Sunday, November 21, 2010

My greenhouse

Before I take one step towards the greenhouse, I have something I especially want to do (I don't know if this is blog ettiquette or not, but I'm going ahead, anyway!).

Today Gina, from Antique Art Garden, paid me a visit - her first and I do hope it won't be her last. She authors two blogs and I have been avidly following her art garden blog since discovering it several months back.  Gina is a most inspiring woman and her blog is well-worth visiting.  If you're anything like I am, you're certainly going to be hooked!  WELCOME to Driftwood Ramblings, Gina!

OK, now I'll cut to the chase without further delay and introduce you to my very own little sanctuary...!!!

Looking into the greenhouse (brick paving still new).

It was a gift from my husband and he spent approximately two days putting it all together for me.  Before it could be erected, we had to level the selected spot where it was destined to live.  This proved a far more daunting exercise than we'd anticipated and, in the end, to make sure it was done properly, we appointed a brickpaving team to do the manual labour.  Our plot has a fair slope to it in an east-westerly direction and we have quite a number of large trees shading the garden, so we chose the bottom, westerly corner of the property and cleared away a good sized section of the existing garden and then had to have it built up a tad to get the levels right.  

Newly erected greenhouse viewed from newly constructed garden path (Nov/Dec 2009).

The picture above shows what it looked liked a few weeks after construction.
Both the path and two circular, paved, seating areas (previous 3 posts) were constructed at the same time.  It was all very much a work in progress for at least three months and I spent hours out there at a time, often only coming indoors well into the evening.  The large shrub to the right is a gardenia - it had been growing in a pot for years and I felt this was the perfect spot to allow its debut as an in-ground plant.  The perfume from its creamy white flowers gave us so much pleasure last season and from the many buds it is busily producing this year, I'm expecting an even better show.  The asparagus fern was also growing in a pot and had reached a good size, so it, too, was allowed to spread its roots into newly composted soil. 

I have been busily adding to those first tentative plantings and will need to take some current pictures very soon so you can see the changes since these pictures were taken.

For now, I'll show you a selection of those I have to hand.  Not much explanation is required other than to say the new brick inside the greenhouse is now covered in a mossy carpet and I'm delighted to see teeny tiny ferns beginning to push through the cracks between the bricks.  To me, this is how a greenhouse ought to be - sweet smelling, damp and mossy.  

Looking out towards the wetland garden (behind the green fence) from the greenhouse.

These plants have nearly all found homes in the garden.

The beginnings of our first, homegrown tomatoes - they grew rampant, but did not produce as many fruits as we'd hope for!  This year, I'm trying them outdoors.

The newly purchased roses were potted out into bigger pots after they'd flowered and have been putting on a lovely show this year! (Reminder to self - get out the camera!!!)
The day lilies are doing nicely in their new spot outdoors.
The peace lilies have found a home beside my garden path.
I love angels in the garden.
My amaryllis is putting out new green leaves for this year's showing - I'm holding thumbs the flowers will be as lovely!
This is an indigenous bulb, and produces the most exquisite blossoms in an array of lovely hues.  However, I need to check up on the name again!
Everything was still shiny & new - a year later, all is aging superbly in the damp, warm confines of the greenhouse.  I love the soothing sound of my little water feature and frequently float blossoms in the basin.

Clivias do so well here (indigenous to South Africa, of course).  They were lovely this year, flowering in their new home in the garden.
This airplant has grown a lot, but did not flower. There is a huge one in my Japanese elm It does not flower either.  I have a tiny one that does!

My ferns were dying to get out into the garden.  They are doing well a year later!

This beauty was purchased last year.  I have two cymbidium varieties which we split into several pots and they've taken very successfully.

These were all eagerly awaiting their turn to be planted outdoors.

Doing this post has made me realise I need to update my pictures...urgently.  Seasons come and go so quickly and the changes in the garden are often quite dramatic.  It's not that I don't make time to take it all in - simply a case of not being the family photographer!  My husband and son were at me all of last year to start taking pictures and eventually I sucumbed.  I have a small point and shoot, but it more than caters to my amateur needs. In our home, it's the two men who take really amazing pictures.  My daughter is also pretty hot stuff...when she remembers to take her camera with her!  I guess I've relied too heavily on them to do these things for me in the past, so one of the benefits to me of writing this blog is that I'll need to be a lot more proactive in future.

Now, where did I put my little camera?????  Oh, drat!  The light is definitely not favourable this evening (wink, wink)

Look at everything
as though you were seeing it
either for the first
or last time. 
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  1. I do believe you were fishing for photo compliments, as your pics surpass most other blogs, without a doubt. A please don't plaster your name all over them like some other bloggers do, it really takes away from the beauty of a picture to do that ( you don't watermark them ). Your greenhouse is wonderful and so neat and tidy. Your garden is a stunner too, really spectacular. I have no idea about the seasons over there, tell us in comparison so we will know. Your blog , and you , are quite fun. Keep up the excellent posts, take care, Gina

  2. Dear Desiree,
    You visited my blog and left such a nice comment so I had to stop and see yours. I am so glad I did, you have a beautiful garden and a gem of a husband that gave you a greenhouse as a gift!

    I love your pictures and look forward to seeing more. I see you also have a love of four legged furry kids like I do. Very cute pictures and captions.


  3. Gina:

    No, I truly wasn't fishing for compliments & no, I'm not going to watermark any of my pictures. That's also one of the many things I LOVE about you - you share so freely! It's refreshing. Thank you for thinking both my blog and I are fun - I'll try not to disappoint ;) Big hug, Des xoxo


    Ah, how wonderful to meet you! As I'd said on your blog, you have been inspiring me hugely with your own spectacular garden and your use of vibrant, happy colours! I absolutely LOVE what you're doing and am a regular visitor, so please keep the posts coming!
    Big hug, Des xoxo

  4. I was looking forward to seeing your greenhouse (mentioned on your previous post). I knew it would be special and it is! I'm staggered at the variety of plants you have in it. They all look so healthy.


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