Monday, February 7, 2011

English Potted Garden

Greetings One And All!!!
This Week I'm Linking Up To A Very Special Party
It's the English Garden Party over at my Sister Across The Pond's Blog, Sarah Over At Modern Country Style
I think Sarah has been my biggest supporter. She visited my blog one day, and found something she fancied, which led me to hers. Her blog is so inspiring, and full of wonderful crafts, as well as my favorite morning read. So...this is for you Sarah...sending you some warm California Sunshine, and hugs
These pretty potted flowers were a surprisingly great deal at the Dollar Store
Yep...just $1.00 each, and such pretty colors. Perfect for Spring
I added them to a distressed flower trough found at Home Goods, and sat them outside in the warm sunshine on my vintage Bistro Chair
We've had this chair for ages. It's quite heavy. I used to give it a fresh coat of white paint each Summer, but that got tiresome, so I began to simply leave the patina, I happen to like the rust.
We really do not get harsh Winters here in this part of California where I live. But, we get rain, fog, and frost, so it makes for a rather yucky looking Garden this time of year. I thought to spare you those images, and instead, share some prettiness.
I filled my Bird Seed Bowl with some more potted flowers, not to worry, our Bird Bath is full of seed for our Garden Birds. We never let them go hungry. 
One of my "Quick Tips" for when Guests are arriving, is to simply set your potted plants (still in the plastic containers) into your indoor planters before guests arrive, you can always re-plant them later, after the visit. This way, your home is nice and colorful, and it looks as though you have a green thumb. No one is the wiser;)

I will also be linking up to the following parties this week:

Have a Wonderfully Warm Week, One and All, and a special thank you to all of you who've made such lovely comments, as well as those of you who are new followers, it means a lot to me.
By the way, I'll be choosing a winner from the comments soon for another fun Giveaway. Be sure to check out January's winner, in "my giveaways" page. xoxo tami


  1. Oh such loveliness!!! This is simply beautiful Tami! I adore it! So love seeing a bit of spring color in your darling white planter box!! On my way to the $ store! lol! :) Hugs, Courtney

  2. So pretty. I love your idea of moving your potted plants inside when you have guests - always buying cut flowers can become so expensive! I also want to thank you for your support of my blog. I think most of my visitors come via your site!!
    xx Sharon

  3. Oh, to see some green grass......

    Very cool bistro chair---I like your idea of letting it develop a patina.

    And I LOVE that concrete looking thing-y next to your bird seed bowl!!! What is it??

  4. Looks so nice and Spring-y! Bring it on!

  5. E' tutto molto bello e primaverile!!!Saluti,Rosetta

  6. I love the wooden box with the pretty flowers.
    The vingette you created using the garden chair is so sweet.


  7. Very Cute! Flowers....I needed to see this in Winter...snow coming...again...but, Mel's Cabin is warm and cozy.

  8. Thanks for sharing. It's made me feel that Spring can't be too far away. Blessings

  9. That looks so darling! I have a white chair out on my deck that I keep plants on:) Very cute!

  10. Tami, I love seeing the sunshine and green in your post! That's a nice tip for potted plants/guests...I'll use that one for sure! Have a great week!

  11. Those are real plants for a dollar. I need to see if they have those here at our dollar store. Love the shabby box and that wonderful green planter.

  12. Hi lovely,

    You gorgeous girlie. What lovely things you said. You made me blush English-style!!

    That's very sweet of you to call my stalking 'supporting'!!! Ha!

    Your garden's looking lovely. My garden definitely needs a bit more styling this year. I love all your planters and white chair. So pretty.

    Big hug, my lovely friend across the pond,


  13. I LOVE that flower trough!
    (I wish I found cute items like that at Home Goods)


  14. I have missed you so, Tami!!! Lovely flowers...only a $1, please tell me where, being in California myself, I'm sure we have the same store :) I hope your doing with you soon! Xoxoxo

  15. Tami I adore your birdseed bowl and the flower colors are so beautigul.

    Here well it is still frigid!Spring come soon..

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  16. Hi Tami
    Love all the pretty pictures...and that chair, I agree, adds character.
    It's mid summer here in South Africa and I am just loving the garden at the moment. Get such a kick out of nurturing my seedlings each day...looking forward to the flowers.
    Beautiful post

  17. Hello Tami,
    What a breath of (spring) fresh air your blog is! Thanks so much for perking up my winter, AND for your very kind comment on my blog today. I really enjoy following your great blog!
    Take care,

  18. I don't think that our $ store has plants! I am going to have to check that out! This is a darling idea. :)


  19. This is a really awesome post! I would like to invite you to link it up to my link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. I hope you can join in the fun! Mary :O)

  20. These flowers are soooo PRETTY...I have some in my kitchen window:) Thanks for sharing them at NTT!


  21. Oh what darling flowers I will have to pick some of these up! Too cute. Love the Shabby chair too!

  22. Well I should even be talking to you right now Because you have flowers and I'm still up lots of snow...LOL... but I guess I will I'm your newest follower. Love your blog and look forward to being friends. have a great day


  23. So pretty! You must 99 cents only store there too, we have it in Dallas and I always buy those pretty kalanchoes too! Mine are all piled in my entryway right now because of our yucky winter weather. Thanks for cheering me up with those lovely springy photos, and for your nice comment!
    Cheers, Andrea

  24. Spring is as far as the moon around here, but you got me thinking about picking up something at the grocery.

    PS - You don't need a video to join Vintage Video! Half the video I posted is stills.

    C’est un plaisir de venir sur ton blog !


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  25. Hi Tami! Oh how I wish it were warm enough here to start gardening and put out some potted plants! Your window box is so pretty and gives me hope for Spring! :))


    :) T

  26. What beautiful flowers you found at the dollar store. They look so pretty sitting outside like that too. I'm ready to plant, but I know we still might have some cold weather. It's beautiful today though :-)

  27. I'll have to check out the dollar store here to see if we have any of those. Those are gorgeous. Love your bistro chair. Very cute.

  28. Oh how gorgeous. And you've just given me a wonderful idea.

  29. Hi Tami! I love your little potted plants, they are so pretty! I think that that is what I have to do this year around my deck area. I am horrible at keeping things alive though and it gets dry and humid here in the summer and I forget to water, not a good combo! Anyway, your plants in the box on the chair are so pretty and thank you for the bit of Spring! :)

  30. So very pretty...I'm from MN, so nothing but white here...enjoy the sun :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  31. Hi Tami...I found you at White Wednesday. What I wouldn't give for some California's below 0 where I live. Nice to meet you!

  32. I just found your blog and think it is lovely. Thanks for the pretty spring colours and flowers...we really appreciate them at this time of year up here in Canada:o)

  33. Oh so lovely, Tami! You are a clever one with the idea of the quick and temporary "potting" of plants ahead of guest arrivals! No one is the wiser, and you have a great, colorful look fast!

    Best to you,


  34. Ahh, beautiful! Makes me yearn for Spring even more :)

  35. What a delightful vignette, Tami! You totally fooled me with the faux flowers, too! LOL

  36. Hello! I am visiting from Transformation Thursday! You are featuring items from two of my favorite places: the dollar store and Home Goods! Wish my Dollar Store had those bright, pretty flowers. They look so lovely in your green box.

  37. This is quite lovely - you found a great deal on the flowers - they're so cheerful. Love your arrangements!

  38. I love Kalancho plants! They are so springy and bright against your green grass. We are longing for spring here as we are buried under mounds of snow so any colour is a pick-me-up! Blessings, Pamela

  39. Great plants for $1. Wow! They look bright and cheerful in all your various containers.

  40. I love your plants and they look great on that chair. I don't blame you for just letting your chair rust. Easy and pretty just to let it be.

    Nice to meet you.

  41. looks so pretty on top of the chair! i wish it were spring here...all we have is snow and more snow!

  42. Very pretty and springness is that a word...Oh well it is to me ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  43. Hi neighbor at the common ground! I had no idea the dollar store sold plants! Oh they are so fresh and pretty! I use to have a bird feeder out, but here in downtown Orlando we have rats.....Need I say more LOL!


  44. Loved soaking up
    that Cali sunshine!
    Thanks for sharing
    your beautiful flowers.
    I enjoyed our English
    Garden Party, didn't
    xx Suzanne

  45. How beautiful! This makes me long for spring! Just found your lovely blog via My Romantic Home. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  46. Hi Tami! So nice you stopped by!! Looks like spring at your place (definitely NOT spring here)....what a deal for $1 - wow!

    Anne Marie

  47. Oh how beautiful! I am visiting via the Valentine linky.
    I wanted to invite you to the two linky parties I am planning. The first will be on February 23~ High Tea Tablescapes. Details can be found on my Wednesday posts. There will be PRIZES!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  48. How pretty this looks...the chair is so cute. We are lucky here in California to have sun when so many people are in such cold fact I am out to do some gardening right now.(-:

  49. Oh how lovely..make me wish winter away faster than not! I can't wait to smell the flowers once again..You have a lovely garden..I will be back as I'm now following the aroma...
    Yours Sincerely,

  50. Oh such pretty photos..I wish it were spring...I can not wait!! Have a lovely weekend!!

  51. Tami,

    What great photos! I love everything in each one. Your dollar store has flowers? I'm green with envy. Not sure what kind of flowers they are but I like 'em.

    Wishing Spring was around the corner. Temps are to be in the 70's in North Dallas next week! WhoooHooo!

    Love your blog!


  52. Lovely! I'm your newest follower.

  53. Just stopping back by to smile at your cheery spring display again and say thank you for sharing at my party this week! :) Hugs, Courtney

  54. Tami,
    How pretty! I wish it were time for flowers here! Your blog is just lovely!

  55. Hi Tami :)
    So LOVELY :)
    And,,,,NO I did not know that my reflection was in the Silver :) You see the small things in life,,,,,,,,That´s Nice :)
    Hugs from Sweden

  56. That is so funny!!! I put it back up for you. I was playing around because I finally figured out how to put a signature at the end of my posts. I didn't know if I posted a pic, would it move my sig. down or stay where it was. So, when I figured that out I deleted that pic. Sorry! It is a fabulous photo and it was meant to be that you saw it at that exact moment! It was only on there for 2 min.!!! I put it back on, and it's titled "This is for you, Tami"

  57. Hi sweet Tami,

    It looks great! ♥

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments, always ♥


  58. I've just seena post on another blog saying how lovely California is and I thought of YOU!!

    Is it actually very warm all year round? I think it sounds like heaven!!


  59. Aw, how nice to see a touch of spring!! We've still got a couple feet of snow here. Love the trough!! How great that your $ stores has plants.

  60. inspirational while i sit looking out frost painted windows and -30 degree snow days ")
    thx for inspiring ...

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