In the Potting Shed: Fall on a Ladder


I’ve been adding a bit of fall around the Potting Shedstep-by-step.


Adding a few mums, pumpkins and Indian corn to celebrate the season.


I harvested of set of three chippy drawers from a favorite antique mall for $7 each.


I played with them a bit before deciding they would be a good fit on my ladder steps.


Nested with moss. . .


Planted with a few blooms. . .




Assorted tools. . .


Pumpkins. . .


And wooden acorns.











 I can’t believe it’s almost October, where did September go? Fall is my favorite season and I’m wanting it to linger!


“Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile.”

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  43 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Fall on a Ladder

  1. September 30, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Mary Mary Mary, your talent and design sense is just beyond my wildest dreams!!
    I would love to be able to meet u when we come down for our little getaway the end of Oct.!

    We now are getting that rain that u had over the weekend, our yards and plants so need it!
    I hope that u have a blessed day and enjoy the fall that seems to b passing us so quickly!

    ~ Hugs from the north ~

  2. emily antonecchia
    September 30, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Your attention to detail and creative display is beautiful beyond words…The pumpkin in the trowel and the garden tool anchored in the drawer pull is so “naturally displayed” that it is easy to miss….I revisit the post numerous times to see what I missed on the “last visit”!

    • September 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Emily’s comment is exactly what I was going to say….!

  3. Michelle
    September 30, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Lovely potting shed! You have an eye to bring things together . Hope the storm that is going up the coast brings you rain but no damage. Stay safe!🍁🍁🌴☀️

  4. September 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    So amazing!!

  5. Lynn Schantz
    September 30, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Just beautiful, Happy fall Mary.

  6. September 30, 2015 at 7:42 am

    All smiles, such a fun display, like a magical work shop to play in endlessly… the last shot is my favorite :-)

  7. September 30, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Each day is brightened by your creativity and artistic flare. Thank you for sharing. It’s a rainy day here in Pennsylvania. Hope you are getting some much needed rain as well.

  8. September 30, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Pumpkin Perfection Mary! One little old ladder providing an endless playground of possibilities! I love the rusty chippy bins and the wave you weave so many wonderful surprises throughout your display, books, tools, china and blooms~as always, it’s a total delight :) Happy Fall!

  9. Carolyn McKinney
    September 30, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Lovely. Just lovely.

  10. September 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’m loving your autumn filled ladder, Mary. Those chippy drawers were a sweet antique find and I also like your 1952 Planting Guide and your antique book on Trees. Enjoy every single day of “the year’s last loveliest smile”! 🍂🍁🍂

  11. Sandi Allen
    September 30, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful! Love the chippy drawers!
    Happy Fall!!!

  12. Ellen Stillabower
    September 30, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I’m with ya Mary..Fall seems to be too short and Winters too all the pumpkins, flowers, etc..and that wonderful Potting Shed!! Thanks for sharing.. 😍🌻🌼🌿🍁🍂🎃🎃🎃🎃

  13. Gail
    September 30, 2015 at 8:58 am


  14. September 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

    First of all where did you get the gorgeous door mat? I love the drawers and how you have “planted” them! It is all beautiful as always. You are so vERY talented!! Have a beautiful day. I agree: where DID Sept. go????

    • September 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Pinky! The pumpkin mat came from Target, it’s with the Smith & Hawkin items, not with the other doormats :)

  15. Juliene Bramer
    September 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Lovely. I live less than 30 miles from Hampton, Iowa and shopped at Ferris Nursery. This is a beautiful time in Iowa, too.

  16. franki
    September 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    That is certainly better than “Fall from a ladder!!” Who knew “chippy” drawers could be SO BEAUTIFUL!! Thoroughly enjoyed every photo!!! franki

  17. September 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Always my favorite place and season…out in your Potting Shed!!

  18. Donna
    September 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    One word – FABULOUS!!! One question – where did you find the smaller olive bucket? I have a large one and it needs company! Your post absolutely made my day. Thank you!

    • September 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you Donna! It came from Walmart several years ago with a mum :)

  19. September 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I think this is my favorite Fall post of the season. So many sweet elements to it, and your photos are fab. Can’t say enough good stuff about this, Thanks, and I’m kicking myself for passing up a free ladder on the side of the road, last weekend. (Pocket protector was with and didn’t feel like arguing)…Grins and happy fall!, Sandi

  20. September 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Mary, it’s such fun to see what your creative mind will come up with for each new season in the potting shed. Perfection! I spent the day at Round Top antiquing yesterday, and though there were plenty of creative displays, you are the master. I can just imagine how much fun it is to play in the potting shed arranging all these chippy, vintage garden treasures. One thing I brought home yesterday were a pair of small Eunenia topiaries. Do you find these in NC? They are in the Myrtle family. I’ve had great luck with large ones on my front porch, but was excited to find a small version that I’m going to try growing in the sun room.

  21. Kim S.
    September 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Hello, I love the coir door mat with the beautiful fall pumpkins. Do you remember where you got the mat???? I’d love to have one of my own. Thanks!

    • September 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Target :)

  22. Marie in AZ
    September 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm


    Beautiful…just what I needed to bring a little autumn into my life! Thanks so much for everything you share!

  23. September 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Very pretty Mary! Lovin’ all your pumpkins and the cute green acorns! I’m with you, Sept did speed right by, hopefully we can slow Boo Month down a bit:@)

  24. Ronda
    September 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    You just amaze me!!! Such inspiration— there are sooooooo many out there that have blogs and decorate— but yours in one of the best!! I am going to redo my ladder now and must find some chippy drawers!!! Thanks for the inspiration — I love FALL too!!!!

  25. September 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Cute, pretty, beautiful, I could go on and on…….you know how to display stuff. Just love that potting shed. Yeah, where did Sept. go?

  26. martha
    September 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Love your blog and your pictures are so good! Thank you for not filling it up with annoying pop up ads that make it hard to read like so many blogs have done recently!

  27. Paula
    September 30, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    ~Mary~ oh~ Mary ~

    You make FALL looks so beautiful !! Lets hang out at the Potting Shed :)


    p.s. while in Ohio we stopped at a pumpkin patch and brought a pinkish color pumpkin, and the purchase price went to breast cancer research.

  28. October 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I’d be happy to live in your shed!! ;)

  29. cozinest
    October 2, 2015 at 2:08 am

    It appears you’ve decorated the “step between summer and winter” beautifully. I especially love the blue and white that you incorporated into the vignette. So pretty!

  30. Melodie Strickland
    October 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm


    Love your beautiful potting shed decorations. Happy Fall!! With the weather being chilly it puts one more in the mood for the fall season.


  31. October 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! I kept scrolling up and down I didn’t want to miss a single detail!

  32. October 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    My favorite Fall post ever. You are so talented, and the photography is outstanding.

  33. Nancy
    October 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Love love love! Just gorgeous!!!

  34. October 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Just gorgeous Mary! Thanks for sharing this at Home Sweet Home!

  35. October 7, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Everything looks so beautiful!

  36. October 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I must say that Fall is my favorite time of year with regard to your potting shed. The way you display the flowers and pumpkins and other fabulous pieces just makes my heart skip a beat. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of these displays….

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