Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Potting Shed & Backyard

Many of you have emailed asking to see more of the outdoor spaces around our home.  Well . . . here ya go. 

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Several years ago we built this multi-functional Potting Shed in the backyard.  We love the look of the cedar shakes!  We store bird seed behind the red doors.  Clay pots & soil are kept handy for transplanting on the handy top surface above the doors. Rakes & long handled tools are stored in the barrel inside the opening.  


We attach leather straps to our favorite tools and keep them handy by hanging them from an old Tobacco Stick drying rack.

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Since our property is mostly ledge, raised beds are a necessity.  Here we have beds for Runner Beans, Cukes, Zucchini, Squash, Peppers & Tomatoes. 

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We recently reworked Sasha’s Garden with old brick around the beds.  The backdrop is Quince, which produces gorgeous salmon colored flowers in the Spring.  Nestled in the beds are Peonies, Coral Bells, Wild Irises, Chocolate plants & Catmint.  Self seeding Forget-Me-Nots & thyme spread between the bricks. 


Two Cherry trees mark the entrance to the raised beds.  Inside ~ White Irises, Dianthus, Columbine, False Indigo, Bee Balm & Catmint are in bloom.  You will notice that at the base of the trees we made a ring of old bricks to make trimming & weeding easier.  Inside the ring we planted Forget-Me-Nots. 


In the center of the raised beds a cement birdbath entices birds on hot days for a drink or a dip in the “pool.”  The fan tailed pigeon statuary is one of our favorites and in winter, rather than stow it away we bring it inside to admire.   


Sandy said...

Oh what a beautiful yard you have! I love everything and it looks all so inviting. But that potting shed is my favorite by far. It is sooo cute and it looks like everything is placed all so well but all so great!

Thanks for the tour!


chandeliers said...

I am so jealous, i love it!

The Brickhouse said...

(love your blog)

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Love the potting shed! Your raised beds are so pretty! All the flowers are gorgeous. What a beautiful place!


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Just prim the potting shed, everything is just beautiful!

basketsnprims said...

Your flowers are just beautfiul & your shed is charming. We have a raised bed for veggies, too. I remember seeing your forgetmenots blooming in the brick. Love it all.

Lisa said...

WOW - What a beautiful retreat!! I love your potting shed and how you have it so neatly organized and your raised flowerbeds are just absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing... I really enjoyed it!!


Anonymous said...

Just wonderful! You boyz seem to have the magic touch!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

I love it all. The potting shed is perfect. I love cedar shakes too. So New England! Your raised beds look like they are doing well despite the rainy June we have. I hope you have lots to harvest and maybe some new recipes using your produce!

What a great idea to put a ring of old brick aroud the trees! I have to keep that one in mind.

Each post you make is a delight. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your home - inside and out!

hugs, Linda

dog trot farm said...

Could I inquire where you purchased the pea foul statue, is it offered in your catolog? I so admire your home and grounds. I too am a lover of shakes, we built a shaked bowed roof home.

CHL said...

We believe that we purchased the Pea Fowl Statue many moons ago at Sweet Woodruff in Wiscasset. She has a wonderful shop on main street featuring garden related items along with antiques and herbs. Haven't seen any in our recent travels but you might give Evelyn a jingle at (207) 882-8166 to check. Tell her the boyz from Circa sent ya. Hope this helps.

dog trot farm said...

Thanks so much for the info!

chandeliers said...

I love you garden.

Vickie said...

Found your blog awhile back. I really love your style. I'm slowly working toward getting my little cottage and garden areas all orderly and beautiful. You've given me some great ideas - keep 'em coming!

UPON A HILL said...

I love , love, love, everything about it!

Ann said...

Your yard is wonderful. Can you come make a house call and help me? Thanks for the inspirations! ~Ann

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed looking at and ordering from your catalog for a long time. It's wonderful to see you in person.
I was enticed to look at this site after I got your new catalog with your new name. Thank Goodness the "name" of your business is all that's changed! I envy you your gorgeous home, inside and out!!!!!!
October 23, 2009

Heather said...

oh, sigh! this is my dream garden! I love the simple country feel. I cant wait to have more yard to make one of my own!~