I’ve always wanted a potting bench. Just typing out the words ‘potting bench’ makes me feel as though I should be walking through my peaceful English garden wearing a long, flowing dress, wide-brimmed floppy hat and carrying a basket over one arm filled with cuttings from my flower beds. I would take them over to my hand-crafted potting bench, select the perfect vessel for them and create gorgeous arrangements without ever getting a speck of dirt on my long, flowing dress.
But, I don’t have an English garden. And the last time I wore a long flowing dress I kept tripping over it when I had to climb stairs. I have some rose bushes but I wear flip-flops to snip their blooms and I have yet to be able to put plants in a pot without winding up covered in dirt.
And, my potting bench comes from Big Lots.
But, as in all good love stories, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
And sometimes a few accessories help to enhance that natural beauty.
Like mason jars filled with lavender.
And a variety of pots waiting for the right plants.
Maybe a vintage galvanized bucket could be used to hold soil (It makes me sound more gardener-y to say ‘soil’ instead of ‘dirt’ right?)
And a metal scooper-thing-a-ma-jig that reminds you of something Laura Ingalls would have used to drink water from Plum Creek.
My potting bench might not be nestled in the English countryside, but it still brings a touch of simple beauty and nostalgia to my little corner of suburbia.
Now if I could only figure out how to keep it from getting dirty….
And my potting bench and I lived happily ever after!