A Potting Shed Project

This is my Potting Shed:


Or maybe it’s this:


This would look more at home in The Barn’s setting.

Or even this:


Hmmm, cute but a little too fussy.

But definitely not this: 

Okay, the scrambling roses are great but this one is way too precious for The Barn’s gardens.


Doll house or potting shed?

In truth, THIS is my potting shed:


Yes, I know. Now that we’re over the hump in major renovations on The Barn, my radar is turning to this little eyesore. Smack dab in the middle of our big parking area, this poor thing has been sorely neglected for years. When we first moved in, it was hard to even find the door it was so overrun with ivy (both poison and English) and weeds. So it’s been cleaned up a bit but I think a new PROJECT is in order, no?


The shed is bordered on one side with rose bushes -unsightly most of the year – and on the right is a small holly tree which is much too close.

The plan is to remove everything, replant what can and should be salvaged, and start with a clean slate. Speaking of clean slate, this back wall of the potting shed would be gorgeous with an espalier planting of something.


So this is what I will be plotting and scheming over for the next month or so. More to follow another day.

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Life in a 1915 farmhouse in Central Virginia. And the odd thought or two.
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7 Responses to A Potting Shed Project

  1. Myra McAnulty says:

    You have quite the project ahead of you. It looks like a dream come true to me. I grew up in an older home in Long Island, N.Y.
    Good luck to you and all that comes in the future, I am an old friend of Suzanne “s. You have put together a wonderful blog! Thank you for sharing it with us.


    • Barbara says:

      Thanks, Myra. So nice to hear your feedback; I appreciate it so much. Yes, I am coming to firm decisions as to what to do with the shed and then revising them immediately. Over and over! Any suggestions?


      • Myra McAnulty says:

        No real suggestions other than plenty of shelf space and a container in the back for your potting soils or peat moss or anything extra that doesn’t fit in the shed. I have so much stuff myself that we have two sheds!!


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  3. Franny Powell says:

    So much potential and so many beautiful possibilities. You and Mr. Wonderful can make this spectacular. I can’t wait for the transformation! Love, Franny


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