Adding a Blooming Welcome with Garden Flowers to the Potting Shed Door

Adding a Blooming Welcome and Garden Flowers to the Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Happy August!

It’s the first Monday of the month which means I’m joining

my blogging friends for some Monday Morning Blooms.

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

Limelight hydrangeas and cleome in bloom | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Our common theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms

was creating a flower arrangement for a door.

Adding a Blooming Welcome and Garden Flowers to the Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

I picked some garden blooms for a cheery welcome

to place on the door of the Potting Shed.

Basket of Limelight Hydrangeas on Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

 Limelight Hydrangeas, along with some Abelia foliage,

fill a wicker basket to hang on the door.

Touch up basket with acrylic craft paint | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

This basket is one I’ve had for 20 years from my retail days.

It had gotten a little bleached from the sun over the years,

so I gave it a refresh with some brown craft paint, thinning it with water.

Basket of Limelight Hydrangeas on Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

After the paint dried, I sprayed with it with an acrylic matte sealer

to give the finish some protection.

Limelight hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Limelight hydrangeas are a panicle hydrangea that are fast-growing and low maintenance!

They bloom mid-summer in our zone 7b garden,

when everything else is beginning to look tired and spent . . .

. . . like I do by August after lugging my hose around in 90+ degree temps. ;)

Limelight hydrangeas | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

For more information on growing Limelight Hydrangeas,

see my Public Service Announcement:

Plant a Limelight Hydrangea…or Five.

Basket of Limelight Hydrangeas on Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

To provide a liner to hold water for the flowers in the basket,

I used a Prime Solution and envelope trick  . . .

Amazon Prime envelope upcycle and paint for flower basket liner | © #flowers #garden #shed #upcyle

The white envelope was visible through the weave of the basket,

so I gave it a couple of coats of brown spray paint

to blend with the texture of the basket and disappear.

Painted Amazon Prime envelope upcycle for flower basket liner | © #flowers #garden #shed #upcyle

Note:  Always test your envelope first, I tested a couple that weren’t watertight.

You can double them up or add a dab of hot glue to the corners of the envelopes

which was where the leaks occurred. 

Adding a Blooming Welcome and Garden Flowers to the Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for any length of time then you know

I love all things *bee* including seeing them buzz and bumble

around the garden!

Bee on zinnia | © #flowers #garden #shed #zinnia #bee

I found this Floral Bee Embossed Post Box from Antique Farmhouse.

It’s no longer available but there’s one similar available from Amazon, HERE.

Floral Bee Embossed Post Box on Potting Shed door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Metal import items are rarely watertight, but hope springs eternal

and I tested it with my fingers crossed. :)

When I saw it was leaking, I added another plastic envelope to the box.

Prime envelope upcycle as waterproof liner for flowers in metal box | © #flowers #garden #shed

I filled the box with some garden flowers. . .

Zinnias and verbena | © #flowers #garden #shed #zinnia

Endless Summer Hydrangeas that have faded from their vibrant blues to softer greens.

They’re joining some zinnias, lantana and abelia foliage.

Floral Bee Embossed Post Box filled with garden flowers on Potting Shed door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Bees are buzzing around the cleome. . .

Bumble bee buzzing by cleome | © #flowers #garden #shed #bee

Bumble bee buzzing on cleome | © #flowers #garden #shed #bee

And Mrs. Powers and the zinnias. . .

Mrs. Powers Tuteur and zinnias | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Did you know there are more than 4,000 native bee species in the U.S.

with over 500 species here in North Carolina?

Bumble bee on zinnia | © #flowers #garden #shed #bee

They vary in size, shape, color and carry pollen in various places on their body

and even have different seasons of activity.

Bumble bee on zinnia | © #flowers #garden #shed #bee

You can see the pollen basket on the female bumble bee in the above photo,

exclusive to female / worker bees.

Workers and queens have two pollen baskets,

one each on the outside surface of their hind legs.

The pollen basket when empty it is a large, flat shiny area with spiky hairs around the edge,

but appears yellow, orange or red, when filled with pollen.

Mrs. Powers Tuteur and zinnias | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Fun fact: Bumblebees visit more flowers per minute than other pollinators.

Floral Bee Embossed Post Box filled with garden flowers on Potting Shed door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Limelight hydrangeas and cleome by Potting Shed | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Bee on cleome | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas #bee

*Buzz* over and visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

 Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

Bee on cleome | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas #bee

Garden Flowers and a Blooming Welcome for the Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you purchase anything through an affiliate link, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Garden Flowers and a Blooming Welcome for the Potting Shed Door | © #flowers #garden #shed #hydrangeas

Thank you for your visit, Sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  47 comments for “Adding a Blooming Welcome with Garden Flowers to the Potting Shed Door

  1. Cindi
    August 1, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Good Morning! The flowers are beautiful and so inspiring. I so look forward to your posts as they always bring a smile to my face and warm my heart. Mother Nature at her best! I am eyeing the bee post box…hubby worked for the Post office for 25 years after retiring from the Navy so it would be perfect in my garden or on my porch. I made your hot pepper jelly yesterday and loved it. Peace.

    • August 1, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Cindi! So glad you enjoyed the hot pepper jelly recipe too. ♥

      • Donna Stowe
        September 18, 2022 at 4:17 pm

        I love you garden shed SO much, I’m currently having a 6’x8’ built! It’s an exciting project. Mine will be rough sawn plywood siding w the vinyl cedar shakes in the gable. I found some interesting old window sashes that will open out w awning hardware. I can’t wIt to share the finished project w you! Thanks for the inspiration! Do you have info on paint colors – especially the green trim?

      • September 18, 2022 at 7:05 pm

        How exciting Donna! You can find the paint colors in this post:

  2. August 1, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Good morning, Mary. I know it is hot outside, but your potting shed porch and door arrangements look fresh. I love that you used two arrangements on your door. I searched online for a basket like yours and never saw one. Your refresh is perfect! Your limelights are lovely against the texture of the basket. The envelope hack is genius, I must tuck that away in my memory. The post box is perfect for your door with the embossed flowers and bee. I am glad the bunnies stayed away from your zinnias this year.

    It is always a treat to join you for flower therapy, especially around the potting shed. Wishing you cooler days!

    • August 1, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks so much Pam! I planted zinnia seeds in a tall planter, it was the only way to them safe from the bunnies! 🐇 So happy to share blooms with you today. Happy August! 🌸🐝

  3. franki Parde
    August 1, 2022 at 7:45 am

    Looks inviting…knock, knock…franki

  4. KathyP
    August 1, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Mary, I agree with Pam! So fresh and lush looking for this summer heat! Love the sweet floral bee post box you used for your garden flowers! Your limelights are just stunning too. Happy August! 🐝🌸🌻🌞🏡

    • August 1, 2022 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks so much Kathy, Happy August! ♥

  5. August 1, 2022 at 8:14 am

    What a beautiful Welcome to your Potting Shed. I so enjoy your tutorials on how to make it all come together! That floral Bee Post Box… is adorable!
    I’m off to pick some Hydrangeas now… thanks for the inspiration!
    Happy August!

    • August 1, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment and visit Nancy, Happy August! ♥

  6. Bonnie Morgan
    August 1, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Delightful Mary! Your limelights are spectacular! So big and pretty. Refreshing your old basket with craft paint was a great idea for your door arrangement. And your prime envelope as a liner was ingenious.
    I love your mailbox arrangement also. Darling find for you as you love anything pertaining to bees.
    Your summer garden is always a treat to see. Where did the summer go?!!
    Have a great week,.

    • August 1, 2022 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you Bonnie! The limelights are nodding their heads after all our rain over the weekend. :) Happy August to you! ♥

  7. August 1, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Your refreshed basket filled with hydrangeas looks so welcoming, Mary, and your flower-filled mailbox is an added bonus of beauty! I also love your caladiums in your window box. I’m going to remember to use those in front box for next year. Have a happy week! 💐

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you Kitty! My dad always planted caladiums and dug them up every fall to over winter. Hope you find a way to stay cool. ♥

  8. Judi
    August 1, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Love the use of fresh flowers in your basket. I am going to try your envelope idea! Thanks for the tips!

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you Judi! ♥

  9. August 1, 2022 at 9:17 am

    So cheerful and welcoming your door baskets are Mary, and abundant with blooms, just like your garden! So smart to recycle Amazon envelopes to use as liners, and the bee post box is just adorable! Thank you for always sharing so many clever and valuable tips :)

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks so much Jenna, Happy August! ♥

  10. LoisAnn
    August 1, 2022 at 9:18 am

    A decade ago I started following several blogs. Yours is the only one I continue to look forward to and follow. I could sit and look at your potting shed for hours. The beautiful caladiums jumped out at me also. A must have for me every year. Thank you for the joy you spread!

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

      Aww, thank you LoisAnn for your visits over the years and comment! Happy August to you! ♥

  11. August 1, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Your limelight hydrangea blooms are just gorgeous in your basket on the door of the Potting Shed. They have such a clean and fresh look. The bee hanging basket is cute too. Nice arrangement in it, don’t think I have seen this basket for sale anywhere. Beautiful flower filled post.

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you so much Judy, Happy August! 🌸

  12. Clara
    August 1, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Mary, The Potting Shed is so pretty and inviting! Your flowers are all thriving. The door flower basket and bee post box are adorable! Your limelights are so big! Your zinnias are pretty too. Your MMB idea is a hit as always! Happy Monday! Clara ❤️

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments and visit Clara! Hope you’re still enjoying a few days of cooler weather. ♥

  13. Donna Milazzo
    August 1, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Your posts are always so fun to read! The Amazon pouch floral holder is genius!!! I am also very fond of bees and have the mailbox more similar to the one from Amazon. I have several of these old fashioned mailboxes from various shopping expeditions. I am more discriminating in purchasing them now as after I had about three or four, I noticed that although the colors were different, the design was exactly the same on all of them, haha!

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment and visits Donna! Happy August ♥

  14. Rita C.
    August 1, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Those limelights are just outstanding! Everywhere I see them (including our previous home landscape, where the one I planted is HUGE), I keep thinking I need to plant one or two more. I’m pretty sure I’ll be replacing my oak leaf hydrangeas (I discovered cane bore over the weekend, yikes!). Your new Post container is a really pretty and colorful arrangement too. Your ideas with the Prime envelopes and a little paint are just great. I always pick up great ideas from you. That female bumble bee’s saddle bags aren’t too far off from looking like me and my sisters, only ours aren’t pollen, but from our love of breads. 🤣🤣 Happy Monday and Happy August!

    • August 2, 2022 at 5:47 am

      Oh dear Rita, I hadn’t heard of cane borers on hydrangeas…yikes! You make me laugh with your ‘saddle bags’…ha! Thank you for your visit, Happy August! ♥

  15. August 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Le sigh! Oh, those limelights….I have limelight envy, for sure. They are difficult to grow here, but I do have an “annabelle” hydrangea which is nothing like it but I’m pretending. Your tip about the prime solution is WONDERFUL! And as a fellow lover of all things bee, I of course adore the post box. So charming. Your potting shed looks beautiful in every season, but especially now. Thank you for the great post, and inspiration Mary. It is always such a joy to have our special Monday Morning Blooms together. xo Lidy

    • August 2, 2022 at 5:48 am

      Thank you so much Lidy! It’s always a treat to share blooms with you on these Mondays. :) Happy August. ♥

  16. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    August 1, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    I really need a potting shed too decorate!!….Every time I see yours decorated, I feel that “sigh” of oh how beauful and fun coming on.
    Your flower gardens are always amazing and a haven for those bumble bees!🐝 And speaking of bees, love the “post box” How perfect is it for your potting shed door!….Speaking of 🐝 …. I had to relocate my huge containers of lantana on the porch as it attracted so many bees and hard to maneuver around them 😊…I am so enjoying today’s theme…Seems like the few flowers that the deer are not bothering are the limelights…but hopefully not speaking too soon! Miss you all! 🌸

    • August 2, 2022 at 5:49 am

      We miss you too Shirley! I know your landscaping must be coming in beautifully. Happy August ♥

  17. August 1, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Mary, you shed door looks beautiful. I never would have thought to refresh the basket with paint. I would have done stain but this turned out perfect! My limelights took a beating yesterday: we had HOURS of rain, a nice soft rain but it made the flowers so heavy they are drooping badly today. Your gardens always look gorgeous. Happy August.

    • August 2, 2022 at 5:51 am

      Hi Pinky, We had 2 1/2 inches of rain over the weekend and the limelights are droopy from being saturated and heavy. Hopefully they’ll rebound as they dry out. Thank you for your visit! Happy August. ♥

  18. Mary Pawluk
    August 1, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    What is the source of the statue? Thanks!

    • August 1, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      It’s Mrs. Powers Tuteur from MacKenzie-Childs. 🌸

      • Mary Pawluk
        August 3, 2022 at 11:20 am

        Thank you!

  19. LauraLee West
    August 1, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Your Summer Blooms are the Bee’s Knees! 😉sending fair winds from SPI, TX.

  20. patricia
    August 1, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Love the Tip about repurposing a Prime Envelope! Definitely trying this one!

  21. Ellen
    August 1, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Your flowers are still beautiful!! It’s been so hot here that mine look like spent!! I water and fertilize but still don’t look good this year…except the Lantana….and, a storm knocked over two of my tomato plants last night!! Oh well, maybe a better year next year!!

  22. Liz
    August 1, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Love your floral arrangements! Your Limelights are so pretty. Mine is just starting to form the flower heads.

  23. Betsy
    August 1, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I have the same wicker basket and have previously used it with only faux flowers to keep any drip off my front entry way. I’m definitely trying the pouch liner with fresh flowers; what a terrific idea! Your blooms are looking lovely and fresh, especially considering how humid it is in your area. Lovely!

  24. August 2, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Great job rejuvenating that wicker basket! And thanks for sharing the clever idea for adding a water-proof liner. The arrangement on your potting shed door turned out so beautiful.

  25. August 2, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Mary, a basket filled with flowers is perfect for a summer door. You have me searching for a basket I once used for just that purpose. I think I may have given it away. Your hydrangeas are stunning. I’m going to add some to my garden and see if I can be successful growing these beauties. My only successful experience is growing oak leaf hydrangea. Happy August!

  26. August 5, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    So gorgeous, love your bee box, the perfect addition! Your limelight is always a dazzler, I need to find the perfect spot for one, my hydrangeas are crispy and gone, our hot dry summers just aren’t made for so many gorgeous plants. Always a treat to visit 😁

Leave a Reply

Discover more from Home is Where the Boat Is

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue Reading

%d bloggers like this: