The “Blankety-Blank” Potting Shed Project Part III

One teeny-tiny little trip to the ER and suddenly the bloom is off the rose for Beloved Husband on the potting shed project!


Believe me, ample sympathy was doled out! And he is all healed up now!


It’s been some time since my last update on the Potting Shed Project, so I thought I’d let you know what’s been going on. In between slicing his thumb to the bone with an Exacto knife while repairing a severed electrical line to the potting shed, BH also did his heroic bit flying down to Tennessee to rescue the Westie puppies. And there’s been lots of bad weather. And I’ve had a big garden tour/party to get ready for which meant lots of projects on the sidelines.

So here is where we stand now. BH drew up a plan to scale with a top and front view. We are planning to install brick walkways and some fencing in the back.  Boxwood will be the plant of choice as a simple edger/border, low maintenance being a key deciding factor.



Do you see in the two upper corners a symbol for “something?” My initial thought was to install two tuteurs in those corners, but now I am thinking maybe crape myrtles. I welcome your opinions. Please.

This drawing is not set in stone but we needed it to determine just how much brick to buy and how big the fence sections should be. BH’s background in engineering comes in so handy around this old house.

Why fencing? Well, the potting shed kind of floats in the middle of a big parking area and needs a sense of enclosure.



Post holes have been dug and cement poured:



One of my favorite things in a garden is “mixed media” in pathways. We used leftover cobblestones to make a pathway to the potting shed door. Max, of course, has to investigate anything new. Oh yes, since these photos were taken we have been painting. The foundation is going to get a nice coat of black!


I will spare you a photo of Max’s upcoming offering to the cobblestones.



Oh yes, THIS arrived in the mail:


And then this happened:


But you’ll have to wait until the last potting shed post to see the awesomeness of what went on the roof!!

The next post on this project should be the finished product. The fun part will be starting soon — the planting of things. Can’t wait!

As always, thanks for reading,





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25 Responses to The “Blankety-Blank” Potting Shed Project Part III

  1. dorannrule says:

    Oh, Barbara – I am so sorry about your husband’s injury – and with all that work ahead. Can’t wait to see the finished product of your Potting Shed Project though, and I’ll bet Max will be happy too. 🙂


    • Dor, I did not make this clear and I apologize. Yes, the project was renamed by my hubby when he cut himself but he is all better now!! The man heals amazingly fast which is a good thing around here!!!


  2. carolwallace says:

    Wait, I thought you’d averted the ER visit. Clearly you are not keeping us completely up to date. Do we get photos from the garden club luncheon/tour? Surely some were taken….


    • Oh no, a visit to the ER and three neat little stitches. Here’s the funny bit: he used the exacto knife because he wanted to “save time” and didn’t feel like running down to the warehouse to get one of the several hundred wire strippers he stocks for the business. He swears “Never Again” will he deliberately not use the right tool!!!


  3. Dianna says:

    THat last photo looks so familiar: I’ve seen hubby and his cohorts use a forklift for a similar task. Glad your hubby’s finger is all healed. Looking forward to seeing the finished project!


  4. Pat S. says:

    And what would a project be without a “project cut”? We’ve seen our share of those at this end…hope he is as good as new soon. I am excited for you to have this project and the prospect of new plantings. Sadly, not enough space here for such a lovely endeavor; the annual rearrange what I have with a few new “babies” is in full swing. Yes, please do share pictures of the garden club gala. Knowing you it will be spectacular!


  5. Diane Ahlberg says:

    Ouch Roger!!
    It looks great Barb- was there any doubt- I vote for crepe myrtles because of less upkeep and can be pruned any size
    Have fun at your big garden / tour party
    Hope Roger heals fast!


  6. Caroline says:

    It looks fabulous! I envy you an actual potting shed! And your hubby is a trooper. Hope he’s ok and will continue with the project…


    • You’re right, Caroline, he is a keeper. And I often marvel at how I gardened without a potting shed when we lived in suburbia. Oh yes, the GARAGE!! That’s what held all the assorted “stuff”. Now, it’s wonderful to just close the potting shed door on all the horticultural chaos and forget about it! Thanks for reading.


  7. Jeanie T. says:

    Of  course, I love all th


  8. Barbara – have you considered a native shrub – they support way more animal life (pollinators like bees and butterflies, also birds) than non-native ornamentals? It looks like the fun part is just beginning, after all that clean-up work has been done. Sorry to hear about the hubby’s injury.


    • Great suggestion. I do have massive amounts of bee and butterfly plantings just across from the shed – my garden literally hums in the summertime with all the activity. In my parterre the edger plant is teucrium germander which when it blooms draws thousands of bees. If you sit quietly and watch, the edging actually softly bounces with all the activity. Thanks, Annette, I will definitely think about which native plantings would work in this potting shed garden.


  9. Sue Mayo says:

    Looking good! Can’t wait to see the finished project.


  10. dorothy says:

    This is going to be an amazing transformation. You two need to. be on TV with a home improvement show (using the right tools of course). I too vote for crepes ..they ar lovely all year with that wonderful bark and such elegance with branches coverd in snow. Whatever u do will be perfect and we will all enjoy the beauty without doing a lick of the work. Can’t wait to hear about garden event…..


    • We can’t have our own home improvement show because we don’t actually say “blankety-blank” when things go wrong. Hey, wait! Maybe that’s the ticket! A cable-ready home improvement show!!! OK, so you like the crape idea too. Duly noted!!


  11. Sandra says:

    Things are coming along well aren’t they? Looking forward to seeing the final result.


  12. Big doings at your place. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out. Glad your husband is okay…hand injuries and finger cuts are so painful…ooo…you may have to hover underneath that forklift just in case. You have a very active husband!


    • Thanks, Georgette. My husband is one of those guys who can fix anything which is a very good thing living in this old house. He was one of those little boys that tore apart and reassembled his toys for the fun of it! Thanks for reading!


  13. Sheryl says:

    It’s good to hear husband’s hand is almost better. The shed looks great.


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