Saturday, March 7, 2015

Beautiful Potting Benches and the Ugly Truth

We've been so fortunate to have a few nice days of spring-like weather this week.  Little pink and white blossoms have been popping up on the trees and I think we're at the point where the lawn needs to be mowed every week.  Pinterest is filling up with the most beautiful and inspiring pictures of container gardens, potting benches, and potting sheds, so I've been pinning away on my Outdoor Spaces and Container Gardening boards.

spring planting container gardening
I went digging through the mess on my potting bench searching for some junky containers to plant.  Three is a start, right?

  Feast your eyes on some of these "in my dreams" benches and sheds.
Warning:  The last one is my reality!





Now for the ugly truth.

I feel so vulnerable,

I'm embarrassed,

my head is hung low,

I'm ashamed,

but it is what it is.....

Meet my plastic potting bench.  GASP!
  The only reason it's allowed to look this bad is because it's not visible from inside the house or the backyard.  Out of sight and out of mind, it hides in the neglected side yard along with the ugly pool equipment and air conditioner.

I guess I could call this the place where all pots and buckets hibernate for a long winter's nap, then emerge in the spring with plenty of new rust.

Rust, crust, dirt, and plenty of patina just ripe for planting.  It's never going to be Pinterest worthy, but at least it will be functional again once spring officially arrives.  Please tell me that I'm not the only one with a mess like this.



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28 comments:

  1. Hi Betsy..
    Those are all charming little potting benches.. you have the neatest stuff! You can't have it ALL together.. :) Some of my areas look like that too! Your flowers make me want to get out and get started.. Here in the White Mountains things are coming to life.. My herbs are waking up and today I heard the bees humming around our Apricot tree.
    Happy Sunday to you..
    Tamara

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  2. Oh Betsy, trust me, mine is FAR worse! Love your planted containers and what a beautiful pool.

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  3. Such cute potting benches! I'm inspired to get mine fixed up this Spring! My space looks a lot like yours!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  4. My work space is a whole lot worse than this so don't feel so bad, and no, you may not see my work space. It's horrible. On a brighter note, Betsy, you are so handy, I bet you could build any potting bench you like that would be just as pretty as your Pinterest examples.

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  5. Love your mismatched trio! And thanks for the potting bench porn! (I'll take one of each, please.) I see nothing wrong with yours, it's simply far too busy to put on lipstick and fix up its hair.

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  6. Haha! Thanks for the good laugh! Trust me, you are sooo not alone. I actually curse at myself while digging through my pathetic messes. But I think some of that is just a reflection of what our crowded creative brain looks like....;)
    On another note, that little cottage with the cathedral windows? Be still my Heart!

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  7. Oh Betsy how you made me laugh, You are very brave to have even shown your potting bench, I will certainly not be showing mine yet, it's become a dumping ground, can't find anything without me making more mess.But your junky containers look wonderful with those pretty plants. Happy potting .

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  8. The benches are all wonderful. Yes, all -- even yours! In fact, you have something that I think I may try to emulate or find one similar -- it has wheels! So many of the pots I do are large because they are holding big plants/herbs/veggies and flowers, too that they are hard to lift if not done right where they are!

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  9. Last Mothers Day my hubby built me a huge potting Bench and I Love it! There are pics somewhere on my Blog. I just picked up FREE (a leftover from a Garage Sale) a Rubbermaid Potting Bench like Yours and I Love it!! I am going to place it in a corner of the yard and put my potted Herbs on it. So I can remove them and use it for other things too. That piece Retail is so expensive and has so many different uses!! I don't see it Ugly at all! Have fun with it!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  10. No, you are not the only one with a space like that. Actually, I have way to many of them around here right now. I like your cart as it has wheels.

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  12. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for showing a real potting bench. The others are pretty but doubtful they are ever used properly. Mine is wayyyy worse so you have nothing to feel bad about ;-)

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  13. Mine is too ugly to even share. It's just a counter space in the garage with a sink close by. UGH I could make it so much better but that project is so far down the list I can't even see it. sb

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  14. Those are all great ideas, especially the little cathedral one! I have faith that you will create an amazing piece and look forward to its unveiling!

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  15. As you can see, many of us are confessing to much worse. Mine looks horrible. And now that I'm not working, it's on my list of things to get organized once and for all. I have a Rubbermaid potting table on wheels, similar to yours, and it was too small from the get-go. I use every table I have found on the curb for my potting adventures. Hopefully, I will recycle a lovely old kitchen cabinet for my new one and put it on the porch with pretties on it. Not magazine-worthy, but fun nonetheless!

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  16. My potting bench is an old wheelbarrow filled with potting soil and clay pots covered by an enamel table top. Talk about ugliness!

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  17. That's hilarious! You know what to do girl! You've got all the right pieces! Let's see it when your done arranging! Ha! Spring is sprung! Yaaaaaaaaa!

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  18. Such great potting bench inspiration I must say, but mine is worse then yours I'm sure. I use a small greenhouse that had the plastic blown off a couple of winters ago. It's perfectly functional, but it's nothing to look at... and it's on my back deck. I really need to prettify it this summer.... hopefully. I see a lot of wonderful rusty crusty stuff there.

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  19. You are not the only one that is for sure! I have an ugly messy area for pots and it might look worse!

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  20. That's exactly what mine looks like only it is on a cheap 2 tire plastic shelf hidden on the side of the house! At least yours is on a kitchen cart lol!

    Carol

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  21. I would just about bet that the people who took those photos of their nice and neat potting benches have their own little hot-mess secrets. Everyone who has a successful lifestyle blog stages for their photos. If you didn't show us, we would never have known. You showed us for yours for a reason.

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  22. You have some pretty cool stuff on your bench, that should make you happy :) ~ love the look!!!!

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  23. So I'm assuming you don't have a team of designers, stylists, gofers and cleaners and your back and call? But it is nice to dream, isn't it? :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. No reason to hang your head low...you are just keeping it real and you sure do have some great things on your bench!!
    ~Cindy

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  25. Hahaha! Don't feel bad, I brought home a baby's changing table and I set it up on my deck and used it all summer as a sweet potting bench. Then came winter....the rain actually disintegrated it because it was made out of compressed wood products. It swelled and listed and one morning I went out and it had completely fallen over - what a huge mess of dirt, pots and broken potting bench. When I went to pick it up, it literally fell apart in my hands. I had a big, mushy mess. I do love all the beautiful things you have on your ugly potting bench! My favorite is the Country Living one. I have that on my inspiration board. Someday.....right? xo Karen

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  26. We all have spots like that...mine's inside the shed lol! I see lots of wonderful goodies on that cart!

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  27. you will get there, and when you do, you have the most gorgeous pieces to fill out your shelves and the deck. it will be glorious, just remember that.

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  28. Ha ha your ugly truth is pretty cool to me! Lots of good junk!!!! Xoxo

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