Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Greenhouse, or the House that Bob built

This is what used to be among other things a goat house. It also has served originally as a pump house for a nursery operation, a playhouse, and a chicken barn.

The back wall was caving in and the roof sagging badly so we either had to renovate it or tear it down.

I had been toying with putting some chickens in it, but it needed work, and I wasn't sure if they would be a good fit with the Garden Centre.

We decided to strip it, and turn it into a greenhouse! Now why did that brilliant idea take a year to figure out?

My Dad, who can do anything came to the rescue, and turned the derelict building into a shiny new greenhouse completed with recycled materials.

We removed the dying Alder from in front of the Greenhouse this Fall.

This is what it looks like today in glorious morning sunshine.

We put it to good use over wintering plants this winter, and more exciting growing the first of our own plants for sale this Spring at the store.

It's already full to the rafters, you can see our 1st hanging baskets through the window.

It's the perfect location for our potting bench.

No work space at home, but still want to make your own hanging basket, come check out the view from the potting bench. We can set you up with everything you need, no need to lug soils, and plants home.

New Pond at Urban Oasis

This hole will be a beautiful water feature soon!

Here is Dave working away in the cold of January, while I am in California visiting my Mom.

He doesn't appear too cold.

I know how cold and rainy it actually was though!


Here is what I came home to, what a wonderful surprise.

I am so excited, it's my turn to landscape around the pond.

Hmmm, how about a yellow Cryptomeria to start? Oh, the possibilities are endless.

Naww, thats not it.

I know I have to use 'Magic Merlot' the new variegated Skimmia. What goes with Merlot?

Blue Juniper ooh liking that, and Luma nice variegation, mahogany stems, lovely super fragrant blooms, but is there room for my new favorite ' Chocolate Box' Podocarpus, yum yum this is fun.

We are almost finished.

....just a couple bare spots for ground cover vines, I am waiting for. Have you ever seen a ground cover Clematis shrub, I discovered this gem last year. It blooms in summer.

I am planting ground cover perennial sweet pea vine for a Spring show tumbling over the rocks along the water fall too.

Your all invited to come see the pond, and the progress of the gardens. Grab a bench and relax with a cup of free trade coffee from Georgie's Cafe, browse the garden centre, and enjoy Dave Jewitt of Ponds Victoria's beautiful work.