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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.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A July Peek Inside My Greenhouse

It's starting to get a little dim outside but the greenhouse is still bright and cozy.  Grab a glass of wine and sit a spell 

Until I hook these chandeliers up, strings of colored lights will illuminate them.  This is very much a working space and It's been only recently that the usual layer of potting soil and fallen leaves (floor mulch) has been swept away. 

Lots of plants were lugged outside for the summer and yet the greenhouse still looks full.  I wonder how this happens?


Well, let's see, tomato plants have replaced the brugmansias and lots of plants have lots more space now than they do during the winter.


The potting bench has a new surface. 

I found these free granite pieces in the discard pile of a local business.   I loaded my trunk with them but had no idea for an application.  Too good to pass up though!  Being too lazy to make space for several buckets of these, I used most of them here and stored the rest.  They're much nicer than the dirty brown-painted wood surface beneath!

The turquoise planter on the pink table is a Mezzo Mod Dish from Steel Life with a tillandsia from Little Prince of Oregon, a centerpiece that I was lucky enough to win at the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling a couple of years ago.



Three new agaves grown by Little Prince and found at West Seattle Nursery.  I'm tempted to try these in the ground but they're so cute and fun to enjoy inside.

I ordered and got three Jatropha multifida seedlings (they were actually fairly big) from a seller on etsy last spring.  One was a bit runty and didn't make it, the other two took off like nobody's business. Being zone 10 plants, a winter in the greenhouse might be a bit risky but what's a laboratory without a bit of experimentation?  Once it got cooler in there both specimens dropped their leaves and I feared the worst but didn't toss them.  This warm spring, the larger of the two put on new leaves while the other one decided to become compost.  It's such a beautiful thing that maybe I'll drag it into the house this winter.

Some denizens of the danger gardenette didn't go out this summer as they've all grown a bit and there wasn't room for them all this year.


An homage to my pal Alison's Halloween agave decor.   It's the last picture in her post if you follow the link.

 Exciting news - the usual grey foliage of this tillandsia has turned pinky red as purple flowers appear, a sweet surprise!
High summer and the garden is full of wonders!

40 comments:

  1. Your greenhouse is such a fun place!

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  2. What are the dimensions of the greenhouse again? Looks huge and also proves to me why I should never have one as much as I want one: its space would be filled during the summer creating a crisis in the fall when previous residents had to return. :)

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    1. it's 23 x 24. It's amazing how much one can crowd plants together for the winter.

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  3. Was thinking as I ogled the pics, Greenhouse is an understatement. Super groovy.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! Come on up and see it in person sometime!

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  4. Your greenhouse is so delightfully fun and colorful and full of life! Thanks for showing us a long and loving look inside. Thanks for the link love. Even your skull homage is colorful. I still haven't figure out what to do with those monkey puzzle branches you gave me. They're so prickly, I moved them once and I'm not eager to touch them again. I guess they're people puzzle branches too.

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    1. I only touch those branches with gloves on as it makes the experience much less painful. I just found those skull beads when I was shopping for an extension cord.

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  5. Your greenhouse is such a fun looking place, we love it!!

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  6. Have you added more Tillandsia usneoides or is what you bought just multiplying like mad? It looks WONDERFUL!

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    1. Thanks. I haven't added any more, it's just happy in there.

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  7. Love that space. Love that stained glass door. The Jatropha multifida you have left is a true surviver; you must bring it in for winter. The agave protection cracks me up!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy it Chava as I have fun with it, too.

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  8. Very cool decor in your giant greenhouse! I have the same Steel Life dish from the Portland Fling and I love it.

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    1. My decorating is similar to my cramscaping garden style.

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  9. I'm speechless (and ready to move in and stay)!

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    1. Okay but you'll have to take over the watering.

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  10. What a heavenly hideaway, filled with plants, personality and passion.

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    1. Thank you Rickii, it's a fun place to be.

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  11. That is one awesome greenhouse. You find the coolest things and do great things with them. Must have a look at Jatropha multifida. Fabulous foliage it has.

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  12. Must be humid in there, the Spanish moss looks happy. Does it have little blooms?

    You know how I love getting in there to just hang out a while, if only with the pics enlarged as big as they'll go while I drool and plan.

    I stopped He-Who on his way out and said, "Remember when Peter changed his garage into a greenhouse? Look at it now!" "Looks like yours, doesn't it?" "Only 4 times bigger."

    Going out to turn off the mist and the fan, I was making fall plans despite the heat. I take such inspiration.

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    1. It's really humid when I water (every other day in hot weather) because the pots all drain right on to the floor and I do a bit of lazy floor clean-up with the hose. The Spanish moss also gets drenched with the hose but I haven't noticed any flowers. Maybe I just missed them. Your greenhouse advice and pictures were a major influence/inspiration to me. Hope all is going well in your garden!

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  13. Entering your greenhouse, even virtually, is like a trip through a fascinating curio shop. I can't believe how much you've packed in there!

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    1. It's the decorating equivalent of cramscaping. Like you, I'm a plant addict.

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  14. What an amazing place your greenhouse has become, out of this world!

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  15. I feel as though I have visited an exotic garden shop. What an exciting place full of wonderful discoveries.

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    1. Next time you're in the hood, give me a call and come on over!

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  16. I love your greenhouse. What an awesome place to work in and enjoy. You have a wondrous sense of color and design, what a treat it is to see!

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    1. Thank you Karen, that means so much coming from someone whose garden I admire as much as I do yours!

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  17. ❤️❤️❤️Very inspiring! Going to work on my solarium plants today!!

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  18. OK! (My response to your initial invitation. ;-) ) Gosh, your greenhouse is a plant-lover's heaven! Thanks for sharing the joy with your blogging family.

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    1. It's always fun to share with fellow plant addicts!

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  19. Awww! What a gorgeous greenhouse! I am with Kris. You could open your own shop. Give places like Garden Fever! in Portland and Molbaks a run for their money!

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