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May 06, 2009


Red Writing

The dishes are precious as is the curious Maggie. Enjoy your garden!


Absolutely adorable! I knew you would come up with the the right amount of whimsey. And no, hubby doesn't need to understand the dishes! I hope your anniversary was very special.

A Romantic Porch

The dishes are darling! Your sweet little garden will be just what Daisy Cottage ordered! xorachel


i just love the dishes!

and the pic of the lizard is adorable!


Love the plates! I copied that idea from Linda at Blue Gate Blog and used plates in my window box and planters. Yours so perfectly capture Daisy Cottage and echo what's going on inside. Perfection!

Daisy Cottage

Oh Vee - thank you! That's what I was hoping to do!


That is LOVELY. I have seen the dish idea once before at a lovely Tea Room off the coast of central California- LOVE IT


Darling! My neighbor has plates in her garden also and uses large colorful mixing/serving bowls for planters and teacups glued to saucers for bird seeds. It is so charming just like your new garden ~ it matches your charming home so well . . . . . you must smile from ear to ear everytime you come home! :)


I love the plates!! They add so much color and I'm sure they are great in the big picture. Maggie is so adorable.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Kim, it's beautiful! I love the dishes you added, perfect for your cottage. Maggie looks like she loves it too. Thanks for coming by my party & your garden WILL grow up just fine. :)

Sonja Gray

I love the dish garden, and can't wait to share this with my mom. We have missed you.
And would love to send you some rain.


Sounds like Daisy Garden needs a pretty watering can for her garden since there has been no rain. I like the dishes and my Hubby would not understand it either... *giggles*

The Blue Ridge Gal


what a cute idea..never thought of dishes in the hubby wouldn't get it either..most definately a girl thing...I'm sure Maggie understands...

SoBella Creations

I think it is an adorable idea. My hubby wouldn't understand either. After all he didn't "get" the Fairy Garden I planted for my girls. But, now he says how "cute" it is.


Oh I love the dishes! Men never understand whimsy.

Lea Harper




COuld it possibly be any cuter? NO! I love it...Maggie is the most adorable mini-doxie...(shh...don't tell my little boy doxie that I said that!)


I do soooooooo love your Daisy Cottage (and Maggie too, of course)! As always, thanks for brightening my day.

Please stop by for a quick visit. Still working on making my blog work, but am learning so much and enjoying everyone in Blog World.


Being a dish-o-holic... I would love to try this. BUT Hunter is nothing like Maggie... He's exactly like a "bull in a china cabinet" He'd snap the tops off dishes and keep I still love your idea...and No, hubbies don't need to understand.

Fifi Flowers

What a LOVELY idea... if you don't want to wash the dishes... just stick them in the garden... lol! Those are ADORABLE plates too!
Fifi Flowers


Oh I think the dishes are darling! What a clever idea... I've never seen that done before. I just LOVE the red and yellow! And your little Miss Maggie is such a doll. :)

Daisy Cottage

ahhh, thank you girls!

The dish idea - so not mine - has definitely been done before - and it is a wonderful, fun idea isn't it? Especially when you make it YOURS with the dishes that YOU choose. And of course when they are thrifted dishes too!



Becky G.

Oh, Kim! I love the dish garden! I may have to borrow that one from you! Thanks for sharing!!! Becky G.


Cute idea of a dish garden Kim! I love it.



I love all those dishes. very cute.


I have seen this idea in blogland. don't remember where or when..but think YOUR look is splendid...the choice of colors and placement sure give a great look..good I please share one of the pics with my readers and link back to you ?...I could try explaining but you have captured this idea perfect...
btw I am on my way to Goodwill to start the process of collecting some garden plates..stay tuned ;-)

Daisy Cottage

Deby, you may share anything that you like!
Thank you!


Totally creative and cute, Kim. You should win a prize for this. Great idea.



I LOVE the cute, colorful dishes! Your garden is beautiful now, but it's really going to be stunning when it reaches full maturity! I cannot wait to see it!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

Your dish garden is adorable! And so is Maggie...

Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

black eyed susans kitchen

Dishes in the garden? What a fun idea! I wish that we could send some of the rain we have been having your way. Happy Belated Anniversary wishes...we also celebrated 30 years in February. It is a very long time :)
♥, Susan

Angie Antwine

Love the dishes, too too cute! Tell Maggie not to give up on the lizard, our dogs catch them every now and again! Thanks for sharing this neat idea with us!



I've been throwing my dirty dishes out in the yard for YEARS and no one ever said anything to me about it. Well, nothing NICE.

Kim: you have achieved maximum whimsy in true Dear Daisy style.


Those are the cutest dishes. I love the pop of the red. Tell maggie "Don't give up!" Madeline

Lisa ~A Cottage to Me

Love this idea! I'm afraid my sweet Loosey would think they were for her!


Hi Kim
The dish garden is as sweet as can be. I tried that a couple of years ago but it just didn't suit our traditional brick ranch :(
Hugs Rhondi


I don't know what put the biggest smile on my face--that sweet dish garden or that darling Maggie! How wonderful!! Dana


Oh suits Daisy Cottage so well :)

Poor Maggie do they make those creatures as toys so she can play with one?? I feel so sorry for her :(

Kathy :)


Colorful, delightful, whimsical.... I love the look. Hope your anniversary was memorable. :-) Sue


Great idea, so creative and fun! I think these plates suit your home just perfectly!

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

The dishes are such a colorful and creative touch to your garden! The theme fits perfectly with your little cottage. I love the glimpse you have shared. So bright and cheery for our rain saturated afternoon.
Hugs, Jennifer


Your dish garden looks just like Daisy Cottage. Very cute!! What happens when the lizard jumps at Maggie's face? I bet she jumps sky high.

Bobbi Jo Nichols

That is such a sweet garden idea. So pleasing to the eyes. Thank you for sharing. Always a joy to visit your beautiful blog.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo


I love it Kim! All the plates match and go together! ~ did you plan that? It is so cute - (just like you and Maggie!!!) Thanks so much for your email, you have no idea how much it meant to me - Mwah!
Hugs from Downunder Perth


Charming, and perfect for Daisy Cottage. I will send you some Ohio rain. It hasn't stopped in a week. I just posted my garden in the rain because I can't get any sunny days to take photos. It is looking like a jungle out there. Enjoy your warm sunny days.

Cindy (FarmgirlCyn)

I did this several years ago, and took a grease pencil and wrote the name of the perennial on the plate, then stuck the plate in front of the perennial. I love your cheery plates! Color to the garden when there's not much color there yet!

Donna Warrington

Very nice, look the Maggie, love the, love, love.

Esther Sunday

I LOVE the dishes!!! No, the hubbys don't get that kind of stuff. I had Artie remove the bedroom door to my craft room so I could install a hutch in that wall space. No door to a room? He was horrified. Way to outside the box for my Love Monkey. He grasped for straws. Conversation went like this:

"What about when Stella (my niece)comes to visit? Won't she get into your things?" Artie sputtered.

I pretended to ponder this. "Well, first of all, Stella is now seven years old, and since she lives on the other side of the US and we see her every couple of years - I really don't think that is going to be a problem. Here's the screwdriver."

Gotta love 'em for putting up with us.

By the way, anyway we could get a pic showing as much of the front of Daisy Cottage's new garden as possible? Would love to see the whole effect!


I love the plates! How clever and so adorable! The garden is stunning and the red bench is magnificent. I can't wait to watch it grow and fill out.

Thanks for sharing!

Daisy Cottage

Oh I LOVE you Esther!!! Too funny and SO true! Artie and Kevin would have alot to commiserate over, I'm sure!!!

I promise to share the front of the garden SOON.



I think the dish garden is darling! Bet if your husband saw something like it on TV or at a neighbors cottage he would say "Gee,that looks like something you would do!"


I love the dishes in your cottage garden. What a perfect addition! I do the same thing, only in my windowboxes! I love that shot of Maggie and the birdbath! She can't take a bad picture, can she?!


Your dish garden is so cute! And so is sweet little Maggie!

All the best,

Susan Ramey Cleveland

The dishes are wonderful. I love garden whimsy. Leave that lizard alone, Maggie! That's a good girl.


Kim, I've never seen anything like this--dishes in the garden! Absolutely darling and so much more cottage-y than bricks or landscapping stones.
Very pretty and original!

Esther Sunday

I love you, too, Kim! Looking foward to the pics....xx


Love the dishes!! Hey, I could send you some rain? We've got lots!

debi @ life in my studio

Your gardens are SO pretty! (I'm not sure about that lizard, eeewww) :0 And I LOVE your cute plates! I think it's only men that don't 'get it'.

Rose - The Center of My Self

Ah, Kim! The dishes you selected are just right for the Daisy Cottage Garden. Bright, colorful, happy!

Doesn't everyone know that Maggie is playing with Larry Lizard? If she caught him, the game would be over. They're having fun!

Lavender Dreams

I love the plates! OH MY! Everything looks beautiful! We finally got some much needed rain today! Hope you get a gentle rain soon!

Brenda Kula

Whimsically fun, Kim! Love it! (Oh, I'm having a giveaway at my decorating blog.)

One Womans Cottage Life

How charming those dishes are! No, hubby's don't always understand, do they? Bless their hearts!

You can have some of our rain here in Middle Tn...there seems to be no end in site!

Heather Clark

Oh, I love the dishes! I think I may "borrow" that idea. It would be perfect in my little rose garden out front.


Love the dishes. Great idea. Wish we could send our rain down there. We are at the 8th day of rain here in the Northeast. Everything is green which is beautiful but the lawn needs a cut and I haven't been able to get outside to plant and flowers. Predicting sun on Sunday!!


i think your little "visitor" is really looking to sell you insurance on your house!! he looks like that cute gecko in commercials!!! :^)

love the dishes of course!

Jean Eakin

I just love the colorful dish garden. Oh by the way Happy anniversary. Maggie is also a perfect touch to your beautiful garden. We finally have been getting rain here in Roanoke everyday since sunday. Hopefully the rain will come your way.
Have a great evening.
Jean in Virginia

Rochelle Gaukel

Love, love, love the plate garden!! I was just telling my husband that I had ideas to do this with my garden but he said it wouldn't last because he would probably break them with the weed wacker! :D Yours are adorable!


hi kim! i have a dish garden, too! mine is mis-matched china from an antique shop. it's so fun. i love how yours pops with color! fun. i get it!


Betty Jo

If I had a garden I'd put dishes in it just like yours. So sweet, and so is Maggie trying to figure out the lizard. xoxo


deep and profound cute-ness there♥ i love the plate garden and i'm will be copying this idea for sure.. maybe with some window boxes. what do you think?

have a blessed day☺


Oh Kim, I love the garden dishes! It is looking very cute!



Oh my, Kim! I love the dish garden! What fun and whimsy.

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Kim, those plates are a perfect touch of color and whimsy!!! Remember the yards that used to use abalone shells as a border? Your border is much cuter!!!!

love to you,


Kim.. Love the dish garden .. They are perfect! Maggie is darling.
Thanks for sharing.


Those dishes in the garden are perfect!


How cool! (so loving Maggie)


love the dishes :)


The plates are beyond cute in your garden! Be glad I'm not a drive-by plate snatcher.

I knew lizards would be happy in your garden!

Belated anniversary wishes! I hope it was a wonderful celebration. I hope you have just as many more.



Your garden looks so inviting ... and the dishes are just too cute! What a great excuse to buy more LOL!

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