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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.

Friday, November 3, 2017

It's Getting Crowded in Here.

Gardening in zone three, I remember seeing pictures of gardens where plants like roses, rhododendrons, and even Hedera helix grew in the ground and didn't have to be brought inside for the winter.  What an amazing thing it must be not to drag plants inside during the cold season.  Now, gardening in zone eignt, I take those and many other hardy plants for granted and drag a whole gaggle of other plants inside for the winter.  (Crazy!)   Since I've had a greenhouse, both the number and size of the tender plant collection have grown.  Most of the plants in the greenhouse were brought home in gallon sized pots or smaller.  The greenhouse is a delightful extra garden room in the summer but during these cold months, it's become a crowded, difficult to navigate jungle. Come on in and take a look. One at a time please, there's very little space not taken up by the green residents of the place. 



The funny thing is, it doesn't seem any less crowded outside even with all of these plants stacked in here.

No friends, it's not pretty but it's still fun to mosey down with a hose and water the plants every week or so.






Waiting patiently (the plants, not the gardener) for warm days to return. 

The possibility of snow falling  on Friday has me longing for spring already. 

Keep warm and have a wonderful weekend all!
 

34 comments:

  1. Snow? Interesting about zones, we're both in Zone 8 but we'll be 88 this weekend, no snow in sight.

    I see an empty spot, right there in the last photo about in the middle, on that wire shelf. You could tuck another plant in there, no problem. You and your plants stay warm this weekend.

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    1. 45 is the predicted high here. 88 sounds divine! There was snow falling but it didn't stick. Leaves and snow falling at the same time - interesting.

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  2. I've been thinking about your healthy and happy Tillandsia usneoides now that I've brought mine inside for the winter. Do you mist it? Hose it? And most importantly, where will the second greenhouse go?

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    2. I hose it down every week or so & in the spring I attached a hose fertilizer thingy and sprayed it with tillandsia and bromeliad fertilizer. Another greenhouse? That's just crazy talk.

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  3. A glorious tropical paradise. Is a french chanson till playing in the background?
    (and you don't need another greenhouse :-D)

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    1. Sometimes that C.D. gets played but often in the cold months when I'm out there watering or battling bugs, it's whatever is on the classical radio station. I couldn't imagine having another greenhouse.

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  4. It's a good thing triffids don't really exit, or you would absolutely get eaten alive out there and never be seen again. Maybe you should double check and make sure no alien plants are hiding in there.

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    1. Yikes, thanks for the warning! I'll be sure to check this weekend.

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  5. So when are you going to erect a conservatory over the whole garden? I just sent off a couple of my larger tender plants to spend winter with a friend who has a bigger greenhouse. Not enough room in my tiny greenhouse!

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    1. Erecting a huge dome over the whole garden and house would be awesome. Our old house isn't insulated very well and the single-paned windows let out a lot of heat so that would help to heat the place.

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  6. What do you mean it's not pretty? It's gorgeous. I'd be in there every day from now till March.

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    1. It's kind of crowded and makes it more difficult to enjoy individual plants but it is a fun to visit during the winter.

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  7. I dream of a greenhouse but then I would do what you did and add sorts of tender plants! Maybe I should get a greenhouse for sitting in with a few ferns and friends for tea.

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    1. A greenhouse for sitting among ferns and sharing tea with friends sounds very nice & would make a lovely addition to your house.

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  8. This is incredible! What energy you must have to care for this jungle. :)

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    1. It's fun but really doesn't require a lot during the winter (okay, it just doesn't get much care during the winter.) I usually only even go in there over the weekend dragging a hose to water any thirsty plants.

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  9. Well, we got the snow alright! Fortunately it was just barely too warm to stick around.
    How in the world do you get to every plant to water/feed/groom each plant according to its needs? Your plant collection is amazing, and overwhelming!

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  10. I don't care how crammed packed it is, I adore this space. I envy your space. It would be so nice not to have all this in the house. I would be like you if I had this space. Too many plants but hey, we love it. I cracked up when I read "it don't seem any less crowded outside". All we can do is wait for next spring.

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  11. It's a fascinating space, Peter. I still think you should charge admission - think of all the plant purchases those fees could cover next year.

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  12. Peter, your greenhouse is just amazing...your plants would make any tropical gardener envious.

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  13. Snow on Friday, Peter? Isn't too early for your zone? Nice to see your greenhouse, every tender plant placed there will spend winter well.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. It is a bit early for us but November can be full of surprises. Cold air is moving down from the north and this morning(Saturday) it's 33 degrees outside with a predicted low of 28 F in the next couple of days. There was snow on Friday but it didn't accumulate.

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  14. I wish I would have a greenhouse. It would probably also be filled by now. I guess you heat your greenhouse, don't you?

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    1. I hope that you find a space for a greenhouse, Sigrid! It's fun, but also a bit of work to garden all year long. Yes, my greenhouse is heated. I try to keep it at 50 degrees during the cold months.

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  15. Gosh, do you ever simply sit in your greenhouse on a cold day and take it all in? It must be so refreshing and encouraging. I'm so jealous! I have a sunroom, but it's not quite the same. ;-)

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    1. Like the outside garden, I seldom sit and enjoy the greenhouse. Mostly it's a place to work at sweeping away dead leaves, repotting plants, and watering. I enjoy it while I'm working.

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  16. I love it! Looks like the perfect place to hang out in cold weather.

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    1. It's nice to see living and sometimes blooming things during the coldest part of the year.

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  17. Looks pretty gorgeous to me.

    Snow?!?

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    1. One needs a machete to walk through. Snow fell but didn't accumulate. Tuesday's low is predicted to be 27(F) Brrr.

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  18. Oh lovely, it's always a treat to see inside your greenhouse. It's certainly even more crammed with goodies than last year.I wish I could walk through and have a closer look. Gorgeous.

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  19. What would gardening be without a mad passion? Boring, that's what. Fortunately, you certainly have yours.

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