Finally a greenhouse – in (many) pictures

This January we decided that we would – at last – invest in a greenhouse to replace the plastic plant storage affair we had used for many years. [Short of time? Smart suggestion – jump to the end.]

DSCN4610Especially after the wind did this.


We thought we’d finally use the old marble (see post

DSCN3575However there were one or two things to clear first.DSCN4622

Then the fence blew down.

We started clearing the site and preparing the ground.

DSCN5258 DSCN5265 DSCN5273Then there was the archaeology.DSCN5278 DSCN5287 DSCN5296 DSCN5306The re-siting of the big slabs that had supported an old oil tank.

DSCN5302 A heck of a lot of digging.DSCN5303 And levelling.DSCN5406 Laying of porous, breathable membrane.DSCN5428 And the shovelling of vast quantities of sand.DSCN5434 At last some of the marble can go down – using an intricate plan.


DSCN5452 DSCN5455 DSCN5460 DSCN5463The greenhouse arrives.

DSCN5480 DSCN5481We exchange the big water butt for a smaller one and the base makes an appearance.DSCN5474 More brickwork required.DSCN5477
DSCN5498 The day dawns and help (daughter Amy) has arrived.DSCN5502 DSCN5507On Day One we get this far.DSCN5509 DSCN5512 DSCN5520DSCN5522 DSCN5523And on Day Two we finish the task.DSCN5524 DSCN5526 DSCN5535 DSCN5539

On Day Three I planned to sleep, but found myself starting on the excavation of the narrow passageway linking the greenhouse to the back of the house. I must be mad.



27 thoughts on “Finally a greenhouse – in (many) pictures

  1. On Day Three I planned to sleep, but found myself starting onbro the excavation of the narrow passageway linking the greenhouse to the back of the house. I must be mad.

    No you’re not…
    It just grows on you when you do this kind of work.
    It’s the dopamine effect.
    The pleasure you have when you see the end product leads you to go on, and start something new.

    It’s just like writing blogs.

    Here in Quebec we see signs of spring.

    • So pleased for you that spring is on its way. You could be right about the dopamine effect, but there are so many other urgent (and more pleasurable) labour tasks in the garden that I suspect it a defence against the temptation to leave the rest of the task undone, because the main object has been achieved.

  2. This looks incredibly well planned and organised. Congratulations on your success. It does seem to lack something though. Plants. I can count 4 and a watering can. 😊 It looks wonderful. Question: what is the difference between a glasshouse and a greenhouse? Is there one? Can people in greenhouses throw stones? I’d love to see another photo when the plant count has gone up. Well done, Hilary.

  3. I wonder who worked out that formula of putting the marble tiles down? An impressive and perfect mathematical work of art. I would frame the paper on which each tile is numbered and given a position. We had similar marble tiles put down in the backyard but were advised to get them all the same size by the paver. We took the easy option!

    • There is nothing I enjoy more than making scale plans or models and cutting little bits of paper and rearranging them (tweezers and blue tack). I have several versions and did move a couple around as I was laying them.

    • I spent many years wanting, but only recently queried the cool reception my idea seemed to receive. I found that all I need to do was make one compromise on my vision and it is only three months since that moment. I’d better grow some veg now!

      • My cucumbers and tomatoes and green beans are screaming to hit my garden soil, but I tell them, “Now you have to wait until the threat of frost is past.” It is for their own welfare. I still have to deal with the flowers, esp. the impatiens.

  4. I’m going to show my grandad this when I see him, my mum keeps trying to persuade him to let her buy him one of these in place of his two green ones like your original photo. Looking at all the work though that’s possibly what’s putting him off 🙂

    • You don’t have to go in for all the labour. If your grandad has a flat area for his green greenhouses, then he could buy one that is the same size and it would sit on the same base or bases. Maybe have someone put it up unless you have DIY family willing to do it. I wish I’d done it years ago.

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