Around the Potting Shed: 2018 Year in Review

Thank you for all your visits, comments, shares and Pins in 2018. I’m still surprised and humbled you find the time to visit my little blog and Potting Shed!

We built my Potting Shed in 2012, before I’d ever heard of the concept or term, ‘She Shed’.

You see that first post, HERE.

While I don’t actually do any ‘potting’ inside my shed, it is a place where my creativity blooms.

I’m sharing some flower therapy on a cold January day and look back at 2018, where I played, planted and puttered around the Potting Shed.  Click on the links below if you’d like to  see the complete post for more details and / or sources.

‘Bee’ Mine Valentine Table in the Potting Shed

Tea with the bees and Valentine-inspired table

Ball Jar Bouquets and Transferware in the Potting Shed

Vintage Ball Jar Bouquets with spring garden flowers paired with blue and white transferware and Floral Friday friends

Bunny Garden Table in the Potting Shed

The Jardin de Lapin, aka, Bunny Garden, hopping with a little spring table top fun

DIY Hand Stamped Garden Markers

 This DIY is easy and fun for plant identification or to add a little garden whimsy

Tabletop Gardening with Seeds and Veggies

The forecast is always favorable for tabletop gardening, even when the weather is not! A Richard Smith & Co. seed catalog cover watering can is filled with spring flowers and veggies.

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue

A patriotic vignette of transferware and Stars and Stripes Keepsake Ball Jars

May Flowers Around the Potting Shed

Spring around the Potting Shed and the first bloom of the roses, salvia, peonies and clematis

 Celebrating the Red, White and Bloom!

Garden-themed patriotic table with blooming watering cans, Red, White & Blue Wildflower seed packets and garden gloves

Bees, Garden Blooms and Squirrel Wars

Roses, hydrangeas, lamb’s ear and battling the squirrels!

Blooming Drawers in the Potting Shed

Flowers on a ladder and the peonies ‘last hurrah’ with Floral Friday friends

Dining with Bees in the Potting Shed + National Pollinator Week

Bee favorites for a little tabletop vignette the Potting Shed for National Pollinator Week

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms Around the Potting Shed

How to create a pollinator-friendly garden habitat in just a few simple steps

Pitcher Perfect Garden Blooms

Perfectly imperfect but ‘pitcher-perfect’ garden blooms with Floral Friday friends

July Garden Updates: Surprises, Volunteers and Bicycle Planter 

Purple coneflower, passionflower vine, bicycle planter and mystery plant volunteer

Public Service Annoucement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea. . .or Five

Plant this easy to grow, low maintenance shrub in your garden and enjoy beautiful cut and dried flowers too!

Fresh Flower Market and Tabletop Gardening

Johnson Brothers Garden Bouquet and Floral Friday Dish Garden

Chalking It Up: Bees and Flowers Around the Potting Shed

Chalkboard door quote and bees and blooms around the Potting Shed

Slinky Hack and Trellis for a Favorite Flowering Vine

A garden hack using a Slinky and favorite flowering vine

Summer Garden Update: Winged Beauties, Blooms and Bunnies 

Eastern Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Pipevine Swallowtail, Monarch, Hummingbird Moths, Hummingbirds & Bunnies

Anyone Can Be A Gardener + Garden Hose Wreath for the Potting Shed

DIY Garden Hose Wreath with Blooming Wellies DIY

The Softer Notes of Fall: Transferware and Hydrangeas

Brown transferware singing the softer notes of fall, paired with white pumpkins and hydrangeas

Photoshopped Shed Magazine Cover + Breaking Up With My Favorite Garden Magazine

Next time you’re admiring that magazine cover, ask yourself, is it real?

Garden Tidbits: Hay Bale Harvest, Leave It To Beaver and Flex Tape Hack

A harvest of hay bales & pumpkins, mystery revealed about the disappearing butterfly bush and Flex Tape to prevent wood rot

Hawthorne Gardens Wicked Beautiful Flowers + Spooky Halloween Table Fun

Spooky Halloween table fun inspired by Hawthorne Gardens sign

We have freezing rain and wintry mix in the forecast this weekend.

Hope you’re staying warm and cozy. . . Keep Calm and Garden On ♥

 Sharing with:

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StoneGableConfessions of a Plate Addict, Worthing Court, Cedar Hill Farmhouse,

  47 comments for “Around the Potting Shed: 2018 Year in Review

  1. Peggy Ott
    January 11, 2019 at 7:19 am

    GM Mary! A great pick me up on a cold winter day!! Love to look back on the gardening done in the past year.

  2. Anita S Dixon
    January 11, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Your garden is beautiful!

  3. Ethel Alderson
    January 11, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Love every thing you DO! Thanks for being in my email daily and inspiring me to garden/decorate.

    PLEASE take a teaching moment and assist me in finding the Le Jardin Botanique and Bunnies! I know nothing about thm, but several times a year you tease me with them in the potting shed. HELP!!!!! I would appreciate nay help. Thank you!

  4. Tracy
    January 11, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Hi Mary.. I swoon over your Potting Shed Blogs.. please keep them coming.. my GrandJoy boys ages 5 and 4 are coming for the weekend and we are going to attempt your Suet Cookie Cutters.. they love the many bird feeders out our windows so I think they will really have fun and I hope to teach them why birds need the suet! Thank you for the inspiration !

  5. January 11, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Mary, Thank you so much for all this beautiful flower therapy on a cold winter day! So much to see and drool over. I’m ready to sit down with some garden catalogs and start my spring planning!

  6. Gail
    January 11, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I enjoyed throughout 2018 and I’m stilll oohing and aawing in 2019. So many ideas perfectly executed

  7. Rita C.
    January 11, 2019 at 8:07 am

    This is such a joyful post, seeing the entire year in review. Your garden certainly deserves its own post (oh, and the dishes, arrangements in the shed just make it that much better!). January is my favorite month to look over all the gardening hits and misses of the prior year, thinking about the year to come.

  8. Kem
    January 11, 2019 at 8:15 am

    What a delicious way to start my day. Thank you Mary. Relatively new to your blog and here you’ve visually caught me up to date. 2018 in your garden. Delicious. You have a great deal to do with my getting a dog. She is a Havanese. White, fluffy and such a joy. A close cousin to your little white fluffis. New to that world too, and had no idea about puppies. A work out to be sure.

  9. Anita Craig
    January 11, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Mary, It’s always a gold star day when you post to the blog! Over the years I am been a quiet admirer of your endless artistry, creativity and roll out of fresh ideas. Your eye for color and balance are breath taking! You’re notably, and especially, my Table Scape and Flower Arranger Queen! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and keep boating!

  10. January 11, 2019 at 8:24 am

    There must be some special magic in your potting shed that inspires your creativity. Certainly, much has come from there that excites and pleases your readers.

  11. January 11, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for letting us play along with you in and around your potting shed, dear Mary! It’s always a joy to visit you for inspiration. Happy weekend to you. 😘

  12. Amy K
    January 11, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Everything you do inspires me. Thank you so much!

  13. Cyndi Raines
    January 11, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Awww, heaven! What a great way to spend the morning looking back on the inspirational garden shed and lovely posts, with a cup of tea and a slice of zucchini bread! You spoil us and we love it! Can’t wait to see what you roll out this year, Mary! ♥️

  14. Donna
    January 11, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Love it all, esp. the bee info, the potting shed delightful decor inside & out (how could someone steal/photoshop that?) and of course, the bell jars. Now that I have you. . . I don’t need to check out all those garden books from the library in January to feast my eyes. Thank you. Most blogs have more and more advertising and pop-ups. . . .it does not look like you do that. you don’t use this as a money maker?

  15. Joyce
    January 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

    You always post such beautiful picture. Thank you for bringing that beauty into my day.

  16. Cristy Bennett
    January 11, 2019 at 10:48 am

    A feast for the eyes and soul!! I so love how you use your potting shed to express your creativity. Always my “Thank You” for sharing.

  17. January 11, 2019 at 10:54 am

    What a gorgeous review around your potting shed! You provide so much beautiful eye candy on this cold but sunny Friday! Stay warm and cozy this weekend!

  18. Debbie
    January 11, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Thanks so much for your inspiration and for lifting my spirits each day. I am a caregiver for my sister who has Parkinson’s and your blog and the fun and beauty that you share are my peace in he storm. You will never know how much you have helped me. Thank you again.

  19. Granny Gay:)
    January 11, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Am lovin’ this entry, too, Mary…I also enjoy reading others comments…they are the same voice as mine, praising your creativity and attention to detail. Many, many thanks for your posts. 2019 is going to be a wonderful year, beginning with you as a bright spot in each day.

  20. January 11, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I think Mary, you are the reason I open my computer in the morning—thank you for all your gorgeous posts…!

  21. January 11, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Still lovin’ that slinky hack Mary! Looks like we might miss the snow and sleet? Still hoping to see a little during the Chiefs game though (from my nice warm livingroom). Happy Weekend:@)

  22. January 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Can you imagine your life without your potting shed Mary?? It brings so much joy not only to you but to all your readers! Fingers crossed you don’t have any icy problems this weekend!

  23. Nancy Brantley
    January 11, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    ENJOYED looking back on 2018 and looking forward to your 2019 blogs!

  24. January 11, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog after seeing the chain of watering cans on Hometalk. After that, I was absolutely hooked. Your style is like taking everything I ever dreamed of and making it come true! If you had a book, I’d have it on my coffee table. I notice new things all the time too in your vignettes. Today I am noticing and loving the little benches you have, especially that small green one. Green is my favorite color and I am a complete idiot for benches! I see them, I love them! I’m green with envy over that one.
    Anyway, I look forward to seeing everything you do in 2019!

  25. Donna Maurer
    January 13, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Your blog is my favorite!! So beautiful and fun. Would love to see a panoramic picture of your garden. I am becoming addicted to pretty dishes and table settings because of you! Would also love to see/know how you store all these beautiful things. Thanks for the beauty you add to this world.

  26. January 13, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Love the photos. That is the most famous shelf (in the shed) in the USA. Such a talent.

  27. January 14, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I am swooning over every single picture! Soooooo beautiful Mary!

    I have told you before…it was your Potting Shed posts… back in 2012…that made me want a Shed! No one ever heard of She Sheds back then. It was YOU and maybe a few inspirational ones from magazines that started my desire to have one.

    Play it forward a few years… and now I have one. I do not do potting of plants but I do mix my fertilizer in it! And putter… and make pretty tablescapes. But you always are my inspiration!

    Happy Week to you and please stay warm!

  28. January 18, 2019 at 10:28 am

    All of your crafts are so cute! I love this site. The pictures are great too. You give me inspiration

  29. February 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Stunning, what a dreamy place to hang out in. Can’t wait to start working on my garden area. Just found your site and happy I did.

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