It wouldn’t be a Wordless Wednesday without a few words.
For months now, Joe and I have been in south Florida so I can better manage some heart issues. Being a garden blogger without a garden has been a recurring theme in many of my recent posts.
While I’ve tried to keep myself busy with rooting some clippings and edging out beds, I just haven’t felt settled. My thoughts continually return to my potting shed, which has been dormant for too long.
The other day, though, a very large package arrived for me. Once opened, I saw the dismembered pieces of a potting bench. The pieces looked familiar. It was my New York potting bench, the one that has sat unused in an empty potting shed.
Joe, with the help of our nephew, arranged to have it shipped to me.
Once it was rebuilt, it looked a little startled to be in zone 10. This was unfamiliar territory. Where’s the cold? Where’s the snow? And just what are these small lizards that seem to be everywhere? I understood those feelings.
With a few accessories, the bench started to look more at home — and I now have a corner of the yard to call my own, a place to learn and experiment with the new plants around me.
32 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Warm Thoughts”
How lovely to have your potting bench back with you! Hopefully it will get accustomed to life in south Florida.
Hi ModernMia — as long as I don’t have to buy a hat for it and slather it in sunscreen. 🙂
I love Joe! What a great gift that was – to surprise you with your long-missed potting bench! Gives me a warm fuzzy! I see it didn’t take very long to reassemble it and get it looking like the working bench it was meant to be! Happy plantings! ❤
We started rebuilding it immediately!! I’m glad to have it back in my life. 🙂
I agree, Alesia. 🙂
What a happy day!
Hi Elaine — You said it! It was a wonderful surprise. 🙂
When I was a child I commented to a friend that I loved my bike. he said, “You can’t love a THING, only a person. She was wrong. I loved my bike and you love your potting shed!
Hi Ronnie. I think it’s very possible to love an object — and if you’re lucky, the object will love you back. 🙂
I can read your settled feeling through your words. I’m glad your bench made the trip to soothe you.
Hi PD. Me too — It was so much fun to open the box and see all of the pieces. 🙂
Joe is a gem!
I see that you are already successfully propagating croton. Isn’t it odd to be able to plant something outdoors that you always thought of as a housplant?
Hi Ann. Glad you noticed the croton. 🙂 It’s one of my favorite plants down here — and easy to propagate. And yes, Joe is a gem. 🙂
Love the description “startled.” The bench looks considerably more at ease, now that it has settled in.
Hi Maggie. At first, the bench looked like a stranger in a strange land — but I think it’s getting quite used to life under the palms. 🙂
you have such a sweet husband !!!!
I think so, too, Gwennie. 🙂
What a nice surprise! And now you have a hat and plenty of pots I see. Looks good!
Hi Brenda. Have hat and bench, will garden. The pots were really a rescue mission — when my doctors suggested I stay warm, we thought it best to bring terra-cotta pots with us. They like to be warm, too. 🙂
OH my Goodness. Joe is amazing, you are lucky. Would have loved to see the look on your face as you opened it and saw your bench, albeit in pieces! Enjoyed reading your blog, the beginning is great “well it wouldnt be wordless Wed without a few words…” cute
Hi Lilith. Far be it from me to be wordless. 🙂
What a wonderful gift! How delightful to be reunited with an old friend.:-) It’s entirely possible your potting bench will feel very at home in Zone 10 and encourage you to feel more comfortable, too!
Hi Debra. When I look at the bench now, it does look happier. I think it’s happy to see greenery all around. 🙂
It’s the little things.
Hi Sarah. You said it.
Wow…so insightful! Enjoy!
Hi Maria. You can count on it. 🙂
I have Work bench Envy
Hi Dorris. Whenever you want to pot anything, come on over. 🙂
I love potting benches. I can understand how you missed yours – what a lovely surprise. Always great to read your blog, Kevin 🙂
Hi Flavia. It was a great surprise — and I’m always glad when you stop by the garden. I’m sure your part of the world is just beginning. 🙂