There was a greenhouse on the property when we moved in. A stamp in concrete says it was built in 1977 and when I first saw it , it gave me goose bumps. Roof glass was mainly broken , ready to fall down and it was quite dangerous to be in. One fine spring day in 2010 it collapsed. I do not remember if there was a storm or just from an old age. When I walked outdoors there it was….down. I swear that I was picking broken pieces of glass for another 5 years. Eventually we cleaned the area out from all the greenhouse debris and eventually it became a field for my “production area” ….. but mainly a field of weeds .
I was promised a new one and after 8 years , my OH built me a new building which I really cannot call greenhouse because there is not much sun in. Although, It is very attractive structure. We put a cedar shingle roof and few skylights. It is snugged right against the forest which blocks the sun in the afternoon. This kind of roof is more practical in this spot because in winter storms big branches brake and most likely would damage the glass roof. So I call it a “HUT” .
In early spring in 2018 the building went up quickly because the walls were put together in the shop over winter. We used an old door which came out from the main house in the time of remodeling. I will be painting it pale green .
Skylights are in
Putting the glass in was not an easy task because of the custom sizes of windows.
Wood shingles are coming on in the middle on April:
It is all done on outside and maybe usable but at this point just few details on inside need to be added:
This is how it looks now .Our neighbour and friend made these chairs and OH painted them. The dog is nor a real animal. A little statue I call Tacko. . He looks realistic and very cute.
We put a stained glass on top of the large window (north side) which gave it a nice touch.
The new counter is still pretty empty until I decide what I actually will use it for. Maybe I can pick up an interest in growing orchids or making bonsai. Both could be interesting hobbies. I really do not know anything about either of them. The plant in front is a “future” coffee tree.
So far I have red banana tree and an artichoke. I also bought a passion flower but it really does not like it there.
The inside has girlish feel with all my nick-nacks
I am sure this will be a pleasant place to be in the winter when all the gardens go to sleep. Although, so far there is no power for lights and I will use a propane heater to keep the temperature above 0 deg Celsius at night
Meet my new deer friend. I named him Sebastian. He comes every day and can make a mess in the garden. We try to let him stay away from front gardens with motion activated sprinkles. There are few plants in there that are on his menu.
Browsing though the forest I came across this interesting plant which was about 20″ tall..
Not knowing what it was I had to search the net to find out.
Corallorhiza maculate – also known as western coralroot
Little blur picture below shows little orchid like flowers. I was delighted that it is in orchid family. There are no leaves and no photosynthetic green tissues. The stems bear dark red scales and intricate orchid flowers. Roots feed of forest floor fungi thus it is parasitic. Apparently it is common around here but it is first time I noticed it and was quite delighted it found a home in our forest.
Better picture of the single flower is here: