A Gorgeous Potting Bench for Fall
Fall is officially here but we are still enjoying the best of weather. It has even been downright hot for a few days but it cools down fast with the shortness of the day. Much of my garden has faded but I am getting my floral fix.
I have been loading up on Mums. The local garden center has them at a very affordable price and the ones I bought last year have done fabulous in the ground so I don’t feel bad for gathering up as many as my budget allows.
We built this potting bench a few years ago and it has been one of the most used pieces we have built yet. This sits on our back deck and can be seen from our dining room sliding glass doors, which means it is seen from the living room as well.
I use this as a place to display the latest seasons delights but also it is used as a sideboard when we entertain, a potting bench when I am working on plants and as a back drop for some of my photography.
If you wish to see it in all seasons then go ahead and click HERE, POTTING BENCH THROUGH THE SEASONS.
My nephews brought me the little pine cones stacked in the small metal basket, they collected them on a trip to one of our local parks with Grandma just for me.
And the larger gigantic cones I collected from the woods across from my house. Those are from the Sugar Pines and will give you a concussion if they fall on your head or put a dent in the roof of your car. They typically fall from the trees with help from the squirrels when they are still green and very heavy. If you are in the piney woods and you hear what sounds like a missile dropping then duck and run. Once they are open and dry they are virtually harmless, though still sticky and gooey with pitch.
Do you like my vintage crock?
I love it and was thrilled when I spotted it online, my favorite little shop posted it on Facebook and thankfully I was on then or I would’ve missed it. It will sit close to my wood-stove this winter loaded with the pine cones, which we use as kindling, they light a fire lickety split. Might be the pitch in them.
The little toolbox was one of my projects as well and it works great for displaying the 4 inch pots of flowers you get at the nursery, like these mums. (for see how to build click here DIY TOOLBOX)
The little pumpkin is from my garden. They grew from some ornamental pumpkins I bought two years ago then tossed into the compost heap when they were mushy and done. I was going to try to grow an eating pumpkin this last summer but because of the drought I did not attempt it after all. Maybe next summer.
The Fall Scrabble tiles was a fun project and I made sure to have tutorials on how to paint both the Autumn leaves for the one side and an orange pumpkin for the other. I just need to buff on a coat of wax and they will go to their new home.
The mason jar has a solar lid that lights up at night, it casts a soft glow when it is dark.
The old ladder setting beside the potting bench has a couple more mums displayed on it with some draping sweet potato vine. I love the tendril of chartreuse color.
There is a Japanese Maple in the galvanized tub that will soon turn golden as the nights begin to cool more adding even more Autumn fun to the rest.
The only thing I think that would’ve made it just a bit better is Sunflowers. Maybe I can paint some to add here somewhere.
Next project is decking out my studio cottage porch for Fall as well.
As far as my garden I have been cleaning up the faded flowers and planting broccoli, brussel sprouts and lettuce in my veggie patch, seeding for next Spring and separating my Iris‘.
I am enjoying this fine Fall weather and I am psyching myself up for winter. I plan on enjoying any and all wet or snowy weather we may be blessed with this season.
Happy Fall everyone!