The planting below takes up approximately one square metre (ten square feet) of space. It is just one part of three raised beds in my woodland garden at the front of my house. It contains a number of shade loving plants that provide a continuously changing tapestry of interest throughout the year. The slideshow below shows you what each of the plants is and its season of interest.
6:00 am. The view from the house this morning. Extraordinary quality to the light. The rain clouds have only just lifted a chink and the sun … read more
This year my greenhouse is full of promising buds and strident foliage thrusting up from marbled terracotta pots – delightful even before the main display … read more
A Well Designed GlasshouseJudicious use of brick and timber has created a greenhouse with a timeless quality and solidity. Why choose a lean-to style? … read more
The roof is glazed with large 4mm toughened glass sheets that sit neatly between preformed ridges running down each rafter. Powder coated aluminium capping … read more
Why paint a cedar greenhouse? In my case it was mainly for aesthetic reasons. It fits in with the style of the rest of the garden and, I believe, gives it a more substantial look akin to the great classic Victorian greenhouses.
Long planks were staked in place to create an edging to contain the bricks and base materials. A length of DPC was used to protect the outside edge of the wood from wet soil in the beds.
PART 3: Assembling the greenhouse timber framework.
PART 2: Construction of the brickwork and rear wall
PART 1: Creating the foundations for the greenhouse
Here you can see the greenhouse being built from the ground up.
This was the first melon we had from the greenhouse in August 2009. It was exceptionally sweet and perfumed – absolutely delicious. So much better than shop bought ones. Over the next five weeks we had a total of 8 or 9 melons from three vines.