Around the Potting Shed: 2016 Year in Review


Thank you for all your visits, comments, shares and Pins in 2016. I’m still amazed you find the time to visit my blog and little Potting Shed!


I’m bringing you a little flower therapy on a cold January day when it’s frigid outside and you might be covered in snow!


Here’s look back at how I potted, puttered, played around the Potting Shed in 2016, with highlights from the months, seasons and holidays. Click on the links in red if you’d like to revisit the complete post for details and sources.


Winter Window Boxes for the Potting Shed


Love Around The Potting Shed

How to Grow a Vintage Seed Box

Growing a Vintage Seed Box DIY


Perfectly Imperfect: Transferware and Flowers


Chalking It Up To Welcome Spring

Spring in a Drawer

 Spring in a Drawer: Repurposed Drawer Planter


Jardin de Legumes and Bunnies Tabletop Gardening 


Blooming Tole Trays and Flowers

Bachelor Buttons

Singing the Wildflower Blues


Pretty in Pink Blooms and Peonies


Peonies Last Hurrah


Red, White and Bloom: Potting Shed Door Basket

Potting Shed New Perennial Bed

New Perennial Bed


Celebrating the Red, White and Blue


New Red Bench & Blooms Around the Potting Shed


A Mad Tea Party in the Potting Shed


Summer Blooms Around the Potting Shed


A Mad Tea Party Continues


Faded Beauty of Hydrangeas


Wild Vines and Volunteers


Brown Transferware, Hydrangeas and Pumpkins


Fall Window Boxes and Pumpkins


Photo Shoot and Feature in BH&G Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine

Fall Harvest Around the Potting Shed


Watering Can Welcome and Welcome November


Sprucing Up the Window Boxes for Christmas

Chalking it Up Plaid Christmas

Chalkboard Runner and Plaid Tidings


Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,  Wow Us Wednesdays,
 Tablescape Thursday,  Feathered Nest Friday
 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

  35 comments for “Around the Potting Shed: 2016 Year in Review

  1. January 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Mary, It was fun to see a review of all the lovely posts in your potting shed. I stand amazed constantly and have to wonder if you have ceiling to floor shelves storing all your wonderful, trays, dishes,linens,vases, and cutlery you can find them. Having hid several things from myself as I changed out accessories decorating for Christmas I’m thinking about ways to organize my things better.
    You did brighten my day with all your beautiful photos of flowers and bounty of each season displayed so beautifully in it’s season. You have to be super organized with computer storage too!

  2. Carol Burger
    January 11, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thank you for all your time and creative idea’s that you put in this blog. Never disappointed!! Have a blessed 2017!

  3. Ann Knott
    January 11, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I always love your posts.

  4. Linda L
    January 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    A visual feast! The repurposed drawer is still a stand out for me among all your terrific posts. Thank you.

  5. Sandi Allen
    January 11, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I look forward to all your posts on your beautiful potting shed. Your creativity and talent are outstanding. Love your table settings, displays, floral arrangements, recipes and everything else that comes with your potting shed. Looking forward to reading more in 2017.

  6. January 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love all your posts Mary but seeing them all together brings to mind just how wonderfully creative you are. Like Bonnie I’m curious about your storage for all of your beautiful wares. Maybe you could do a post on that for us. I’m looking forward to seeing your beautiful garden and shed all through 2017.

  7. eowana jordan
    January 11, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Well done.. your window boxes..oh my.. put mine to shame.. Yours are just lovely!!! Bravo!! And the darling cat statue in the photo w/ the angel wing cookies.. where DID you find him? Cute!! It’s that cold ugly time of year.. I needed this to cheer me up.. At least Mother Nature, so far, has been kind to us here in Virginia.. Only one snow and it was nothing to speak of.. I go to our log cabin on the lake and relax. If you’d like to see what I’ve done with it check it out on facebook. Happy happy New Year!! Eo, Penelope and Pandora, our two Norwich Terriers..

    • January 11, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Ok. When is the book coming out?? We will all be so happy to say we “know” the author!!
      Kudos ms Mary for your creativity!

  8. January 11, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Thank you, Mary for making 2016 a Beautiful year!! You have the most talent of anyone I know! I absolutely love when you blog about your Potting Shed. I may not comment every time but it is pure joy to see these blogs!! Looking forward to your 2017 creative mind. You are amazing!! The gift I won from you in 2016 that was for HomeGoods went to the birds! This little birdie says Thank You and my birdies too!!

  9. Barbara
    January 11, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I only discovered your blog this past fall. It is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful way to start the day. Thank you.

  10. Ellen
    January 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

    The Potting Shed is the place to be, for sure!!! Every season and every holiday is a feast for the eyes. You display so many treasures in the most creative ways. Your artistic talents and photo skills add beauty to my days that I enjoy immensely. Each of the 2016 posts have been spectacular and I anticipate the posts of 2017 from The Potting Shed will continue to delight the soul. Thank-you for 2016 and Thank-you for what is yet to be!

  11. Donna
    January 11, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Happy to have your inspiration. . . I have no shed but I am rethinking the side of my garage with a window box where I can pretend. Your “book” would be enjoyed by all of us. I am in a real “winter” state everyday all winter so anything with a garden theme pleases me. Thank you so much. It is better than all the garden books & so much more than boring seed catalogues.

  12. January 11, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Oh what a tease of spring and summer days to come! I really love reviews, and this past year with your potting shed through the seasons has got to be the best Mary! Do you ever look back and think how did I do all that :) I’m not sure if I’m exhausted or energized, but I’m going to go with energized! Bring on 2017! I’m off to TJ’s to buy some spring blooms!

  13. January 11, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Ooh Mary, how wonderful to view my favorite potting shed through the months. I wish I had a calendar of all your pretty photos!

  14. Jo
    January 11, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Beautiful, nice stroll down 2016 memory lane. Perked up a cold winter day!

  15. Debbie
    January 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

    So beautiful. Can’t wait to see all your posts for 2017!

  16. Virginia
    January 11, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for the year in review of your creative and inspirational filled posts and especially for sharing them. Not only are you making your corner so the world more beautiful but your ideas have certainly inspired many of us to do the same.

  17. Bev
    January 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

    You treat your potting shed like a little house. Always interesting to see the many designs you have in store.

  18. Rosalie M.
    January 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    What a beautiful and blooming year you and the potting shed have had. I truly enjoy your posts; they make my
    day. Your sweet “pups” are a delight.

  19. franki
    January 11, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Awwww….now that’s my kind of world!! franki

  20. Barbara
    January 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful.💗 Looking forward to see what you have instored for 2017……. P. S. Someone wrote they wish they had a calendar of your photos….. What a wonderful idea… I know I too would have loved to have one. Maybe you can think about it 💗

  21. January 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Very pretty Mary! Right now, I’m loving the color combo of the blue transferware and pink carnations, very warm and comforting:@)

  22. Cyndi Raines
    January 11, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Oh, how we LOVE the potting shed! Everyone a beauty! Thanks Mary.

  23. Blue
    January 12, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Well well well another year put to bed with dreamy world’s all swirling round our heads. A time to breathe and think and reflect upon ones choices, of one’s successes and failures and how they intertwine and still because of our hearts, produce visions inward and outwardly.. that goodness prevails. A timed March thru every season measured in colors, textures, growing greens and saying goodbyes reds. You’ve been our magic carpet ride upon the soft warm breezes of Summers; the lofty up wings of Springs; the gaily dances of leaves of Autumn’s and the turbulence of Winters strong armed colds and icy breaths… to find ourselves again.. stepping down upon the ground looking around seeing hope, and joy and wishes could come true… thank you Mary, it’s been and still is.. such a lovely journey with you and time around The Potting Shed….©Blue01.12.17

  24. January 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Mary, what a breathtaking review!! Your creativity and talent are truly amazing!! Every season is so inspiring around and in your potting shed…looking forward to this year’s visits to your sweet retreat.

  25. Cindy Eddins
    January 12, 2017 at 11:12 am

    What a beautiful reflection of your lovely potting shed! It was my inspiration when I was gifted a shed, that I have turned into my own Potting Shed with vintage goodies! I can hardly wait til warmer weather to putter around! Your creativity & beautiful photos are such an inspiration! I am just up the road a bit from you near Greensboro :) All the best to you in 2017! xoxo

  26. Karen
    January 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I adore your potting shed!! It always brings a smile when I see your latest creation… do you come up with so much beauty? I am more than a little green with envy….I also realize how much work you put into your blog. Thank you for all the inspiration you provide.

  27. January 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Amazed that we find time to visit? I’m amazed that you find the time and energy to create all this beauty that you share with your readers. I admire you more and more with each new post. Thanks for the look back. Fabulous!

  28. Gail TF
    January 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Each different, but consistent in their lush loveliness

  29. January 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Mary, I love each and every one of those photos. All that color and our favorite things make me happy on a dreary day.
    BTW I no longer get the email from you automatically and have to search for your site.

    • January 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Thank you Myrna! I’m sorry to hear that,hHave you checked your spam folder to see if post notifications are ending up there for some strange reason? I can check with WP support but you might be able to re-subscribe and see it that works?

  30. January 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    You do the most gorgeous decorating with your potting shed! Lovely and such a pleasure to view. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  31. Ellen Stillabower
    January 20, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I’ll save this one so I can look again at your beautiful scapes…I so enjoy looking back..can’t wait for 2017 posts!!! ❤❤❤❤❤

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