Outdoor This & That 14: Another Potting Bench

I just got back from a four day trip to visit my older children and grandkids.  I think some of my flowers doubled in size while I was gone, thanks to my husband who kept them watered during a hot spell here.

When I purchased my new "sink topped" potting bench this spring, I gave away my old Menard's workbench kit/potting bench.  In previous years, I used to display my watering can collection on the old bench.  

The sink bench did not have a tall enough bottom shelf for the watering can collection, so I pulled out yet another Menard's workbench (found in our shed), that had once been used as a TV/Stereo stand for my oldest daughter at her college apartment.  I added a coat of semi-transparent outdoor stain, and it was perfect for watering cans on the deck side of my house.  This is a folding wooden workbench that I think I originally purchased for about $40.

This folding bench is quite a bit narrower than the old one, but it held four watering cans and a couple birdhouses very nicely.  



The bench was placed in a bed of creeping and wooly thyme and sedums.  A rusty milk can and farm tools complete the outdoor vignette.

And, between the sedums and the hostas is an old painted window screen with daisies and dragonflies from a local shop "The Tattered Angel" and three terra cotta pots of coleus.





I took over the watering chores today, but I have a lot of dead heading to do later on this week.  Nice to see the kids but nice to be home too.

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9 comments:

  1. I love it. I really need to find a potting bench. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Whew! I thought you were going to say your plants withered and died while you were away. Kudos to your hubby for keeping them happy and ALIVE!

    I like the idea of a folding potting bench. It looks cute and you can store it inside during the winter. Cute painted screen, too!

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  3. Aww...glad you got to see the grands! Yay for your guy to keep up with the watering. Um...you found that bench in your shed???!!! I want to shop in your shed!! Then..I want to go to that Tattered Angel shop because you have gotten some very cool stuff there!

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  4. I'm with Danni! Your shed is full of treasures Carlene! I would bet dollars to donuts that Mr. B would not take as good of care of my flowers as your Mr. did should I leave for a few days!!

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  5. Love your watering can collection on the bench in your garden! And the rusty milk can! You always have the greatest vintage accessories in your summertime garden.
    Mary Alice

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  6. That's perfect for the watering can collection. Glad to hear the flowers survived your absence.

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  7. I need to come shop your shed. That turned out great. laurie

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  8. That is a great potting bench!

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  9. Carlene, perfect for displaying your watering cans. We are having record heat. Having a hard time keeping things looking good. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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