Monday Morning Blooms: Hydrangeas and Bunnies

Bunnies and hydrangeas vignette in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Happy Monday! It’s the first Monday of the month which means

I’m joining my blogging friends for some

flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.

Monday Morning Blooms 1st and 3rd Monday of every month

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

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information see my disclosure policy.

Bunnies and hydrangeas vignette in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

You may be thinking to yourself. . . “Bunnies?. . .

Easter was three months ago, it’s long past bunny season.”

Bunny eating sweet potato vine | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden

June and July are actually peak season for bunnies in the garden. . .

Bunny eating coneflower | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden

Bunnies are multiplying like. . .well. . .rabbits. They’re living under the Potting Shed

which makes an excellent 10 x 16 hidey-hole and bunny shelter.

Bunny | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden

They seem to be especially fond of sweet potato vine, coneflower, salvia and most

recently, the zinnia seedlings, despite all efforts to keep them away from the flowers.

Bunnies and hydrangeas vignette in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Since I can’t beat ’em, I’m joining ’em with a little tabletop fun in the Potting Shed.

Bunnies and hydrangeas vignette in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming . . .

Potting Shed window boxes and hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

I cut some blooms for some Ball Jar Bouquets, adding some green

 and white hosta leaves and variegated sprigs from the abelia shrubs.

Mason jars of hydrangeas in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas

Cut hydrangeas are notorious for wilting.

Here’s my favorite tip for hydrangeas to keep them from wilting: Alum!

Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with this easy tip | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas

Cut your hydrangeas in the morning with they are fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat,

 removing any leaves which will cause water loss at the expense of the flower.

When arranging them, cut each stem at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake.

Dip 1/2 inch of each cut stem in alum powder, found on the spice aisle at the grocery store.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

Place your dipped hydrangea stems in your vase of room temperature water.

Hydrangeas are heavy drinkers so check your vase water, topping off as needed and

 change your vase water every other day if possible to prolong the life of your flowers.

Gardener Bunnies with basket | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas

A pair of Bunny Gardeners are holding a basket,

ready to harvest some hydrangea blooms. . .

Gardener Bunny with basket of hydrangeas in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Endless Summer Hydrangeas bloom on old wood from last year’s growth

and the new growth of summer, so you can harvest blooms to

 enjoy in vases and still look forward to blooms in your garden.

BloomStruck Hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

Hydrangea blooms can be blue or pink depending on your soil’s pH level,

turning blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil.

To produce bloom blooms, amend your soil with a sulfur based product.

Gardener Bunnies with basket of hydrangeas in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Bunny goblets hopped to the table. . .

Bunnies and hydrangeas in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

And a pair of Spode Blue Room Botanical Plates

hopped in my cart at Tuesday Morning back in February.

Spode Blue Room Botanical plate | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes

Gardener Bunnies with basket of hydrangeas in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Reproduction bunny majolica plates are joining in the fun. . .

Bunny majolica plate and table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Layered on Mikasa English Countryside dinner plates, with an

embossed fruit and lattice design on the borders of the plates.

Mason jars of hydrangeas and bunnies in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas

Gardener Bunnies with basket of hydrangeas in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Details:

Gardener Bunnies with Basket / SPI Home

Bunny Majolica Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Dinner Plates / MIkasa English Countryside

Spode Blue Room Botanical Plates / Tuesday Morning

Blue Floral Plate / Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage

Bunny Goblets / HomeGoods, several years ago

White Wood Chargers / Pier 1

Napkins & Rings / HomeGoods & Pier 1

Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

Bunny | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden

Gardener Bunnies with basket of hydrangeas and table in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

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

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Mason jar of hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas

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Lola and Sophie chose two winners of my Ball Flute Jar Giveaway:

Barbara Z

 and Kyra D

Thanks to all who entered!

Gardener Bunnies with basket of hydrangeas and table in Potting Shed | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Potting Shed window boxes and hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #hydrangeas #garden #flowers

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Happy Fourth from Lola and Sophie 🐾🐾

 

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

Lola and Sophie are stopping by to wish you a Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

Sporting star-spangled headbands from the dollar store. . .

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

And enjoying a few treats. . .

Quick and Easy Frozen Dog Treats for Summer, aka Copycat Frosty Paws Recipe | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #easy #dogtreats #bichonfrise

Quick and Easy Frozen Dog Treats for Summer, aka Copycat Frosty Paws Recipe

Easy dog treats for summer you can make in your blender!

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

These frozen treats are dog gone easy to make and healthy too. Only 2 ingredients and a blender required for these treats and your pup will beg for more! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogtreats #easy #recipes

Star-Spangled Frozen Berry Dog Treats

Healthy and easy frozen dog treats!

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

Stars and Stripes swooper flags lake | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flags #lake #4thofjuly

However you celebrate, remember to give thanks for our military

men and women who protect and serve us.

May never forget that freedome isn't free | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flags #lake #4thofjuly

May we never forget that freedom isn’t free.

Happy Fourth of July from Lola and Sophie | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #dogs #bichonfrise

Happy Independence Day!🐾🐾

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Thank you for your visit!

Buzzing with Flavor: Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

 Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf is buzzing with flavor!

Nordic Ware Honeycomb Loaf Pan | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

I love all things bee so I couldn’t resist this Nordic Ware Honey Bee Loaf Pan

at Williams-Sonoma this spring.

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

It’s still available online, but you could use any 6 cup loaf pan for this recipe.

Nordic Ware Honey Bee Loaf Pan

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Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

If you’ve never used lavender buds in baking, a little goes a long way,

but it lends a wonderful floral note.

Make sure you use culinary dried lavender buds for a lavender flavor that’s not bitter or medicinal.

Tip: Grind your lavender buds in a spice grinder (coffee grinder dedicated to spices) to release

 the essential oils and evenly distribute the lavender flavor in recipes.

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze,

recipe adapted from Nordic Ware

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

 1 tsp baking powder

 1/2 tsp baking soda

 1/4 tsp salt

 2 tsp dried culinary lavender buds

 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

 1/2 cup sugar

 1/4 cup honey

 2 eggs

1 teaspoon lemon zest

 1/2 cup milk

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare Loaf Pan with baking spray containing flour

and use a pastry brush to evenly coat the all the details of the pan.

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

Directions

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lavender in a bowl and set aside.

Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed. Add honey and blend until smooth.

Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition; mix in lemon zest.

Reduce mixer to a medium-low speed and add half of dry mixture and half of milk.

When combined, mix in the remaining flour mixture and milk until fully incorporated.

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

Pour batter into prepared pan, filling only 3/4 full.

Gently tap on a counter top to remove air bubbles.

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.

Shield top of cake during last 10 minutes of baking time with foil to prevent over browning.

 Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

To serve, top with a dusting of powdered sugar, or drizzle with lemon glaze or honey.

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

Lemon glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 – 3  tablespoons lemon juice

Whisk together sugar and lemon juice, adding 1 tablespoon at a time to reach

desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Bee flatware | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Printable Recipe

Details

Michel Designs Works Honey & Clover Kitchen Towel / Amazon

Flatware / Napoleon Bee, Amazon

Bee Skep Cookie Jar and Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several months ago

Embossed Bee Skep Plates / Naturewood by Pfaltzgraff, discontinued

Nordic Ware Honey Bee Loaf Pan / Williams-Sonoma

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

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Bee Kind to pollinators | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #pollinators

Bee kind to Pollinators. *Buzz* over to find out what you can do to help, here.

Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf with Lemon Glaze | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #cake #lemon #lavender

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Have a Ball: Flute Jar Giveaway

Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers and Flute jar giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers

Happy Monday! I’m sharing some Ball jar love with a little giveaway.

Transferware and jars of spring flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #masonjars

Long time readers know that in addition to being a dish-aholic, I’m a jar-aholic.

Stars and Stripes Jars with transferware, red, white and blue and flags | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #masonjars

I love to use jars as vases for flowers  . . .

Stars and Stripes Berry Trifles | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #desserts #nobake #easy

For mason jar desserts : Stars and Stripes Berry Trifles

Tiered server centerpiece to celebrate the Red, White and Blue | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #redwhiteandblue #patriotic #tablescapes #centerpiece

And to celebrate the Red, White and Blue : Patriotic Table on the Porch

Peach Tea Punch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #cocktail #beverage

For summertime sipping : Summer Peach Tea Punch

Watermelon Mojito with Mint Simple Syrup | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #cocktail #beverage

Watermelon Mojito with Mint Simple Syrup

Lakeside Picnic | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #picnic #lake

For picnics : Ball Jar Bouquets and a Lakeside Picnic

Caramel Drop Banana Bread Trifle in jars | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #desserts

Christmas Tree Tailgate Picnic + Caramel Drop-Banana Bread Trifle

Green Ball Jars with flatware and napkins for St. Patrick's Day | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #stpatricksday

To corral flatware and napkins : Eat, Drink and Be Irish

Sparklers, flag and straws in Stars & Stripes Ball Jars | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars #patriotic #july4th #tablescapes

Or hold takeaways of straws, sparklers and American flags: Blooming Watermelon Vase and Patriotic Table

Ball Flute jar giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars

Ball® Flute Jars have a tapered shape and engraved diamond design to inspire drinkware, gifting or crafting.

Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers and Flute jar giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers

I cut some garden flowers for a Ball Jar Bouquet . . .

Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers

Hydrangea, Drift roses, Verbena Lollipop, Chaste tree blooms, Hosta leaves and garden foliage.

Lola and Sophie photobombing Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers

I’ve created a couple of “camera hounds”.  This bench and table is where normally photograph Lola and Sophie.

Lola and Sophie photobombing Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers

Photographing = treats.🐾🐾

Lola and Sophie photobombing Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers

When they see me photographing anything here now,

they think they belong in the photo too.🐾🐾

Lola and Sophie + Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers #dogs

I’m sharing some jar love and giving away two sets of Ball Flute Jars. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me how you would use them. . .

Ball Flute Jars giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars

For crafting, canning, food or flowers?

Ball Flute Jars giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry. Subscribe by email and let me know by comment.

Ball Flute Jars parfait and giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars

For a third entry, Pin a photo from this post to Pinterest and leave an additional comment telling me so. The Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo.

Ball Flute Jars giveaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #masonjars

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. through midnight July 5th.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Lola and Sophie + Ball jar bouquet of garden flowers | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #jars #flowers #dogs

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Bee Kind: National Pollinator Week

Celebrate National Pollinator Week and learn what you can do to help the bees and other pollinators.

Bee and bee balm | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

Happy National Pollinator Week!

In celebration, I’m sharing some ‘bee’ favorites and tabletop fun in the Potting Shed.

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #sunflowers #bees

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.

Bee Table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

From Pollinator.org:

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Many pollinator populations are in decline attributed to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climatic patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations.

Bee table and vignette in Potting Shed for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.

Bee Grateful Stamped Spoon in flower frog | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

That means that we should be grateful for pollinators, as we have them to thank for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat.

Bees and Lamb's Ear | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees. About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.

Bee table and vignette in Potting Shed for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States.

Bees on bee balm | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.

Bee table and vignette for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Gardeners are encouraged to create pollinator-friendly habitats with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes.

Bee on lamb's ear | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

Select old-fashioned varieties of flowers whenever possible, since breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.

Bee Kind Stamped Spoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Bee Kind and Help Our Pollinators | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #nationalpollinatorweek #bees

🐝 Bee Kind to Pollinators:

🐝 Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides. If you must use them, use the most selective and least toxic ones and apply them at night
when most pollinators aren’t active.

🐝 Plant in clusters to create a “target” for pollinators to find.

🐝 Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.

🐝 Select a site that has shelter from wind (by trees and shrubs), has at least partial sun, and can provide water.

🐝 Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.

Bees on salvia | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

I love stalking bees with my camera. . .salvia and bee balm have been buzzing with bees.

Bee table and vignette for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Along with Verbena Lollipop.

Bee on verbena lollipop | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #garden #flowers

Flatware is buzzing with bees for this table. . .

Bee table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

As well as napkin rings.

Bee Table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

 Garden flowers and a sunflower ready to bloom, fill a beehive shaped watering can. . .

Beehive watering can with flowers and table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes #wateringcan #hydrangeas

Along with Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni Canning Jars . . .

Bee table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

That have an adorable embossed (hard to photograph!) bee skep design with fruit and flowers.

Quattro Stagioni Canning Jars with bee skep | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #jars

Bee table and vignette for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

A vintage Bradshaw’s Clover Blossom Honey can is blooming with hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace, verbena, loosestrife and sunflowers.

Vintage honey can with flowers and bee table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Bee table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

 I decided it needed a companion, and found a vintage Beekist Blue Label Honey Tin on eBay to join it in the Potting Shed .

Vintage Beekist Blue Label Honey Tin with flowers for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Bee table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

A Woodman’s Famous Bee-Ware Smoker was a find at a favorite antique mall a couple of years ago. . .

Vintage Woodman’s Famous Bee-Ware Smoker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

  It hangs from rafters in my Potting Shed when it doesn’t hang over the window.

Vintage Woodman’s Famous Bee-Ware Smoker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

I was smitten with the graphics of the bee keeper on the smoker. . .

Beauty is in the eye of the *bee* holder. ;) 🐝

Bee-Youtiful Stamped Spoon in flower frog | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees

Did you know most species of bees don’t sting? Female bees are physically capable of
stinging, but most bee species native to the U.S. are “solitary bees,” that is, not living in
colonies and don’t sting unless they are physically threatened or injured. Only honey
bees are defensive and may chase someone who disturbs their hive.

Vintage honey can with flowers and bee table for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Flowers in vintage honey can for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

Table Details:

Bee Salad Plates / Tim Coffey for Creative Co-Op

Embossed Bee Skep Plates / Naturewood by Pfaltzgraff, discontinued

Bee Stamped Spoons / MilkandHoneyLuxuries, Etsy

 La Rochere Bee Glasses/ World Market

Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware/ Horchow

Ratan Chargers/ World Market, several years ago

Flower Chargers & Napkins / Pier 1

Placemats / Target, several years ago

Bee Table Runner / Sur la Table, several years ago

Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni  Jars / T.J. Maxx

Bee Skeps / retail days

Bee Napkin Rings and Bee Melamine Plates / Amazon

Beehive Watering Can / antique mall

Honey Tin Cans and Bee Smoker / vintage

Beehive shaped watering can with flowers for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #wateringcan #hydrangeas

Just Bee 🐝

Find out more about what you can do to help pollinators, HERE.

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Bee table and vignette in Potting Shed for National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #bees #tablescapes

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How to Make Mosaic Flower Pots

Let your creativity bloom with DIY Mosaic Flower Pots!  Upcycle your broken dishes or thrift store finds with this trash-to-treasure craft and create one-of-a-kind flower pots for your garden or for gifts.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

Happy Thursday! I have a fun craft project and DIY for gardening season:

Mosaic Flower Pots!

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

This is a fun and creative way to transform plain terra cotta pots, turning them into a one-of-a-kind pieces of garden art for your flowers.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

The beauty of this craft project is that you can recycle your broken dishes, use thrift store finds, ceramic tiles, glass marbles or whatever pottery you might find.

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 Mosaic Flower Pots ready to grout | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

A long time ago in a land far away, I made and sold mosaic flower pots. My mom used to work the Atlanta gift market and had access to import pottery and ceramics and was able to bring home broken pieces for me to use for mosaic projects. . . trash to treasure! I mixed the broken ceramic pieces with tiles, flat marbles and unloved, chipped dishes to make mosaic flower pots.

Mosaic Flower Pots ready to grout | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

I’m embarrassed to admit how long I’ve been hoarding this last stash of pots in the garage, waiting to be grouted “one day”.

“One day” = pandemic, a great project motivator while stuck at home!

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

 I made these pots before my blogging days and don’t have any step-by-step photos of the mosaic process, so I took a few photos to demonstrate.

Here’s a list of materials used:

Materials for mosaic assembly

Terra cotta pot(s)

Dishes / tiles / ceramics / flat marbles

Hammer

Tile nipper (optional)

Old towel

Safety glasses

Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive

Caulk gun

Latex gloves

Materials to grout pots

Sanded grout (premixed recommended)

Putty knife

Sponge (2 recommended if grouting several pots)

Bucket of water

Old towel

Newspaper or cardboard for work surface

Rubber gloves

Painter’s tape and plastic bags (optional)

DIY Mosaic Flower Pots Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

Mosaics are a creative way to salvage a favorite broken dish . . .*sniff*. I still keep a box of broken pieces stashed to use “one day”. . . much to my hubby’s dismay and preference for a clutter-free garage.

For the edges of the pots, I used some 1 1/4-inch square ceramic tiles I found in the flooring department of Lowe’s.

Broken dish shards for DIY Mosaic Flower Pots | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

Method:

To break your ceramic pieces or dishes, lay an old towel on a hard surface like a piece of plywood or your garage floor or driveway. Cover your dishes/pottery pieces with the towel and lightly tap them with a hammer. Sturdy stoneware and some ceramic pieces will require a hard blow. . .a great way to vent your frustration. ;) The towel will keep the sharp shards contained and from flying, but it’s still a good idea to wear safety googles to protect your eyes. Check the size of your broken pieces and repeat until you have the assortment of sizes you want. I like a mix of large and small pieces but the same size pieces work fine too.

You can also use a tile nipper to control the break in your pieces or if you want to keep a design or pattern intact.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

I use a caulk gun and Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive to attach the shards to the pots. It’s low odor, sets in about 15 minutes and creates a strong bond that’s waterproof. It cleans up with water while wet, but I wear latex gloves to avoid contact with skin while using it. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for use, applying it outdoors so you have adequate ventilation and wear a mask if needed.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pots Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

A little caulk is sufficient but apply enough caulk so you have good contact between your shards and pot, especially if some of your larger shards are curved. Don’t worry if some of the caulk seeps beyond the edges of your shard, as it will be hidden by the grout as long as it’s not level with your shard. Otherwise use the edge of a putty knife to remove the excess caulk that wouldn’t be covered by the grout. Cover the surface of your pot, fitting your pieces together to your liking like you would a puzzle. Don’t leave more than 1/2 inch space between your shards for the grout to span. Unlike the grouting process, you can stop and start, picking up where you left off and working at your desired pace.

Mosaic Flower Pots ready to grout | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

Once your caulk is cured and your pieces have bonded, (24 – 48 hours), you’re ready to grout. Premixed grout is a big time saver! You’ll need a sanded grout as it’s best for gaps up to 1/2 an inch and resists shrinkage and cracking. Grout comes a wide variety of colors so use whatever color you like. I like gray as it tends to disappear allowing your mosaic pieces to be the focal point rather than the grout color.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

I found my sanded grout on Amazon. It’s available in quart and gallon size buckets. I purchased the gallon size and used 2/3 of the bucket to grout my 7 pots.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

To help create a nice clean edge I used some painter’s tape lining the rim of the pot. I also tucked some plastic bags inside the pots to keep the interior relatively free of grout. This is totally optional but it makes your pots look neater, especially if you’re making flower pots for gifts.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

You can use a putty knife or a rubber grout float to apply grout to the pot, pressing the grout into the gaps and joints. Rather than a float or knife, I find it easier to use my gloved hand, dipping it into the grout bucket and smearing it onto the pot. If you use this method, make sure you’re wearing rubber gloves that will provide some protection from the sharp edges of the shards, rather than thin latex gloves.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

As soon as you have pot covered with grout and worked into the gaps, start removing it with a damp sponge. Use a clean bucket of water, rinsing your sponge out after several passes. Wipe your sponge across the shards, taking care not to remove the grout between your shards. I alternated between a sponge and an old dry towel to clean off the grout and buff the tiles clean. Grouting is a messy process so you’ll want to do this outdoors and cover your work surface with newspaper or cardboard for easy clean up. The end result is rewarding, especially for a trash to treasure project!

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

 Once you start grouting a pot, you don’t want to stop as any grout left to dry on the shards is almost impossible to remove later. Each pot took approximately 30 minutes to grout and to wipe clean. After 30 minutes of drying time, go back and buff away any grout haze from your tile/shards. Allow your pots to cure in the shade and out of the hot summer sun for 48 hours before planting them.

Always follow the grout manufacturer’s safety guidelines and wear a mask if needed.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

As with any terra cotta pot planted outdoors, you want to empty it and store it away, safe from freezing winter temperatures to prevent it from cracking.

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

I’m joining my blogging friends for a Creative Craft Blog Hop today. A special “thank you” to our hosts, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea of Design Morsels for organizing this hop!

You’ll find 16 more craft projects at the links below:

Celebrate And Decorate | Design Morsels  My Thrift Store Addiction 

Home Is Where The Boat Is | Purple Hues And Me | Sustain My Craft Habit 

Chas’ Crazy Creations | Bluesky At Home Raggedy Bits |

Decorate & More with Tip | B4s and Afters The Painted Apron 

 Birdz of a Feather Debbees Buzz 

My Hubbard Home Zucchini Sisters  White Arrows Home

DIY Mosaic Flower Pot Tutorial | ©homieswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #DIY #mosaic

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DIY Whimsical Patriotic Centerpiece + Tablescape for Independence Day

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue with a DIY whimsical centerpiece for your table. You’ll find additional patriotic table inspiration from 21 table stylists for your Fourth of July celebration.

Red truck flower centerpiece and tablescape for the 4th of July | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescapes #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly #redwhiteandblue

The countdown to Independence Day is underway and I’m sharing a whimsical patriotic arrangement and table as part of a Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop! A special “thank you” to our hosts, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorateand Andrea of Design Morsels for organizing this hop!

Red truck flower centerpiece and tablescape for the 4th of July | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescapes #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly #redwhiteandblue

You’ll find tablesetting inspiration from 21 table stylists for your Fourth of July celebration at the bottom of this post.

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 Vintage Christmas Truck Centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

 I gave my Christmas Vintage Truck Centerpiece  a patriotic makeover to celebrate the red, white and blue! The spent greenery, berry picks and pine cones are long gone and I removed the “Noel Farms – Christmas Trees” magnets on each of the truck doors.

DIY flower arrangement with a red truck | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescapes #centerpiece

 A plastic liner in the bottom of the truck bed was refilled with fresh wet floral foam.

DIY flower arrangement with a red truck | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescapes #centerpiece

You can find wet floral foam on the floral aisle of the craft store or online at Amazon. It’s easy to cut with a kitchen knife and trim to the size you need. Soak the wet floral foam in water (or water mixed with floral preservative for longevity). When your foam is saturated, (about 3 minutes or less), place in your truck bed or container. You can use waterproof floral tape to secure the wet foam to your container if needed.

Red truck flower centerpiece and tablescape for the 4th of July | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescape #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly

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.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #hydrangeas

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming so I cut some for the centerpiece to join some red and white alstroemeria from the grocery store.

DIY patriotic flower centerpiece with a red truck | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescape #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly

The inspiration for a patriotic truck centerpiece came this Patriotic Vintage Truck Wired Edge Ribbon.

Ribbon for DIY patriotic flower centerpiece with a red truck | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescape #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly

I cut (3) 24-inch lengths, making a loop in each ribbon, then used a wired wood floral pick to secure the loop and to tuck the ribbon picks into the arrangement. Wired wood floral picks come in various lengths from 3 to 6 inches and are available at the craft store or online.

 DIY patriotic flower centerpiece with a red truck | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescape #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly

After adding the ribbon picks, I added a small American flag to proudly wave in the back of the truck.

 DIY patriotic flower centerpiece with a red truck and flag | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescape #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly

This whimsical centerpiece comes together in less than 30 minutes and is ready for the Fourth of July parade down the middle of your table!

Patriotic tablescape for the 4th of July | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #tablescape #centerpiece #flag #4thofjuly

A stars and stripes runner is layered over red, white, blue checks as a foundation for the table.

Ball Stars & Stripes Keepsake Jars hold a flag, sparklers and straws at each place setting and are ready for patriotic sipping.

Help yourself to some thirst quenching beverages for your Star-Spangled celebration. . .

Land of the Free Lemonade | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #4thofjuly #patriotic #recipes #watermelon

Land of the Free Lemonade

or

Red, White and Blue Sangria, as easy to mix as it is to drink! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #4thofjuly #cocktail #redwhiteandblue

Red, White and Blue Sangria,

and another DIY Patriotic Flower Arrangement using an American Flag.

Galvanized American flag plates, enamel napkin rings and Americana flatware add some additional star-spangled details to the table.

Table Details:

Galvanized American Flag Salad Plates and Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn

Galvanized Chargers / Pier1

Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago

Runner and Napkins / Kohl’s, several years ago

Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Americana

Ball Stars & Stripes Keepsake Jars / Amazon

Click on the links below for more patriotic table inspiration:

Celebrate & Decorate | Design  Morsels | Simple Nature Decor Blog White Arrows HomeCalypso In The Country | Panoply | Decorate and More With Tip  |  The Little Yellow Corner Store Corner of Plaid and PaisleyHome is Where the Boat Is My Thrift Store Addiction | Everyday Living  | Our Crafty Mom | Life and Linda | Living With Thanksgiving | The Painted Apron Belle Bleu InteriorsZucchini Sisters Create With Cynthia | My Family Thyme | Follow the Yellow Brick Home 

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Land of the Free Because of the Brave.

 Land of the Free Because of the Brave | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #july4th

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Weekend Waterview: Boating with Dogs, Osprey and Herons

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

Happy Summer! Lola and Sophie are stopping by to share a little weekend waterview from Lake Norman.

Weekend Waterview Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

It’s been another wet week with 3 1/2 inches of rain so we were dog gone happy to see the sun appear and enjoy a pontoon ride on Saturday.

 Osprey nest on platform | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

It’s nesting season on the lake and we enjoy checking out the Osprey nests by boat on the water.

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #bichonfrise ##pontoon

Osprey return to their same nest each year around the beginning of March here after wintering in Central and South America.

 Osprey nest on channel marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

They can log more than 160,000 migration miles during their 15-to-20-year lifetime.

 Osprey nest on channel marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

They build their nests on man made structures . . .

 Osprey nest on channel marker | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

Channel markers. . .

 Osprey nest on duckblind | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

Duck blinds. . .

 Osprey nest on duckblind | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

Power poles, nest platforms designed especially for nesting, dock roofs. . .

 Osprey nest on dock gazebo | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

And occasionally a boat.

 Osprey nest on boat | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

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Most creative use of tomato cages and pool noodles to keep Osprey from nesting on your boat! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

The following year we saw the boat owner found a unique way to prevent the Osprey from rebuilding a nest. They win the award for  ‘Most Creative Use of Tomato Cages and Pool Noodles’!

Osprey Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

Once on the endangered list, the osprey population is slowly making a comeback after the ban of the insecticide DDT in 1971. In the US, Osprey are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and moving an osprey nest violates federal and state laws, although state laws vary.

Osprey nest on channel marker and boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

We spied some herons nesting in the treetops on an island. . .

Herons nesting in trees Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

The look so funny perched together on the limbs, standing at attention. . .

Herons nesting in trees Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

And a little Dr. Suess-esque and uncoordinated when taking off or coming in for a landing . ;)

Herons nesting in trees Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

We always enjoy seeing new sights when we boat. . .

Fountain on lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake

We spied this floating fountain on the lake. It must have quite a pump to shoot so high up in the air.

The Palmtoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #pontoon

And we enjoy reading boat names, this one with potted palms on the top deck, christened ‘The Palmtoon’.

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

Sophie says the sunshine makes her sleepy. . .

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

She’s dreaming about chasing bunnies which is one of her favorite new activities. . . there are an abundance of bunnies for her to chase.

Sophie napping on boat | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #pontoon #bichonfrise

Lola says she loves her daddy. . .

Boating with dogs | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #pontoon #bichonfrise

And she wishes all the dads out there Happy Father’s Day.

Flag on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #pontoon

Happy National Flag Week, Summer and Father’s Day! ♥

Weekend Waterview Boating with dogs, osprey and herons | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #lake #bichonfrise #pontoon

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A Scent-sational Duo: Magnolia and Gardenia

Southern Magnolia bloom | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

Happy Friday! I’m sharing some fragrant garden blooms, magnolia and gardenia!

Gardenias | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

 I’m always aware when the gardenias are in bloom before I even see them, by the wonderful fragrance permeating the air. . .

Gardenia | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Gardenias are native to southern China and Japan and were introduced to the western world in the 18th century, arriving in Charleston, South Carolina. As its flowers were scented like jasmine, it was known as “Cape Jasmine.”

Gardenia | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

They were later christened “gardenia” in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden, an 18th-century botanist and physician from Charleston.

Gardenias | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Gardenias thrive in warm, humid weather in moist, well-drained soil. Most gardenias are hardy in USDA zones 8-11, with a few varieties hardy in zone 7. We’re in zone 7b here in North Carolina. I discovered by accident when I was feeding the azaleas several years ago that they benefit from acid-based fertilizer.

Gardenias | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Gardenias can handle full sun as long as they have protection from afternoon sun in higher growing zones. Our gardenias receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Deadheading your gardenia bush by removing fading flowers will encourage more blooms.

Southern Magnolia tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

We have a Southern Magnolia tree, Magnolia grandiflora, in our yard. Southern Magnolia is known for its thick thick, glossy leaves and big, fragrant white blooms. Southern Magnolia typically grows to 60-80’ tall and spans 20-40′ wide so it needs plenty of space to grow. Southern Magnolia is native to the southeastern United States, spanning from southeastern North Carolina to central Florida, and west to East Texas.

Southern Magnolia bloom | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

Our magnolia was already part of the landscape when we bought our house 20 years ago so it’s probably 35 years old and is approximately 30 feet tall. My hubby always removes some of the lower branches in the summer to help maintain the lawn, but ideally magnolia should be planted in a natural or mulched area as it sheds some of its large leaves every. single. day. The foliage is wonderful to have to decorate for the holidays and sprucing up the window boxes at Christmas but the leathery leaves are hard to deal with due to their size and as they don’t break down or compost easily.

Southern Magnolia bud | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

Our magnolia tree typically blooms from mid May to the end of June. Once fully open, the individual blooms last about a day or two at the most, but their size and fragrance will take your breath away!

Southern Magnolia bloom | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

Normally the blooms are too high on the tree and beyond the zoom of my camera lens so I took advantage of my hubby’s branch trimming to photograph them and arrange some greenery and blooms. . .

Magnolia and gardenia flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

A fragrant combination of white blooms and glossy green foliage. . .

Southern Magnolia tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

I placed a ball of chicken wire in an urn for an organic and easy arrangement, allowing the branches and blooms to ‘do their thing’. Admittedly impractical as far as longevity for a flower arrangement, but a wonderful way to enjoy the pruned buds, blooms and foliage, albeit briefly.

Magnolia and gardenia flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

I couldn’t resist mixing in some gardenia blooms with the magnolia. . .

Magnolia and gardenia flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

A fragrant pairing and scent-sational arrangement!

Magnolia and gardenia flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Southern Magnolia | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

Gardenias | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

“Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The blossoms are just as enticing. Buds shaped like seashells unfurl into velvet soft flowers in the warmth and humidity of early evening. But it’s the fragrance that captivates.”

~Southern Living

Magnolia and gardenia flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

The summer solstice officially arrives this Saturday, marking the first day of summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We’re on a warming trend with temperatures climbing back to the 90s after a very wet week and colder than normal temperatures.

Magnolia and gardenia flower arrangement | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers

Happy Summer. ♥

Southern Magnolia bloom | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #garden #flowers #magnolia

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Celebrating the Red, White and Blue!

Stars and Stripes for Flag Day | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lake #flag #redwhiteandblue

I’m sharing some love of the Red, White and Blue in celebration of National Flag Week and with Independence Day less than three weeks away.

 Old Glory’s official history dates back to June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution establishing America’s banner.

Basket on dock filled with flags, Queen Anne's Lace, hydrangeas, carnations and sunflowers! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #july4th #flagday #LakeNorman

The U.S. flag has gone through an evolution of 26 changes before it became the iconic symbol that it is today, proudly flying with 13 stripes and 50 stars, to represent the original 13 colonies and all 50 states.

Barn with American Flag | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag

The official colors of the American flag as defined by the Color Association of the U.S. are “white,” “Old Glory Red,” and “Old Glory Blue.” The red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.

Window box planter with flags, Blowing Rock, NC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #mountains

The blue field of stars should always be in the highest position of honor. When viewing the flag on a wall, the highest position of honor is the upper left when displayed horizontally, and at the top upper left when displayed vertically.

Mountain house with American Flag and A Red, White, and Blue Ridge Getaway | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag

Have you ever wondered why the U.S. flag appears reversed on military uniforms?

On U.S. Army uniforms since 2005, regulations state that the star field of the flag patch on the shoulder is to be placed in the forward position, which gives it the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward, symbolizing moving into battle, rather than retreating. This makes the flag reversed when worn on the soldier’s right shoulder.

Air Force One over Mt. Rushmore

This also applies to aircraft, so the U.S. flag appears reversed on the right side panels of aircraft and space shuttles, with the stars on the upper right hand side, instead of the left.

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue: Stars and Stripes Ball Jars Bouquets, Transferware and American Flags | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #Balljars #flag

I’m waving the flag from the archives for National Flag Week!

Click on the links in red for the complete post, details or sources.

Patriotic Porch | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #july4th #flag

Flags on the Porch

Patriotic Tablescape | homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #july4th #tablescapes

Long May She Wave Patriotic Table

Potting Shed decorated for Independence Day and to celebrate the Red, White and Blue | homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #flag #4thofjuly #pottingshed

Potting Shed: Celebrating the Red, White and Blue

Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Flag | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #4thofjuly #memorialday #appetizer #patriotic #healthy #flag

Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Flag 

Patriotic Flower Arrangement with an American Flag | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #flowers #4thofJuly

DIY Patriotic Flower Arrangement with an American Flag 

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue: Stars and Stripes Ball Jars Bouquets, Transferware and American Flags | © homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #Balljars #flag

Stars and Stripes Ball Jars Bouquets, Transferware and American Flags

4th of July table by lake with Red, White and Liberty Blue | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablesetting #4thofjuly #patriotic #lake #alfresco

A Patriotic Table with Red, White and Liberty Blue

Chalking it Up to Celebrate the Red, White and Bloom! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #pottingshed #chalkboard #redwhiteandblue #flowers #flag

Chalking it Up to Celebrate the Red, White and Bloom

 Celebrating the Red, White and Bloom | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablesetting #patriotic #sheshed

 Celebrating the Red, White and Bloom in the Potting Shed

Patriotic Tree on the Porch for Independence Day | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #patriotic #redwhiteandblue #4thofjuly

Patriotic Tree on the Porch for Independence Day

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25+ July 4th Party and Patriotic Treats for your Star-Spangled Celebration! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #recipes #dessert #appetizer #cocktail #4thofJuly #patriotic #party

Find 25+ Patriotic and Party Treats for your Star-Spangled Celebration, HERE.

May we never forget that freedom isn’t free | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flag #july4th #memorialday

May we never forget that freedom isn’t free.

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