I seem to be spending all my free time this spring, planting, puttering and pulling weeds around the Potting Shed! I usually spend a couple of hours there each morning, and then again in the early evening, checking on how things are growing, while weeding and watering, and watching the bees buzz and the hummers zip around.
Fortunately, Mother Nature is helping me out in the watering department, saving some time in lugging the hose around. I have a few painting projects left on my ‘to-do’ list spring, if it will stop raining long enough for me to tackle them!
I found this wheelbarrow at a favorite antique mall several weeks ago (excuse the bad cell phone photo). It was a great price due its neglected and rickety condition, but I loved the cut out tulips on the sides that someone had taken the time to chisel.
The front panel of the wheelbarrow was plywood and consequently the layers were peeling and chipping away. My hubby cut a piece of wood to replace the plywood front. It was easy to pry loose and take apart due the dry and splitting condition.
I gave the wheelbarrow some TLC, cleaning and sanding it, before giving it a couple of coats of bright, fresh red paint.
I used the paint left over from painting my new Board and Batten Shutters. When we built the shutters, I purchased Valspar Reserve Extreme Weather Paint + Primer from Lowe’s, with RainRelief™ Technology, designed for rainy, humid regions and to give the wood some extra protection.
Note to Mother Nature: The Lamb’s Ear, lavender and myself could use a little rain relief about now ;)
Here is my happy little tulip wheelbarrow after her makeover, with her new red coat of paint color, Spanish Tile).
I’ll eventually move her to the porch where she has some more protection. For now I tucked in some pots of million bells, angelonia and coreopsis, which will be planted in the perennial bed and in pots.
The perennial bed planted in front of the Potting Shed has matured since it was planted one year ago, Memorial Day weekend.
Some plants have thrived, some have struggled and a few things decided not to return this spring. Update coming soon!
How is your garden growing?