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February 24, 2008



I LOVE your red Gerber daisies!!! How appropriate! I can not wait until the weather is good for a garden here. I think I will actually try vegetables this year so I can make yummy salads. And I'm thinking about Gerber daisies now too..thanks for the inspiration!


That is just the cutest!So Springy!


Looks great......very whimsical. Can't wait to start gardening here in will be a little while :-) Rosie


The bathtub flower gardens are adorable! I've been looking for the galvanized steel troughs to use as a raised vegetable garden. Now, if I see a bathtub before I find the steel troughs I know that will work, too!
Thanks for sharing! It's really charming!


that just made me SMILE. Love that look. 1 did you deal with drainage?

Daisy Cottage

Thank you!!!

Traci - there is a hole at the bottom of the tub so we lined the bottom with rocks and the tub is perched on a few bricks to help with the drainage... hope we did this right! ;-)


Oh, it's all adorable!! But mostly I'm just jealous because I'm sitting by the fire on a gray, dreary, cold day and have major spring fever!!


Too cute! I love that idea.

Kathleen Grace

How lucky that you live in an area where you can plant flowers so soon! Plant some for me too, ok?


that is pretty awesome.


Now how cute is that!!!

Alison Gibbs

Oh Kim that looks fabulous.
What great husbands.


Very nice! How can I train my husband to bring home such great items? ;-)

Brenda Kula

Oh, I want one! How lucky to have been the beneficiary of these beauties. Love your flowers too. Very colorful and food for the senses.

Debbie L.

Kim, thats a clever idea! Your new planter filled with red gerber daisies and yellow marigolds is pretty as can be:)

What sweet DH's you girls have to bring the garden tubs home for you!

Enjoy your new find:)
Debbie L.

LeAnn Huntington

I love your garden tub, I want to plant flowers but it's a little chilly here in Ohio for that. I love your website and the music. I had my husband listen to it tonight. Stop by and visit sometime.

LeAnn :)

LeAnn Huntington

I love your garden tub, I want to plant flowers but it's a little chilly here in Ohio for that. I love your website and the music. I had my husband listen to it tonight. Stop by and visit sometime.

LeAnn :)

Katie B.

I love the tub filled with flowers, I wish it was warm enough to start planting around here. Katie


Love the tub planter, when I was growing up we lived a big house in Sherman Oaks Calif. and the upstairs bath had a wonderful Claw tub bath and it was painted Purple! Yes easter egg purple. We loved that tub! Enjoy your garden Tub, it looks wonderful.


Just had to say that visiting with you on your blog has really been a good thing...
You don't know the pleasure of looking over your daily notes, enjoying the pictures and the recipes are to die granddaughter is a big fan of your peanut butter kiss cookies...I'm the absolutely best cookie cooker according to her...thanks for lifting me up...the tub may it bring the prettiest blooms for Daisy Cottage...


Love the tub! I want one for a fish pond! Rosemary


Oh the hope of spring! Thanks!


Your tub garden is just beautiful! Love the red Gerber daisies with the little yellow flowers too! So pretty! I have a tub garden too! However, mine is looking pretty dead right now! Spring is coming though and hopefull we will have some spring rain here in Georgia.


Good morning,

great! Your basin looks so great, I love these old things, planted with flowers.


Devilish Southern Belle


Mary Issabella

Love it...I want Spring,But want a real big snow first....Mary

Miss Jean

Wow! My folks had an old tub on their property years ago. If only..........


oh my!


What a fab idea, the old bath tub looks wonderful with the flowers in it.
Cheers Linda


My Grandparents had a claw foot tub like that when I was a young child. I love taking baths in it.They remodeld and got a modern tub and then they had it in their flower garden until it just got to old. Thanks for bringing back pleasant memories of my childhood.

Rachel Going

I love your garden tub idea. Can't wait to see a picture with the candles lit. xoRachel


That's cute! I love that you have color! Everything here is still very wintery and we're desperate for colorful flowers.


those daisies look so cute in there. Your husband is a sweetie pie..can he bring me one too? My mother had a old clawfoot tub in her yard too..she always meant to plant flowers in it, but I do remember it made a nice watering hold for a duck we had named Stewy. Then I acquired the tub when I moved back to their house as an adult but had to leave it behind...soo I always keep my eye out for one...that I can keep. I love the flowers you chose..perfect for Daisy cottage and I think that candle stick is perfect for a garden party.....

Teresa ~ French Poppy

Seeing flowers planted in a tub just makes me smile, I can't wait until spring time rolls around here, the snow is slowly melting.


the feathered nest

Love it! I've been looking for a tub to use in my garden, but so far no luck (at least not at a price I want to pay).



Cute as can be, Kim!


jessi nagy

how fantastic! so darling and clever.
love it.


Lovely, as usual!

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

That's so cute. I've always wanted to put one in my garden too.


OH! I just adore the whole thing! I have my eye on an old clawfoot that's stuck behind an old house...must convince the hubby that the neighbor's won't protest at the sight. Happy spring to you!


How lovingly beautiful!

happy day to you, sweet Kim!



Love it, love it!! I love clawfoot tubs, and the whimsical way you have used yours is so much fun! I use "decor" in my garden, too, to hide the fact that my thumb is rather black...

Have a great day,

christy in georgia

What a great idea! And, what a great hubby for bringing home the find.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

Love your tub garden! The marigolds and Gerberer Daisys are gorgeous together! And I can just see candle glowing at night, during a dinner al fresco! Lovely Kim!


The sun came out at last here in Southern California--only someone from Florida could understand how days and days of gray skies can so quickly change a sunny mood to something less. Your sassy bathtub did the trick yesterday. Today, I was at the nursery scooping up the last of the one gallon ranuculas to fill in the open spots in the yard. Thank you, thank you for your happy take on the world just outside our doors. perryjane


Love the tub garden!!!
So cute!!
It looks so sunny and warm there.
Have fun,


Bathtub, Candlelight & Flowers -- What more do you need? Too fun! LOVE your blog :)K


what a cute idea..and your signature colors! red and yellow.:0)
hey..stop by my blog for a few drawings I'm having in celebration of Leap yr. day.:0)
hugs, Tina


Oh Kim,
I love that tub! The idea of candles is a great one - how fun. I love your comment about cottage gardening and it being forgiving, thank goodness for that - I've got the same kind of thumb as you - I think it's somewhere in between green and brown!
Happy day sweets,

Chris@Cats on my Quilts

Oh be still my heart-flowers in winter. I am so jealous. I think I am a Southern girl at heart but I married a Northern boy who loves snow and winter.


Wonderful use for a beautiful old tub:-)
Have a wonderful day!!!

Esther Sunday

So sweet! How nice to see some lovely growth while sitting here in snowy North Idaho! Love, Esther

Freddie Girl

Hey Kim, I LOVE the tub....hubby was so great to get it for you. It is perfect for Daisy Cottage! If you don't mind, I need advice about my did you get the playlist on your blog. I have taken all the steps, but it won't work for me. Could you or some of your lovely readers help me? Your songs add so much charm to your already charming blog. Thanks a bunch. Vicky


Love your garden tub. We're still have snow on the ground here. Can't wait until I spend some time in my garden. Enjoy your flowers.


i just love stopping a smile and happy lift..

Connie Lenden

Kim, I love your bathtub and it's inhabitants--gorgeous flowers!
What a great idea for a tub. When we had our first home, we redid our bathroom and a neighbor asked us for our old tub. She used it in her garden, upright, with a statue in it. Clever and charming.
Good work and ideas.


Flowers?! I'm so jealous! It's SNOWING up here today. Sigh. I love all the hearts you are getting--they are all so clever and pretty. You're a lucky girl!!

karla nathan

How wonderful to see cheerful and bright spring flowers! It is still grey and dull here in the midwest. You have me daydreaming of springtime.

from my cherry heart

Oh Kim this is such a sweet idea!
I love it!

I love your heart collection! I love hearts of all kinds and you have inspired me to search for more to add to my home...I think its even better knowing who created them too!

Send some sunshine and warmer weather our way!

Hugz, Dolly

Robin Barlow

I loved to see your claw foot tub planted, as I was looking on the internet for ideas to plant a similar claw foot tub. one that my mom had in her backyard. When we sold her house this year I refused to part with it.... my mom had tulip, daffodil, hyacinth bulbs that we had given her that would come up every spring along with mint and various other herbs. so now it is in my back yard, my son wants to paint it although I haven't decided on a color for the outside yet...... may be a nice yellow, I have been thinking of putting lobelia (blue), which will flow over the sides alyssum, stock, yellow daisies and I just bought a pink jasmine( that if it isn't contained will spread all over the back yard) I do want to put a shepards hook into the tub prior to filling it with the potting soil so I can hang a humming bird feeder or a small wind chime over your tub already planted...... can't wait to get mine done.. Robin

Carolyn Scarbrough

I have really enjoyed checking out your wonderful site. Your pictures are beautiful. I live in northern MN and my backyard is covered with 2 feet of snow and the weatherman has predicted an additional 5 inches tonight! Your pics give me hope that spring is coming someplace--but not for two more months here. I am very happy that you had the opportunity to contribute to such a beautiful magazine. Let's believe that it is just the start for many more similar opportunities to come!

Geri Goggin

Hi Kim
I am going out today to buy "Romantic Country' Can't wait to read your article!!
Love Love Love your blog!!!
and your music!!

Noraliz Thomas

Absolutely unwinding, romantic, and exquisite. Thank you for sharing.

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