Around the Potting Shed: Year in Review

Flowers around the Potting Shed Year in Review | © #flowers #garden #shed

Thank you for all your visits, comments, shares and Pins in 2020! I’m still surprised and humbled you find the time to visit my little blog and Potting Shed.

Building a Potting Shed | ©

My Potting Shed turned 8 years old in September. We built it in 2012 before I’d ever heard of the concept or term, ‘She Shed’.
You see that first post, HERE.

White Garden Blooms and Ball Jar Bouquets | © #flowers #spring #masonjars

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

Blooming Wellies as vases with azaleas, daffodils, garden tools | © #flowers #wellies

I’m sharing some flower therapy on a cold January day and look back at 2020, 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.

Spring green, flowers and nod to St. Patrick's Day in Potting Shed | © #flowers #green #shed #stpatricksday #bees

All Abuzz: Bees and Blooms in the Potting Shed

Bees are buzzing in the Potting Shed in anticipation of spring with an assortment of green and white blooms.

Garden urn with Spring Bulbs and Blooms in the Potting Shed | © #flowers

Spring Bulbs and Blooms in the Potting Shed

Thinking Spring table and DIY blooming centerpiece with bulbs, moss, eggs and birds for some nesting details

DIY Spring Wreath with Blooming Wellies | © #flowers #wreath #wellies #DIY

DIY Spring Wreath with Blooming Wellies

A favorite pair of floral wellies serve as vases to hang on the wreath, filled with azaleas, daffodils and blooming garden tools

Garden Smiles and Spring Blooms: Viburnum, Bridal Wreath Spirea and Lady Banks Rose | © #flowers #garden #spring

Garden Smiles and Spring Blooms

Viburnum, Bridal Wreath Spirea, Lady Banks Rose and Eastern Bluebirds

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit | © #flowers #peterrabbit #beatrixpotter

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit

Hopping down the bunny trail with Peter Rabbit. Snowball viburnum blooms resembling white bunny cottontails fill a watering can and mason jars.

White Garden Blooms and Ball Jar Bouquets | © #flowers #spring #masonjars

White Garden Blooms and Ball Jar Bouquets

Blue and white transferware and jars of white garden blooms

 Bird Chirping Weather chalkboard door Potting Shed | © #flowers #garden #chalkboard

Nesting in the Potting Shed + Bird Chirping Weather

A favorite quote chalks up the door in celebration of ‘bird chirping’ weather and  a pair of Eastern bluebirds inspire tabletop nesting

Nesting in the Potting Shed + Bird Chirping Weather | © #birds #tablescapes

Fresh Flower Market and Peonies in the Potting Shed | © #flowers #garden #tablescapes #peonies

Fresh Flower Market + Peonies in the Potting Shed

 Johnson Brother Garden Bouquet and a celebration of Peony season

DIY Patriotic Wreath using a Garden Hose | © #wreath #DIY #redwhiteandblue #patriotic #flowers

DIY Patriotic Wreath using a Garden Hose 

A salute to both the Red, White and Blue and gardening, in a wreath for the Potting Shed door

 Bunny Battles and Squirrel Wars | © #flowers #garden #squirrels #bunnies

Gardening Tidbits: Bunny Battles and Squirrel Wars

Warring with squirrels and trying to keep Peter Rabbit and friends out of the flower patch

 Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Flower Market Buckets of Blooms and Window Boxes| © #flowers #garden #hydrangeas |

Flower Market Buckets + Blooms Around the Potting Shed

Endless Summer Hydrangeas, Flower Market Buckets of Blooms and Window Boxes

Celebrating National Pollinator Week with ‘bee’ favorites and tabletop fun | © #bees #flowers #garden #tablescapes

Bee Kind: National Pollinator Week

Celebrating National Pollinator Week with ‘bee’ favorites and tabletop fun

Bunnies and hydrangeas tabletop fun in Potting Shed | © #hydrangeas #flowers #garden #tablescapes

Hydrangeas and Bunnies

Bunny Gardeners, bunny majolica plates and hydrangeas

Adding Vintage Charm to a Birdhouse | © #hydrangeas #flowers #garden #DIY

How To Add Curb Appeal & Vintage Charm To A Birdhouse

Birdhouse rehab and repair, adding a few thingamajigs and whatchamacallits for vintage charm ;)

 A back door welcome buzzing with bees, a bonnet and apron door decor for Potting Shed | © #flowers #garden

 Bee in My Bonnet: Potting Shed Back Door

 A back door welcome buzzing with bees, a bonnet and apron door decor

Garden Bouquet of Summer blooms | © #flowers #garden

Garden Bouquet and Posies in the Potting Shed

Late summer garden bouquet of Hydrangeas, Verbena Lollipop, Crape Myrtle, Lespedeza and Posies in the Potting Shed

Attracting Hummingbirds and How to Revive a Tired Feeder | © #flowers #garden #hummingbirds

Attracting Hummingbirds and How to Revive a Tired Feeder

Revive a tired feeder with a refresh and tips for attracting hummingbirds, along with an easy nectar recipe to slow down spoilage and the best way to clean your feeders.

Late Summer Garden: Good News, Bad News and Flutterbies | © #flowers #garden #hummingbirds

Late Summer Garden: Good News, Bad News and Flutterbies

Late summer garden update and butterflies

Calendar Girl: Meet Miss October | © #flowers #garden #fall #shed

Calendar Girl: Meet Miss October

Turning the calendar page to 2021 and Miss October

Fall nesting table in Potting Shed with transferware | © #transferware #fall #shed

Fall Nesting with Transferware

Celebrating my favorite season with fall nesting and brown transferware

Bee Thankful table in Potting Shed | © #bees #fall #shed #thanksgiving

Bee Thankful Table in the Potting Shed

*Bee*ing Thankful and tabletop fun

Christmas Around the Potting Shed | © #shed #christmas #greenery

Christmas Around the Potting Shed

Sprucing up the window boxes with evergreens, refreshing a wreath and tartan touches

Potting Shed Year in Review | © #flowers #garden #shed

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  76 comments for “Around the Potting Shed: Year in Review

  1. Gail
    January 21, 2021 at 7:03 am


  2. Pat
    January 21, 2021 at 7:20 am

    What a great way to start this day! Later today there are several entries I want to revisit in depth; thank you so much, Mary.!

    • January 21, 2021 at 8:00 am

      Thank you Pat, Happy Thursday! ♥

  3. Kathy Menold
    January 21, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Without a visit to your Potting Shed my day is just not complete. Thankyou so much for all your beautiful photos,great ideas, gardentips and recipes and sharing your life with us your readers and friends. As we live in the same state I feel like we are neighbors and can commiserate or celebrate N.C. changeable weather. Today is kinda cloudy and overcast here but as always the day is brighter after I read your blog. Happy 2021 and may it bring you well deserved happiness

    • January 21, 2021 at 7:59 am

      Thank you for your generous comments Kathy, I so appreciate your visits! Yesterday was almost 60 degrees and sunny, I bet your spring bulbs are coming up like ours are! ♥

  4. January 21, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Mary, what a stunning potting shed review. Your creativity always amazes me and these photos are so inspirational on a cold and rainy day!

    • January 21, 2021 at 8:01 am

      Thank you Pam! I’m looking for some Valentine’s Day inspiration and you had just what I needed this morning. ♥

  5. Ann Woleben
    January 21, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Mary, your ideas and photography are absolutely wonderful. Have you ever considered writing a book to include a “calendar” of ideas and photos for each month? I would buy it! {or win it in a “giveaway”}

    • January 21, 2021 at 7:54 am

      Aww, thank you for your sweet comment Ann. A book sounds like a lot of work :) I appreciate your comments and visits ♥

    • Clara
      January 21, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Good Morning Mary, I love the potting shed compilation! Your creativity is amazing and produces beautiful posts! I thank you for inspiring us as I know it’s a lot of work. You always make it look so effortless. The narrative is filled with wonderful information and encouragement. Your window boxes are always decorated so pretty. If my petunias would thrive like yours I would be thrilled ;). The inside of the potting shed is always so inviting and beautifully adorned. Your yard is absolutely awesome. You definitely have a green thumb too! Have a wonderful day sweet friend! Clara ❤️

      • January 21, 2021 at 8:43 am

        Thank you for your generous and sweet comment Clara {blush}. The petunias look good for two months (if the squirrels don’t dig them up :) and then it’s down hill from there! I so appreciate your visits, Happy Thursday ♥

  6. Barbara Zuleski
    January 21, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Has it been a year? Your blogs helped us get through 2920 with Grace and beauty.

    • January 21, 2021 at 8:00 am

      Thanks so much Barbara, Happy Thursday ♥

  7. Rita C.
    January 21, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Your potting shed will always hold a special place in my gardener heart. As you know, I had dreams of replacing my hot tub with one on the prior property. And even though I don’t really miss the chores of gardening, I absolutely sink myself deep into all your creativity in your shed. Your use of the shed is exactly how I would want to use one – having the garden surrounding, but playing mostly with vintage items inside. The purple/yellow of spring and the hydrangea blues of summer really draw my eye on yet another gray day here in winter!

    • January 21, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Thanks so much Rita. I was wondering if you were missing your garden, chores notwithstanding :) Happy Thursday ♥

  8. Cindi
    January 21, 2021 at 8:21 am

    I look so forward to your email…it’s as if a friend is writing. I don’t have a potting shed ( I left a small but loved greenhouse when I moved from South Carolina to Virginia a few years ago) but I just might have to reconsider a shed as I so love seeing yours. As a fairly new reader I have years worth of blogs to catch up on and today the Beatrix Potter one caught my eye. I so love her work and the book Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is a gardening favorite of mine. So I got double the fun in reading today. Thank you!

    • January 21, 2021 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Cindi, I bet it was hard to leave your greenhouse behind! If you have room on your property for a shed I know you’d enjoy it. Thank you for your visits and comments ♥

  9. Karen
    January 21, 2021 at 8:57 am

    When I was a little girl, we’d visit Grandma and stay for lunch. The minute you walked into her home, it smelled amazing from her baking whether it was a chocolate cake, fresh cookies from the oven or a yummy blueberry pie (my favorite). Of course, we weren’t allowed to eat dessert until after lunch so my brothers and I ate the quickest lunches you ever saw! Your blog is just like visiting Grandma as it’s a sweet treat that I look forward to each week. Thank you for always showing us the beautiful side of life, Mary xo

    • January 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Karen! Happy Thursday ♥

  10. Lauren S
    January 21, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Your posts are always so inspiring! I enjoyed the 2020 lookback. Viewing your post was a great way to brighten a grey morning here in NJ. Thank you for the pick-me-up!

    • January 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Thanks so much Lauren! Wishing you blue skies soon ♥

  11. Vanessa
    January 21, 2021 at 10:02 am

    You are such an inspiration!

  12. Joanne
    January 21, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I just want to say, “Thank You”. You bring so much joy and beauty into our lives. You’ve inspired me in so many ways by sharing you ideas and those of other bloggers.

    • January 21, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment Joanne! ♥

  13. Linda
    January 21, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Your photos are glorious! Thank you for those and the inspiring and creative posts.

    • January 21, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Linda! ♥

  14. January 21, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Oh, Mary. Here in Chicagoland this is the time of year, I just want to smell dirt…lol. Such a joy to visit your garden shed and lovely grounds, critters, Flora and Fauna. Thanks so much for the smiles…this was almost like smelling dirt, LOL. Sandi

    • January 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Thank you Sandi! Happy New Year ♥

  15. Cyndi Raines
    January 21, 2021 at 11:04 am

    What a wonderful balm for weary souls! Thank you Mary! You know “visiting your shed” are my favorite posts and the pontoon boat is my next favorite. I love each and every picture of her. I am eager to get back out to my shed, hauling out all the garden items and statues. Do you leave your statues out? With your milder winters, I bet you can. I am jealous that your spring bulbs are starting to peek through. We are still deep in winter, receiving a little more than an inch of snow 2 days ago, although today the sun is shinning and may get to 45, a very rare Janaury day in Michigan! Tonight I can go back and revisit each post which will get me dreaming and planning for spring. Thanks for the mini-mind vacation! ♥️🐝🥀🌾🐦🐇

    • January 21, 2021 at 11:10 am

      Thank you for your sweet comment and visits Cyndi! Yes, everything is left out with our milder winters. I wouldn’t mind some seasonal weather and winte-like temps. I’m afraid if we stay in the 50s and 60s things will bud prematurely and then be zapped and frozen in February. Happy Thursday ♥

  16. Donna Milazzo
    January 21, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Your creativity knows no bounds! I absolutely adore perusing photos of your garden and She Shed! I want a peek at the other ‘shed’ you must have to store all those beautiful dishes, napkins, etc.! How DO you keep track of them all??? Always love your photos and well-researched garden and nature tips!

    • January 21, 2021 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Donna! You’d be very disappointed in what a mess everything is most of the time :)

  17. Bonnie Morgan
    January 21, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Mary, I could spend all day viewing your posts from this year. Your potting shed brings much inspiration and your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

    • January 21, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Bonnie!♥

  18. Joan Dwyer
    January 21, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Mary, I was so grateful for your post today….SPRING like with color, light, flowers, creatures, and hummingbirds. Even the thoughtful notes from your readers are music to soul. Thank you for each and every post, but especially today’s post.

    Sincerely from snow covered Maine, Joan

    • January 21, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Joan, I’m grateful for your visits and comment. :) ♥

  19. June Fisher
    January 21, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    It says it’s a garden shed but it acts like the beautiful playhouse every girl wants.

  20. Shirley Graham
    January 21, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you so much! Makes me feel as if spring can’t be far behind. Although we have sunshine today & that certainly helps! Love all your flowers & posts! Wish we all had a potting shed!!!

  21. January 21, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Mary, I have so enjoyed your potting shed posts over the years. It inspired me to use my “potting shed”, the front glassed in porch to display my artwork after my spring planting was complete. I have had to remind my browser many times that your posts need to come to my primary email. Think it has finally learned and now I don’t have to search for your posts! Just like teachers, grocery store workers, nurses, and doctor’s, you are my essential worker!

    • January 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Heather, Thank you for your sweet comment and visits. Happy Thursday ♥

  22. nazaria salinas
    January 21, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Mary. Your posts are always full of beauty,,creativity and inspiration. I too am a gardener and live on the border in Brownsville, Texas. The weather here is so different from yours so I am not able to grow a lot of the plants you can, but I always look forward to seeing them in your posts.
    Thank you for all the beauty.

    • January 21, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks so much for your visits Chaya! ♥

  23. January 21, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I had to laugh at the squirrel! Truly labors of love Mary-looking forward to a new year of seasons:@)

    • January 21, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Those dastardly squirrels…they’re the bane of my existence. :) Happy Thursday Lynn ♥

  24. January 21, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    The best part of my day is visiting the Potting Shed!!!

  25. Liz
    January 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Such a fun place to be in! Love all your craftiness inside and out! Can’t wait for spring!

  26. Jennifer M Jordan
    January 21, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    It is always a pleasure to visit your blog. Your hard work is very much appreciated and always inspiring to me.
    Here is to more sunny skies in 2021.

  27. Sarah Anderson
    January 22, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Mary, it great fun to look back at each of these posts. I’m going to return when I have more time and actually click back to each post. Your potting shed may be the most famous one in Blogland! I can imagine how much fun it is to have this playground. Do you store dishes in the shed or cart things out when styling tables.

  28. January 22, 2021 at 6:33 am

    You are blessed to live in such beautiful surroundings….what a peaceful place. If I had a ‘she shed’ like that, I would play all day!

  29. January 22, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Your creativity definitely blooms in and around your potting shed Mary! I am always inspired to paint when I visit your garden and potting shed, so thank you for all the inviting eye candy and artistic scenes! I do so admire talented gardeners who patiently coax beautiful blooms from seeds and soil, as my thumbs are black and my energy for playing in the dirt is lacking…I do LOVE flowers though, and your garden and shed are always a wonderful pleasure to see!

  30. Linda Stolk
    January 22, 2021 at 9:11 am

    It is 19 degrees and snowing here, but I have sunshine on my face because of all of the beauty you are sharing. Thank you so much, Mary.

  31. January 22, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Love the recap, I’m busy pruning roses daily and plotting out the lions share garden, adore seeing colorful inspiration as your seasons turn!

  32. Chloe Crabtree
    January 22, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Mary, I had no idea you don’t “pot” in your potting shed! That really surprises me. I know you create such lovely place settings and vignettes there. It is always a pleasure to see what you have styled out in the “shed”. It was fun to see the “before” photos of it being built, something I had never seen! Enjoy!

  33. January 22, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Your blog brings us such cheer, That has to be the most loved shelf in America ! Thanks to you, She Sheds must be a new growing business.

  34. Ricki Treleaven
    January 23, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Stunning, Mary! I love all your potting shed posts. The brown transferware truly speaks to me. Congratulations to Miss October! I love that! :D

  35. January 24, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Oh Mary, your potting shed is still my favorite place to visit! I can see why you love it for your creativity to flow. Congratulations on Miss October!!

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