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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Building bee frames and a potting shed tour!

When My Shug and I bought our house, we knew we would never move. We loved the house and the neighborhood, and it's on a double lot, in town, close to everything. The double lot was a bonus because we both love gardening. And he built me a potting shed. Then...we started talking of moving to the country....on this land that we fell in love with. As you know, that's another story. And I said, "the only way I'll ever move is if I get another potting shed." I love my potting shed.

It's a bit messy right now because it's full of stuff that I always take in during the winter months. Statuary for the gardens and such. But this year, I'm not putting that stuff back out. I'm moving it.
In the last few days I've been in my potting shed making bee frames.

This is how the bee frames arrive.

In about 6 pieces...and you have to nail each piece together, just so.

And I have a lot of frames to make, and get on my hives, before my trip. I need to give my bees something to do in hopes that they don't swarm. Everything is about a month earlier than normal this year, in regards to the weather, which affects the bees.

So I decided to go to my potting shed, for one last season, and build frames.

And before you ask, I cannot take it with me, it's on a permanent poured concrete foundation. We were never going to move. The windows came from our house, when we replaced them with new windows.

My roses are blooming right now, outside the window where I build my frames.

This is the doorway leading into the greenhouse. The potting shed is two rooms. The actual shed part of the building, and the greenhouse.

I've randomly put mementos on the walls from trips we've taken.

I bought the plaque from a fellow gardener friend, Patti Beck. I usually put it on the garden fence during the summer months.

This picture looks huge, but it isn't. It's a seed packet from the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan. We did not stay at the Grand Hotel, but we did have a drink on the porch, and walked all over the grounds...another story.

More seed packets from the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina.

A poster from Savannah, Georgia. (Have you ever read the book or seen the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?"

A poster from the market in Charleston, South Carolina. One of my favorite places, but not our gardening zone, so I can't really use the guide to garden.

My messy greenhouse...

I can watch my beehives from my greenhouse windows.

which reminds me, I gotta stop goofing off...and get busy building more frames for my bees!

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Cindy Bee


  1. LOVE your greenhouse! Look at you, building your own bee frames, you go!

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is on both my favourite book And favourite film list. Wasn't Kevin Spacey just perfect for his part?

  2. Your potting shed is fantastic! I could get lost in there for hours and hours...maybe ever days and days!

  3. Oh I love it, our garden is too small, but I'd love a potting shed like that. Looking forward to seeing the bees soon xx

  4. Hi Jacqueline,
    Yes Kevin Spacey was perfect for that part. I thought John Cusak did a good job too. And what about Jude Law...look how much he has changed since then! I think they were all good in it. I loved the show, but it's one movie I understood a whole lot better after reading the book.

    And thanks for the potting shed comments everyone. I have gotten lost in there for hours, and it really doesn't matter how large or small your garden is, it's a nice place to hang out, work on stuff, store stuff for the garden, etc.

    Cindy Bee

  5. Cindy, You are a busy lady. I love that you care for bees.I would have loved having a beehive of my own. Such fascinating creatures. It would be hard to leave that wonderful potting shed behind. Your sweet shug is a hard working man. Smiles to you,xo, Susie

  6. Hi Cindybee, I loved the tour.
    One of my favourite things in the world is potting sheds.
    In fact, one of the most worn books I have is called 'Potting places', full of potting sheds and such.

    I just love to drool over it.
    The seed packet of cornflowers I think was my pick from your photos.

    Just imagine what a beautiful potting shed you can build when you move.

    How hard is it to have bees Cindy? I have always imagined it to something terribly complicated.



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