Potting Shed: Blooming Inspiration and Spring Planting


I’m counting down to spring and

readying the Potting Shed for planting!

To bide my time until the threat of frost is over,

I planted some instant blooms for inspiration . . .


Tole trays to serve up flowers and provide

 colorful painted blooms, freshly picked

 from a consignment shop instead of a nursery.


A mossy grapevine wreath hangs on the door

in welcome with a pocket, convenient

 for tucking in a few violas and a bird nest.



And a new pair of gloves are in bloom along with a teacup

from my dish garden, providing a quick flower fix.



 Winter window dressing has been dismantled

and the window box is in transition, filled with

terra cotta pots, tools, a few bulbs, and bird nest.


Ready for easy access, to fill

with annuals and blooms.



And an architectural fragment has been

moved to the porch and is serving

 as a pedestal for a round floral tray. . .




And violas add a cheery pop of color,

and are ready for early spring planting.




Flowering buds on silver maple branches are

sprinkled in watering cans for a pop of red and

promise of spring (and pollen ;) to come.


If you’re not sure when to do your spring planting,

you can look up your first and last

freeze/frost dates by zip code here,

providing Mother Nature cooperates :)


I’m joining an amazing group of

bloggers for Simply Spring!

Simply Spring

I hope you’ll stop by and visit for blooming inspiration

for Spring mantles, tabletops, dining and more!

Tuesday, March 11th:

 Adventures In Decorating ~ French Country Cottage ~ ~ Pariscope Home ~ Sophia’s Decor ~ Top This Top That


You can find Monday’s Spring inspiration, here.

Thank you for your visit, I’m also sharing at:

 Metamorphosis Monday

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us Wednesdays,  Open House Thursdays,

 Home Sweet HomeBe Inspired Friday,

 Feathered Nest FridaySeasonal Sundays

  55 comments for “Potting Shed: Blooming Inspiration and Spring Planting

  1. Glenna
    March 11, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Love to know where you got the iron window box.
    Love it all

    • March 11, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Hi Glenna, My window box came from here.

  2. Dani
    March 11, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Violas, such cute pretty faces, they make me smile . Always my first to get into spring mood – some smell sooo good too…
    Thank you & have a sunny day.

  3. March 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Wow real flowers already, we still have snow. I sure enjoyed a look around your spring garden shed. So much eye candy to enjoy :)

  4. March 11, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Things are definitely blooming at your potting shed Mary! The tole tray behind your wreath is such a cheery welcome, and I love the other ones hung on the side and tucked in the window box. All the pots ready for filling, along with tools, it looks like a moment stopped in time~a warm spring welcome indeed~

  5. March 11, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I LOVE your potting shed. Everything about it just not only speaks, but sings to me! It makes me happy, thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Susie
    March 11, 2014 at 7:34 am

    So pretty thanks for posting

  7. Georgia Beckman
    March 11, 2014 at 7:39 am

    ahhhh, your photos are so refreshing! Perhaps Spring really will come after all. However, rumor has it that here in central IL, we’re expecting 3-5 inches of snow tomorrow, March 12th!

  8. March 11, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Love your work…love the three trays!

  9. Tardevil
    March 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Love the new gloves and tole trays, but it’s all pretty!

  10. March 11, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Beautiful ! Love the tole trays !

  11. March 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I love everything about this, Mary. Your use of tole trays is totally awesome!

  12. March 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I love your potting shed. The black tole trays are wonderful.

  13. Kim
    March 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful, Mary. I was looking forward to seeing how you dressed the shed!

  14. March 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Breathtaking! I could sit on your front porch all day long! Your door wreath is sooooooo pretty!

  15. paula
    March 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    What a beautiful “Welcome Home” for Spring, she has been gone far to long !! The little bunnies so cute, and love those old watering cans !
    Have a sunny day :)
    p.s Thank you for your talents you share, and the time you take to answer questions, Thank you!

  16. Peggy Thal
    March 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Looks so pretty , like Spring. Love the bunnies.

  17. Susan
    March 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

    How did the moving of the potting shed go? Are you happy with it’s location? I love looking at it!!

  18. March 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Great post. Love the beginning buds of it all. They always say not to plant until Mother’s Day in our area. There still is some of that white (now black) stuff around our parts. How is the new location of the potting shed working out?

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  19. March 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Hi Mary! Happy Spring! At least your charming shed makes me believe it is coming! And there is nothing like a brand new pair of gardening gloves ~~ I always look forward to mine! I have been lost exploring the window box link with visions of putting new ones on my house this summer. All the violas and bunnies and those tole trays (what a great find!) make me want to explore your shed again, but my very favorite things are all those birdhouses!! I just LOVE birdhouses~~a variation on my little house obsession! We are awaiting another round of ice and snow tomorrow but I will visit your little shed again and dream of warm breezes to come! Thank you for the escape! Linda

  20. March 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I had to grab another cup of coffee as I knew I would be at this computer for a while swooning over the incredible displays of your garden shed porch…you slam dunk the decor of you garden shed each and every time..Love how you displayed the tole trays so beautifully…I must turn one of mine into a wonderful wreath like yours!…Beautiful, beautiful Mary!!! So great to “party” with you!

  21. March 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Beautiful, Mary! The wreath and tole tray is such a creative idea.

  22. March 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    you’re ready for Spring, LOVE the tole trays!

  23. March 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    It’s official – I’m ready for spring now! Love your potting shed – and your toile trays!

  24. franki
    March 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    BRING ON the pansies!! franki

  25. March 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    LOVE IT ALL!!!

  26. March 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I second Martina’s comment…Love it all!
    Your potting shed is so much fun!

  27. March 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    As always LOVE seeing your potting shed. Thanks for sharing all your spring touches they are gorgeous.


  28. March 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh how I love Spring and your potting shed adds some inspiration to my early spring decorations and planting! Thanks for sharing!

  29. March 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    spring is alive and well out west, but in the midst of a HUGE windstorm, all my blossoms have blown to mexico… dying to get out and play with petter rabbit, but i will just have to enjoy your darling potting shed until the siroccos have past… love seeing you play!

  30. March 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Mary I am always so blown away by that potting shed. I think it’s just wonderful and you clearly take amazing care of it. Those violas are stunning!

  31. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    March 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Pansies/violas aren’t on sale here yet, they look so cheerful and perky! I know you’ll have a blast with your potting shed in full sun now Mary, happy planning:@)

  32. March 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    The tole trays mixed with terra cotta pots are inspiring me. I have been planting caladiums today. Lovely as ever, olive

  33. March 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I love your blooming tole trays and especially how you used one in your door wreath. Clever idea! I know you will have so many flowers that you haven’t used before in your new location with a sunny porch.

    I am in need of new gardening gloves. Keep forgetting to buy some. Thanks for reminding me.

  34. March 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I am SO late to the party but couldn’t miss YOUR feature! You hit this out of the PARK, girl. I so love your garden shed and every transformation is better than the last. I love that wreath and the tray behind it is genius. I am jealous that you can have violas now. Just tday it got to 63 degrees so Joe and I got the Christmas wreath off the house and the lit snowman put away!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thurs. the high will be 29!!!!!!!!! Today was a BIG TEASE!!! I love every thing you do, Mary.

  35. March 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Mary, it’s always a delight coming over to see your potting shed! The new sunny location lends itself to new displays. Love the wreath on the front door with the pocket for planting!

  36. March 12, 2014 at 1:44 am

    i just love that potting shed everytime I see it. I seriously want to move into it. I am chomping at the bit so start some spring planting but may hold off just a bit. we did plow our garden over the weekend.

  37. March 12, 2014 at 2:51 am

    All those gorgeous trays at one shop? You must have found someone’s collection. They are perfect for stand in till spring. Can you believe it was in the 80s today and tomorrow night is supposed to be freezing again? I fear we will skip from winter right into summer at this rate.

  38. March 12, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Your potting shed is full of blooms! The tole tray behind your wreath is so clever. We had “warm” weather yesterday, and today it will be freezing again.

  39. March 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Spring is in the air… Love the potting shed with its blooms…

  40. March 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I always love seeing my favorite potting shed any time of the year, dear Mary! The tole trays add such a soft pretty color to enhance your potting shed’s beauty. I love the wreath on the door! xo

  41. Liz @ Infuse With Liz
    March 14, 2014 at 8:47 am

    This looks wonderful Mary- I love those clay pots randomly displayed in the window box. I adore violas even more than pansies–can’t wait to see how many “volunteers” I will have this spring! I found a watering can that had a very vintage look like the one near your black bunny on the left at a store recently. I nabbed it up fast because I figured it wouldn’t last long! Can’t wait for spring to actually arrrive up here! Looks like your getting ready for spring with new things to plant! The tole tray behind the wreath looks fabulous- you rock with ideas!

  42. Cheryl
    March 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Love, love, love your potting shed! Can’t wait til it’s warm enough for me to play.

  43. March 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I love how you used the vintage floral trays in your Spring garden décor! I will have to remember that for my decorating…which won’t be for awhile in the northeast!

  44. Kim
    March 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What a wonderful load of inspiration! Your potting shed is amazing! I love how you used your trays with all the old, rustic items. Beautiful!

  45. March 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Your wreath is wonderful. I like the idea of using the tole tray.

  46. March 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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