Planting, Puttering and Potting Shed Sign


Happy Friday!


It’s been a busy and fun week of planting and puttering around the Potting Shed for me.


While my shop days are behind me, but I was tickled to find a Potting Shed Garden Shop Sign sign for the back door of my Potting Shed at an antique mall last year. I had a friend tell me: “You can take the girl out of retail, but not retail out of the girl.” :)


The Potting Shed Garden Shop, March – December, 7 Days a Week

Bulbs, Seeds, Plants

According to the sign, I’m two months late opening up back up for business ;)


My backdoor of my Potting Shed was a $12 salvage find with a broken glass pane. Instead of replacing the glass, I added a board and painted it with chalkboard paint to “plant” with seasonal messages and inspiration. The exterior of the door has always been a little boring with the empty painted panel.

The wooden frame with the hardware cloth was headed for the trash pile at a thrift store when I rescued it a couple of years ago. I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I thought the wire holes would be handy for hanging tools.


As it turned out, the Potting Shed sign was a little small for the door but the hardware cloth frame was just the right size to fill the panel to hang on the back of my chalkboard door. The holes in the hardware cloth are ideal for hanging old garden tools and small pots using s-hooks and to fill in the space of the frame around the sign.


I added some grapevine to wind around the sign. . .


And I cut some wild honeysuckle vine, running rampant with fragrant blooms in the field next to my shed, to frame the sign.



It’s been a beautiful and HOT week here the temperatures in the low 90s yesterday. It’s cooler and overcast today, ideal for a little  potting and planting.


Hope you’re enjoying some pretty potting weather where you are. . .


Take time to stop and smell the honeysuckle ;)

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  43 comments for “Planting, Puttering and Potting Shed Sign

  1. Tammy Hart
    May 13, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Well now I have potting shed envy. Love, love your wonderful sign and garden space surrounding your potting shed. I’m off to plant my containers this morning and this is just the eye candy I need to get me going…thanks for posting!

  2. Sue
    May 13, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Wow!! 90 degrees already. It has been very comfortable here in Ky. I have my yard just about how I want it. You know how it is though, run into Lowe’s for something and come out with more to plant :). Going to have a high of 59 degrees tomorrow. Might just stay in. Have a great weekend Mary!! xoxo

  3. May 13, 2016 at 7:36 am

    It looks so good! Love the honeysuckle weaved through it. Your potting shed always looks adorable and the sign is the perfect addition!
    Btw, can you tell me what the blooming shrub/small tree is at the end of your post? I have one like it (from previous owner) but I don’t know what it is.

    • May 13, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Thanks Cecilia! It’s Japanese Privet :)

  4. May 13, 2016 at 7:44 am

    This might just be the cutest thing you’ve ever done Mary! And that’s saying A LOT! Your potting shed looks so happy proudly sporting it’s vintage sign/wreath on the door. It’s over the top adorable! 90 is way too hot for May, I hope the temps drop a little so you can enjoy more puttering and potting. Happy weekend,

  5. Annie
    May 13, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Absolutely an astounding feast for the eyes!

  6. May 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Oh Mary, your new potting shed sign is absolutely adorable! I can’t believe your good fortune in finding the sign in an antique was meant for you. You’ve decorated it so perfectly with the grapevine and the garden tools. Happy weekend, Mary!

  7. May 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    So cute, your wreath of potting tools and bird nests. We are still cool in the mountains, thank heaven, I cannot tolerate heat. At least you have the lake, though.

  8. May 13, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Mary, Your shed looks so happy all painted and spiffed up for summer! That sign is perfect for you. I remember when you found it, and I love the way you created the wreath. It must smell heavenly with the honeysuckle!!! Honeysuckle and lilac are two amazing springtime scents and I wish they lasted all year. Did you ever pop the bit of “honey” nectar out of the bottom of the honeysuckle blossom and eat it when you were a kid (like a hummingbird!)? It’s perfect planting weather here — a bit rainy and cool. I hope your 90 degree weather doesn’t return too soon. Linda

  9. Ellen Stillabower
    May 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Wonderful sign!! Have fun puttering!! ❤️🌹❤️🌹

  10. May 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Love love love this sign and the way you have framed it with the tools, pots, nest and vine. Very whimsical.

  11. BamaCarol
    May 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

    My grandmother had a honeysuckle bush in her front yard that was huge. That smell always takes me back to my youth when she taught me how to ‘drink’ the honey from the flowers. Lovely post and beautiful shed.

  12. Susie
    May 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I know honseysuckle is an invasive plant, but what a lovey invader! I used to love to be out with my driving ponies on a country lane here in Virginia and catch a whiff of that heady perfume–both the ponies and I would tilt our heads to catch the scent.

  13. Linda
    May 13, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Love the sign and all you’ve done with the frame. Frost warning for us over the next couple of days, so planting has stalled a bit :-(

  14. Debbie
    May 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Your shed is amazing. I must say that neighboring field is a treasure trove of wonderful flowers and you know just the perfect way to use them. Everything is so beautiful.

  15. bj
    May 13, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I have never seen anything so cute in my whole, entire, loooong life…

  16. May 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Serendipity!!! The sign was just made for you!
    Loved seening your honeysuckle…my grandmother had it growning behind her house & I can still remember the smell…and the bees that lovd it.
    I sure hope that large, *POT* sign at the top isn’t visible from the road!! You might get some unsavory buyers looking to make a score. LOL

    • May 13, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks for the chuckle this morning Rett! Any buyers will be sorely disappointed :)

  17. bj
    May 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Mary, I shared a pic of this cutie on my FB with a link for my followers to come to your blog and see this “in person”…hope that’s ok….

    • May 13, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Absolutely BJ! Thanks for your visit and sharing :)

  18. franki
    May 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

    We are going to have to call this “The Year of the Honeysuckle!!” Ours is rampant along the shoreline – luckily the breeze wafts the scent to our deck!! franki

  19. May 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

    As always every post you put out is magazine worthy. So creative and amazingly beautiful. I really like that sign but with your added touches and décor … it becomes transformed and so sweet.

  20. Melodie Strickland
    May 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Love your potting shed sign and can imagine how fragrant the honeysuckle must be. There is honeysuckle in our neighborhood and I love the scent. Our weather here for the past 2 weeks has been rainy and cool–waiting for some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all of your inspiring posts.

  21. May 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Mary, this sign was the perfect find for you. It is full of charm with the bee skep and vintage tools. Just a hint of what is just behind the door. I smile at the thought of how much joy this potting shed has given you, and to us your readers through your wonderful photography that you post. I will never tire of your potting shed posts.

  22. May 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    90 in May?? Oh dear! That is HOT! We had a beautiful sunny and 75 yesterday so I got all my pots planted. Today is rain all day. Your potting shed is so wonderful and I LOOOVE the sign on the door!

  23. May 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Better late than never Mary! Glad to see you’re having some fun and enjoy those warm temps, we’re rainy and cool ~still~ here in Philly. Happy Weekend:@)

  24. Debbie P.
    May 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Oh, how I love that sign, Mary! It is perfection!!! Have a beautiful weekend!

  25. May 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    That is just too cute! Same kind of weather here, only about 10° cooler on each day. It was fall-like today! I’ve been getting a lot done in the garden, too, but so far only with dirt, mulch, potting soil, topsoil and grass seed. Still need to get my container flowers and plant them. I’m working in stages, hoping it slows down my enthusiasm to keep from buying too many plants. :) Happy weekend!

  26. May 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Mary, I just love the sign! My sweet husband announced this week that he is going to build a potting shed so I showed him yours and he loved it. He is extremely talented in whatever he does, but I don’t think he has the time for this project…we will see! Lots of honeysuckle around my home, and the smell is heavenly! Pam @ Everyday Living

  27. May 14, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Ooh I love your shed so much. And the new sign is just great. Your pictures are always so amazing, I wish mine were that good! Have a lovely weekend. It’s sunny here in UK, maybe summer has actually arrived. I’m going back to our boat in Greece for the summer, in 12 days time, so it’s sure to be hotter there.

  28. May 14, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Love the sign. Your potting shed fantastic. My husband did a redo on mine and it is such fun. Our temp drops tonite and tomorrow nite to 37, planting on hold for a few days. Would love your weather.

  29. Cyndi Raines
    May 14, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Mary, your sign on the door of your / “our” (I say “our” because we all love her so dearly) potting shed is like a cherry on the top of a cupcake! The final piece to a perfect little building we all love and hold dear. I really like your vintage garden chair with the shell shaped back also. I can picture you taking a break after working in the 90 degree heat. Wish I could bring you a glass of cold lemon-aid. Thanks for showing off “our” garden shed! :) (P.s. Love the Lamb’s Ear plants! Hope mine come back this year- it seemed to be dwindling down the last couple of years.)

  30. May 14, 2016 at 9:08 am

    OKAY this isn’t fair, we had frost last night and another promised for tonight. You are in full bloom, and all set to go—I would have to take your sign and say open 5 months of the year, LOL. Love it by the way and the honeysuckle looks gorgeous on it. Thanks for sharing and making me so jealous of your weather. Sandi

  31. May 14, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Oh my, that is one great potting shed! Love the sign and your flowers are beautiful! I think I need to have a potting shed, just like yours!

  32. May 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    ALL OF IT IS SO CUTE!!! Yes, I am yelling, your shed is worth yelling about! I have serious envy too over that sign! I want one!!

    You do everything so well!

  33. May 14, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Soo Cute!

  34. Just Cats
    May 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I just adore that sign, Mary. Love your blog. :)

  35. May 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Ok that is the cutest sign I have seen in a while. I love it and you truly inspired me. So happy to find it via the Wow Me Wed!

  36. June 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    love every inch you share, and i forgot i miss hunneysuckle too! i wonder if anything is even alive in my old life…

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