier 1, several years ago
Pot Napkin Rings / HomeGoods, several years ago
Dig and Grow Garden Tools / Rae Dunn, HomeGoods, last year
Cabbage leaf plates / Bordallo Pinheiro
Garden gloves / Target, several years ago
La Rochere Butterfly Glasses/ HomeGoods, several years ago
Peter Rabbit Watering Can / HomeGoods
Veggie Postcards / Cavallini & Co
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All these rabbits, real and faux, made me smile and *hoppy*
Always love your Beatrix Potter posts! Every year I see something new!! Those dishes are to die for! I have a dish fetish too and now it includes rabbits!! 🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰
Beautiful blog post. thanks for sharing.
Oh Peter Rabbit is so adorable. I just love Beatrix Potter too! As I read your post and saw the Gardening Journal I hopped right over to eBay and found a copy. I have looked at that book many times so today I ordered it. I have several other of her books and always buy Peter Rabbit books for the newest additions to our family. Thank you so much for brightening my day! Peace
I have her Journal and I love looking through it.
SO CUTE!!! Love all your posts, but adore them when they’re everybody’s favorite bunny!
Thank you for the continued joy and inspiration you bring to so many each week. You are truly my Happy Place!!! OMG..I made the asparagus / strawberry salad on Easter…Fabulous! who would have every thought such a combo……delicious! you are A M A Z I N G!!!!
I adore Beatrix Potter stories, many of them are on Youtube, so sweet. What values she stood for, such a strong person who persisted when no one else believed in here. Would love to visit Hilltop farm, I hope that it is really preserved. Thanks for this delightful post, so well put together. Those plates are keepers.
I have been following you for quite so time and love your post and have used many recipes that you have posted. I just love Peter Rabbit- it was the theme in my son’s nursery 36 years ago and my daughter-in-law used it in her son’s nursery, too! Where did you get the map of the garden? I thought maybe I missed it in Marta McDowell’s book but couldn’t find it. I have to share that Marta teaches at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. I have taken several (at least 4) classes with her. She is a fabulous teacher. Her classes are changeling but so much fun and learn so much.
Oh what fun to have taken Marta McDowell’s classes Patricia! I’ve always loved Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit, and thought it would a wonderful baby shower theme or fun nursery! The map is in Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales. :)
Thanks so much. I will order that book and it was the baby shower theme for my Daughter-in-law as well as the decor for the baby’s room. .
How charming! I’d love to eat lunch at that lovely table.
Your posts always make me smile….Great way to start the day!
A Monday morning smile for sure!!! Thank you so much. Have always loved Peter Rabbit & your plates and rabbits are so sweet.
Your potting shed is beautiful Mary! So many cute bunnies which brings a smile to my face. Your viburnum is gorgeous! Happy Monday! Clara❤️
What a wonderful memory down of my childhood. Always a fan of anything furry with long ears and a cottontail. Bunnies in any fashion always make me smile.
Oh so sweet Mary, who can possibly resist these cute bunnies! I love the big one holding the garden tool! I have some children’s Beatrix Potter dishes, I need to bring them out for some table top fun! Adorable plates, and please save me a Carrot Zucchini Muffin!
You have brought a bug smile to my face. Have loved Peter Rabbit since a little girl. Thank you for your delightful posts and ideas.
Very very Beautiful Nancy! I’m very impressed with the entire set-up and will certainly be using your affiliate links for some of these items. Jeri
I love bunnies, any kind, size and shape:):) Your tabletop is wonderful as always and thanks so much for always providing links to shop. Hope you had a beautiful Easter!!!
Your potting shed counter looks adorable! I’ll bet you enjoyed playing in there, Mary. I’m loving those cute Peter Rabbit plates. What a fun theme! I hope the real bunnies don’t do damage in your garden. Happy Monday, Mary. 🐰
Mary, the girls and I love Peter Rabbit and all of Beatrix Potter’s sweet stories. Would you believe I can’t find my PB Peter Rabbit salad plates? I have turned my house and cottage upside down and still can’t find them.
You tabletop gardening is so charming with darling details. Beatrix Potter’s house is on my bucket list. Have a wonderful week!
So darn cute, Mary! I love the bunny gardener holding the fork. You always mix and match fun gardening and dish items with admirable creativity!
Just adorable! Would be cute for Easter as well.
Gorgeous. Love your flowers. They are awesome. Always been a fan of Peter Rabbit. Bought several items when my first born was born 41 years ago. Enjoy your Peter Rabbit decorating.
So darn cute, love every square inch of it all, so many great memories!
Mary, you make me so jealous with not a anything blooming here except some frozen daffodils. So cute and love all your bunnies and the bit of history!
Thank You for sharing your Beatrix Potter display. I received a Beatrix Potter Tea Pot. for Christmas and athree books for Easter.
Loved it all, thank you for the inspiration