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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Fat Lady Sings!


By "Fat Lady," I don't mean me, so Shaddup, All of Youse. Although I'd definitely like to break out into song. I'm sure you're familiar with the saying "It ain't over until the fat lady sings."

The greenhouse is built, and the new front garden beds and hardscape are finished (except for all that planting, of course). The greenhouse arrived on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and the contractor showed up the very next day to start building it.

I really thought the truck from Charley's Greenhouse would be bigger. But a single pickup was all they needed.


The foundation is in, at the end of the first day. Each of those wooden beams is cemented into the ground.

The new view from my living room window.


By Day Three, they've started to install the twin-wall windows

The finished greenhouse floor

To at least one reader of my blog, that brick and broken concrete pattern should look familiar. It was shamelessly copied from Nell Jean, who writes two blogs, Dotty Plants Greenhouse Journal and Secrets of a Seed Scatterer. Except for the letters A(Alison) and N(Nigel), it's very similar to a pattern in her greenhouse floor, which she wrote about here. Her pattern was itself inspired by an article and photo in the LA Times, here. The contractor came up with the idea of putting our initials into it.

The concrete welcome mat with my mosaic pattern, which you can read about in a previous post here.


I'm absolutely thrilled that it's over, and I can start planting in earnest. You may remember, the work on the new front garden began back in early December, right after Thanksgiving, and continued through the Deep Freeze that we had those first couple of weeks. There was a break for Christmas and New Year's and for the first half of January, and then about three weeks ago the greenhouse arrived and the contractor came back.

I was intrigued on Sunday, Feb. 2, when I went out for a potter around the garden, to see that the automatic vents on the south-facing slope of the roof and on the side had done their thing as advertised and opened to vent warm air from the greenhouse. The temperature outside was in the low 40s, but I didn't have a thermometer inside yet to let me know what temp it needs to reach before the vents open. the vents are adjustable.

Automatically opened vent

Not quite as wide open, but then it's probably cooler down low

If you're a friend of mine on Facebook, then you probably know that there have been quite a number of hiccups in the construction of this greenhouse. I'm not going to go into them in detail here, but if you're living in the Seattle/Tacoma area and you're thinking of having a greenhouse built, feel free to email me with any questions. You can get my email address from my profile.

Voila! The finished greenhouse!


View from the front door


It's great to have someone to do the heavy work, but it's also stressful for me to have two or three men in big boots here from about 8:30 a.m. till 4 or sometimes 5 p.m. every weekday, knocking on the door to ask me questions or to make decisions about something, or to very occasionally use the bathroom. For me, who's used to being alone all day while Nigel is at work, it's unsettling and the very opposite of peaceful.

Finally. The men in big boots are gone, and peace reigns. Briefly.

I plan to start singing arias and flinging dirt around and planting tomorrow.





22 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I want one now!

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  2. That's awesome! I'm so glad it is up and running. The concrete and brick paving inside the greenhouse is a really nice touch!

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  3. Oh, it's so Purty!

    I am so flattered to see that you took the DIY ideas of an old woman down on her hands and knees laying out a pattern in sandy soil and transformed it into a professional pattern.

    Your concrete entry pad is much nicer than Ike's broken concrete porch -- a piece that didn't work out in its original site

    I can hardly wait to see the how the rest of the greenhouse notions work out.

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  4. That's so exciting, Alison! The greenhouse floor and concrete welcome mat are wonderful. You're going to have a great time working there and in your new beds. Take it easy on that back in the process, though!

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  5. Congrats on the completion of your project! I love it. I like the small touches that you've already added and I can't wait to see more. Your project is such a vicarious thrill for me. :-)

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  6. What a great greenhouse! You are going to have so much fun planting and playing in this new garden.

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  7. That looks great, Alison! I would love to have one myself. But we're the same about having workers around during the day. Stresses me totally out too.

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  8. That is SO nice. Looks about the size I'd like to have, too. I am jealous but happy for you!

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  9. I can't think of anyone who deserves this lovely greenhouse more than you. It will be fun to see all of the different plants you give new life to in your new 'glass house'. Have fun! xo

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  10. I love how it turned out! I've been so anxiously awaiting the reveal you would think it was my greenhouse :) I love the floor. You are going to have so much fun with it!

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  11. Have fun flinging dirt! Here's to many happy years of puttering in the greenhouse :-)

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  12. You must be thrilled! (That construction is over as well as to finally have a greenhouse). I hope the issues along the way won't distract from your enjoyment of the end product.

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  13. It took some time and stress with all these constructors around but your greenhouse stands right there, so nice. Now it is your turn, wish you happy planting and sowing in your greenhouse and frontgarden.

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  14. It looks fab Alison! I can just how much plant fun you'll have in that greenhouse!

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  15. What a fabulous addition to your garden. It's a beauty Alison. I love the the green frame blends in with the surrounding trees. It's all fun, fun, fun from here on in! Enjoy :)

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  16. So happy for you that it (almost) eclipses any twinges of envy.

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  17. Oh my gosh! I have greenhouse envy what a beautiful greenhouse - I cant wait to see what you are going to grow in it. the floor is awesome and the concrete entrance mat is a beautiful work of art.

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  18. A wonderful thing ! You'll have to watch ' The Victorian kitchen garden' BBC TV from the 80"s , all on youtube. If you haven't seen it, plenty of green house inspiration from Harry Dodson , Happy planting !

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  19. It's a lovely greenhouse, I love the floor design. You are going to have such fun in it, you will be singing arias. I hope your neighbours are musical.

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  20. Congratulation, the greenhouse looks great! But these days should we say the plus-sized lady? And why does it have to be a lady? There are plenty of plus-sized guys available.

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  21. I'm so happy for you that this is finally over. I know the feeling of wanting something done but feeling tied down by entertaining the folks who come and do it for you! I'll be happy to come over and sing an aria or two for you as I better fit the "plus size" part now that you've lost 40 pounds!

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  22. What a lovely greenhouse. I still want one, and maybe I will figure the best spot someday. Love the new look of the garden.

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