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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Greenhouse Progress Update

After a couple of free Saturdays, almost all of the fall bulbs are planted!  Only five hundred crocus and a hundred or so tulips left to go.  I also had the chance to play inside the greenhouse a little bit.  


I couldn't decide which table to use so why not both?  The rug came from Dig Nursery many years ago.


There are more retro light fixtures to hang yet but its a start.  The wood panels in the background were saved from the dumpster about 10 years ago and have been sitting around .  Should I paint the wood part of the screens? 


A couple of other things that have been hanging around, the shelf came from the glass room where plants used to spend the winter.  The legs were in the garden for years.  I'm thinking that it needs a plant cascading over it.

There are still plants that need to be potted up but ther's no hurry now that they're safely inside. 

More plants keep finding their way inside.

 There are now clear strings of lights on every third truss thanks to Tom's work.  They are lovely at night!

This crazy Albuca bracteata (Pregnant Onion) has decided that it likes having really long leaves.  I'm wondering if keeping a Yucca 'Bright Star' inside will keep it from getting those irritating brown spots.


Space reserved for the geranium cuttings when I get them into pots.


I'm hoping that the brugmansias will bloom on and off this winter. 


The table was a garage sale find that also used to live in the glass room. 


 That's all for now but even after taking the pictures, I was adding more stuff.  I'm having a lot of fun with this space which last year at this time was a total mess!
 Happy new week!

40 comments:

  1. Loving your garage conversion Peter! It looks so fun and you certainly have so many fun things too apart from the fab plants. The space just looks so inviting to spend time in!

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    1. It will be nice to have a dry place to enjoy plants in the winter. I'm only keeping it at about 40 degrees so I don't know how long I'll linger when it gets really cold out.

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  2. It´s gorgeous. It reminds me of a nursery full with great plants.

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  3. Peter -- looking like a great place to hang out during the winter. Really nice!

    I'd love to see a close-up view of the panels before I opine on painting. I'm leaning toward "no paint!" but need a better look.

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    1. Thanks, Alan, I'm looking forward to having an indoor garden to play in during the winter! The wood on the panels is nice. They're very 70's which gives them some charm which I fear painting might take away.

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  4. it's so fabulous. that's dedication.

    also, people down the street have a torso. coincidence? i think not. maybe they should meet.

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    1. Thanks, Particia, I don't know if shows dedication or insanity but it makes me happy.

      Interesting about the people down the street. Could be quite a love story. I can just hear it now, "You complete me!"

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  5. Do not paint the panels -- I feel like Pete in Oh, Brother Where Art... intoning, "Do not seek the treasure."

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    1. I will follow your advice as it's always good! I don't think painting would really work for them as 70's stuff does not lend itself to the shabby chic look.

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  6. You have the best stuff to decorate with! I love that half mannikin, you should definitely plant something with bits that hang down in it. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Yucca 'Bright Star.' I spent the weekend out in my greenhouse too, sorting it out. Finally got everything inside, and it all fits with room to spare.

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    1. There are occasional benefits of being a pack rat! Glad that you got everything safely inside for the winter. There's always a feeling of relief when all the plants are tucked into their winter homes.

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  7. It's wonderful, the rug is perfect. What a great way to use all the awesome stuff you have collected. Wait on painting the panels and see if other things can brighten up that spot first.

    When brugmansia bloom indoors the scent is amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. The brugmansias are blooming now but I haven't noticed a strong scent. Maybe I should crank the heat up to help the fragrance waft the way it does so beautifully on warm summer evenings.

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  8. Yep, it's like a plant store. I'd like to go shopping in there! Great rug, don't paint the panels, and you've reminded me to bring in my mosaic-seat chairs before the weather gets them. Thank you for the mind-boggling views of your new fantasy land.

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    1. The fact that I love plant stores may have influenced it a bit. Thank you for your kind words & do come shop anytime you find yourself in Tacoma!

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  9. INSANE!!! Can I come live in your garage/greenhouse? I swear, it looks like a store! Love it!

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    1. When you said, "Insane," I knew you were talking to me:) Sure, come on up and live there. Thanks for your kind words.

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  10. Fabulous…It could be a fancy plant boutique !

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    1. It still needs some re arranging but that's what winter's for, right?

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  11. That's the flashiest greenhouse I've ever seen! I agree with Linda - it could be a plant boutique. And, like Gerhard, I want to live there. I love that glass table - and the hanging fixtures. And all the color...

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    1. Looks like there'll be a few folks living out there. Hope you all get along. Glad you like the color - I've never been really good at subtle and tasteful.

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  12. Turned out great! I like the natural wood color, it's keeps everything "warmer".
    The garage is no longer a mere winter shelter: all the knick-knacks you spread around, the lighting, the sitting accommodation made it a fun filled room. Where will you put the espresso machine? When we look out the window at our winter gardens and sigh, you'll be sitting at your tropical paradise sipping coffee!

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    1. You know, there is an espresso machine in the basement that's never been used. Hmm. I'm glad you like all the stuff, there's more that will make its way out there over the next few weeks.

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    2. Oh my, there is a basement too? I'd love to go on a treasure hunt in your house...

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  13. Now THAT is a greenhouse...I am currently in the process of reconstructing mine from visqueen to polycarbonate...I thought mine was impressive being 12 X24 with electricity and plumbing...I stand in awe!

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    1. Wow! Indoor plumbing would be sweet. I've put out a lot of water catchers that will supply enough water to keep the plants happily watered for the winter. In the summer, I'll drag a hose down. I really only wanted /needed a smaller space but there was no bit of ground in my small garden that I wanted to give up and this structure was just sitting there collecting junk.

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    2. Tootsie of Tootsie Time uses a hose and fills large plastic lidded containers -- may be garbage cans -- and dips out water as needed. Several water-filled fifty gallon containers will go a long way mediating temperatures inside the greenhouse.

      Just bring a half gallon of fresh water from the house for the expresso machine. Sunny days in winter it will warm up in there enough to have expresso and sit around -- or putter.

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  14. It's beginning to look like an atelier. Do you suppose that, in future, the gardening world will envy our inside status a la Gertrude Stein? That's assuming that we all get to visit soon and often.

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    1. Oh my. Really, it's just a garage filled with funky discarded junque. I do hope that you will all visit soon and often!

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  15. I saw a big Begonia luxurians for sale, half price, at a nursery the other day and thought of yours and was tempted, but I've had rotten luck with this begonia lately. I bow down to you, oh, king of begonias! The greenhouse is getting quite the personality now -- what a great hangout.

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    1. I wish I knew the secret of growing this begonia so nicely. I just water it and it grows. Maybe a little food in the spring. I usually cut it off by half so that it'll fit in my car as it sometimes spent the winter in my classroom. I haven't re potted it in years and it sometimes dries out horribly.

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  16. It looks great! Those plants all look so snug out of the rain. As to the panels, I like the wood. It brings the color and texture of the rafters down. You could add some color from that rug, maybe incorporate some of the pattern, too, and create a piece that ties the floor and ceiling together.

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    1. Thanks, Evan. Blue and orange beams perhaps?

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  17. SO COOL! Love all the colours and all the quirky touches. I'm sure it's magical with those fairy lights on. My pregnant onion's leaves are only half that length, that's amazing. Has it always been up so high? Maybe if I position it higher they will grow longer. I'd leave the wooden screen unpainted :)

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    1. Thanks, Amy. The wood will stay unpainted. The pregnant onion wasn't always up that high but as the leaves kept growing I kept moving it higher and higher.

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  18. What a plant lovers dreamland, I bet your in heaven!

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    1. It is nice to have all of the inside-wintering plants in one place. It's strange but I only seem to go out there to work (still bringing in the former contents of the garage and finding fun junque in the basement to take out.)

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  19. Be still my heart! I'd like to move in and winter there myself!

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