Plotting & Planning

 By the time the ground begins to thaw, I have already spent hours plotting & planning for my favorite time of year.  Spring has finally arrived in the Bluegrass and I am ready!
photo courtesy of Country Gardens
The real workhorse of my garden is my potting bench. A place where I study my garden & my life.
photo courtesy of Roland Bello
Ask my family, they will tell you, this is my garden alter. A place where I feel balanced.
photo courtesy of Roland Bello
 Having it well stocked saves valuable time & energy.
Here are a few staples that I can't get through the season without!
protection from the sun
lined leather gloves
a gift for a gardener friend
Gracie & Lisa Porter
a good listener
photo courtesy of Garden Style
 record of where I planted what
seed spacing tools
brushes for keeping things tidy...right
natural coir pots can be planted right into the ground
barometer & thermometer for tracking changes in the weather
willow cloche for protecting young plants
willow basket for collecting
photo courtesy of Traditional Home
more plans...
natural twine & twine & more twine
a good plan of attack
and a trap or two
 dependable old friends
small & sturdy ones too!
willow surround to keep things naturally organized
good lighting for when you just don't want the day to end
and always something waiting for tomorrow...
photo courtesy of Why Soil Matters
Are you ready?
all photos courtesy of Petersham Nursuries unless noted


LPC said...

What a glorious post. I want to own every single thing that you showed. No, but really, I do need new gardening gloves...

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful pictures, Lisa! I am not ready yet, although I'm working on it. I have some baskets and decorative items all set to go. I've got the list in my head for plants {which I really should put to paper before I forget} and I'm eager to get going.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yep. I'm ready...sorta kinda.

Beautiful images and inspiration!

Vitania said...

Lisa - you are my Hero! I am not ready, but this beautiful gallery of imagfes has me so inspired..

Jo said...

I've got the itch bad! I can't wait to get my hands dirty.

You've been on my mind this week. I need to chat with you about roses.

The photos in your post are just lovely. I think I need a potting shed now :)


Coty Farquhar said...

Mmmmmmmmmm beautiful images Lisa,

Happy Gardening, I can just picture you in your garden. It's raining here today and quite dark and all the leaves are falling from the trees. It's quite nice to be indoors. I'm still a little dizzy, (no jokes o.k.) but getting better each day. Australian school holidays start this week Wednesday, where did the last term go????

Talk soon,
xxx Coty

Dumbwit Tellher said...

What a glorious gardener you are Lisa and truly a fun post. I love to garden but don't have the space that you do. I haven't quite taken to it here in Texas, just not the same as the West Coast. But, I with you as a 'sister of the soil'. I do love the therapy digging & nurturing provides. Good for the soul, just like friends.
Happy gardening to you! xx

Karena said...

Lisa I am very impressed. I used to have a green thumb and love to garden. Now in my condominium I plant for the deck and pots outside the front door!

Giveaway is up on my site.

Art by Karena

Renee Finberg said...

this was a great post.
i loved every image, and every word.
i enjoy gardening as well.
it is so rewarding...
and relaxing.

Debra Phillips said...

oh my lisa, if your tools and garden necessities are this lovely please share your garden.
your potting bench is magical!

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

So lovely Lisa and your potting bench is spotless!! I miss my old garden a lot, especially in these exciting first weeks of the season. Here at the beach, we only have perennial lavender in the ground. The rest is in pots. Happy spring gardening to you and Gracie. PS... I could only spot my dachshund Billy in the garden from moving plants! He miss it too. ;) Barbara

Renae said...

I can see I need some new supplies to garden. My mom was not a gardner and so I didn't learn the art while growing up. I love beautiful flowers and think I will put some energy into growing some this year!
You inspire me.

Fifi Flowers said...

Oooooh FAB plans... j'adore Spring and all the wonderful flowers it brings!!!

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness, cannot believe I've been missing out on your beautiful blog for so long! I found you via a comment you left over at Colour Me Happy (another fantastic new find) and I'm so glad I did. Beautiful artwork, gorgeous photos...bliss! Now an avid follower!
Kerri xx

Maria Killam said...

What a beautiful post (as always), I am unforunately moving this spring so I can't plant anything yet!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Lisa,
We're getting ready! Your list of odds and ends for the garden has inspired me all the more. Love your beautiful blog. And have playing outside today! Trina

Alicia said...

Spring green with envy!!! How I miss the dark earth beneath my fingernails with all my hardwork blossoming. Spend some time in the dirt for me.

Maman de trois petit rois said...

Beautiful and inspiring!