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Drop by and visit my Greenhouse/Shadehouse Garden


By bernieh


Today I thought I would share the one garden area here on my property that is rather lush and tropical looking. It’s the Greenhouse or Shadehouse Garden area which is located under a huge span of shadecloth attached to the western side of our house.

I’ve shared before how difficult it is to grow anything around this property, given the location and the conditions here … but the little micro-climate that exists in my Greenhouse Garden means I can have at least one part that never looks dry and desolate.

So … if you click on the link below, you will be able to visit my blog post that includes a short video clip showing this garden area. Yes … beware … Aussie accent coming up again!

My Greenhouse / Shadehouse Garden

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Absolutly stunning Bernieh. Thankyou for sharing.
I have nominated this for GOYpedia, tropical gardens.

17 Oct, 2010


Gracious thanks for your kind thought, Littlelegs. I'm so thankful for this little haven in what can be a rather dreary landscape here.

17 Oct, 2010


Wow that looks beautiful. I love the way you have taken advantage of the situation and used every inch of available space it looks so lush.

17 Oct, 2010


I`ve just enjoyed my tour Bernieh, absolutely enthralled , love your greenery, many thanks......

17 Oct, 2010


What a good idea, looks great. I saw it on the blogger site too. I thought your soil is perfect to grow just about anything in. It must be vulcanic as mine was in the hills in Goldsborough. It was so fertile, you'd just have to look at things and they would grow. This greenhouse is it your idea?

21 Oct, 2010


Hi Marguerite ... so glad to see you again. The soil here is almost non-existent ... there's a thin layer of decomposed granite around the property and under that is bedrock. There have been a few garden beds built up but they're completely compacted now and you couldn't get a shovel into them if you tried! The soil that was bought in for the shadehouse is just like that so I have a lot of the plants in pots in amongst all those ferns. Of course the Giant Sword Fern and the Yellow Walking Iris will grow in rock, lol, so they're just perfect for the shadehouse.

The shadehouse was here when we moved in but there wasn't much growing in there at the time ... although those owners were the ones who originally planted the ferns and the iris, so there were clumps of both out there. In the years since, the original structure has been pulled down and replaced as so many of the beams had rotted and the shadecloth had perished. I'm rather proud of the area now though ... it's not looking half bad.

21 Oct, 2010

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