Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Merry Christmas!

My DH took this picture of me in the greenhouse as I was giving him the tour after it was finished today!  (Not the best photo, but he took it with his Blackberry - I'm just glad to have it!)

So now I am itching to be able to put plants in there...which will be very limited until our hot weather cools off.  Plants would broil in there now -- it's 85 degrees for the highs these days.  

Electrician and plumber come tomorrow and pea gravel for the ground on Monday and then some agaves and cacti and succulents are going in there.  I'm sure I will put some cute little doo-dads in there pretty quickly, too!  

Merry Christmas!


getgrounded said...

And a wonderful Christmas it is! Can't wait to read the ongoing saga of what you do with it over the next few seasons. Enjoy yourself!

Gail said...

Wonderful! I am so very thrilled for you and not jealous, well maybe just a tiny bit! The plants you will grow, safe from the deer! Merry Christmas!


Laura said...

oh my gosh!! how exciting! this is the second super exciting thing to happen since last night!! yes, i am thrilled about the election results. i can't wait to see what is going to live in your greenhouse! looks like you're working hard with great results-have fun!

Carol said...

How very exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing it filled with plants and reading your blog posts about the joys of owning a greenhouse.

"Green with envy", I am!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Bob said...

Instead of pea gravel you should put the shredded tree mulch down like Malcolm Beck did with his green houses. He told us at our native plant meeting that it has slow releases of nitrogen and CO2, both good for plants. He remarked that he went from a mediocre green house gardener to unbelievable after doing that. It's cheaper too. Just thought I'd let you know.

Anna said...

Oh I'm so happy for you! It's a fine looking greenhouse too. The future of plants looks brighter now.

Northern Shade said...

How exciting to have a new greenhouse, and it has gone up so quickly. It will be fun to fill it with plants to tend.
Perhaps the workers were thinking your gardening footwear was very spiffy.

Jan said...

Congratulations on the greenhouse. I am so jealous. I know you will enjoy that esp. once cold weather sets in.

Always Growing

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Growing Year...

What fun what fun. It (and you) look great. I can't wait to see those benches filled with plants.

I hope you have a tiny spot for a chair so you can sit in there and soak up the air when it gets cold. Or if you just need a spot of quiet.

Diana said...

Thanks Robin - I am already enjoying just thinking about it!

Gail -- you'll just have to come back to Austin to see it! And YES, things in there will be safe from the deer!

Laura - hey - nice to hear from you. Glad you're back. Yea, wasn't Tuesday awesome? What are you up to these days?

Carol - I hope my blog posts on the greenhouse are about the joys and not the trials! Thanks for the good wishes.

Bob - thanks for the tip. I was originally going to do mulch, because of the ease of adding to it, but the greenhouse people say the pea gravel gives you humidity and holds in the heat better in the winter. Guess I'd better rethink this!

Anna - thanks - I think my tender potted plants will be happy in there as long as I keep on top of the temperatures!

Northern shade - ah, thanks for the positive thoughts on my red rubber boots. They are really cute as can be. You know, my mom always said wear something nice when you feel bad and wearing those boots when I am working hard and traipsing through the mud does help!

Jan - thanks. I'll be putting a few things in it soon enough (gotta work out the ventilation and know how hot it gets inside when it's 90 outside!) Can't wait to show it to my plants!

Lisa - what a great new lyric! Thanks for the good wishes. I just went out and stood in it and imagined where the big pots (little trees) will go and where the shade loving things need to be and all that! I will have a chair in it ASAP because I love to sit in there when the sun it out but the air is cold.

Pam/Digging said...

Hey, it looks great, Diana! You must be very excited. I can't wait to hear how you use it and see more pics as you fill it up.

Lori said...


Lancashire rose said...

Looks great Diana. I know how excited you are about starting seeds and cuttings. We put our greenhouse up in November and I bought some pretty colorful things to brighten it up. I think we have the same benches. Amish?
I have pea gravel and yes it is good for the winter warmth. Also I put a lot of pots on the ground so watering them isn't a problem. Water just runs through. I also save all my empty gallon milk jugs and fill them with water arranged around the outside edges of the greenhouse. They heat up during the day and help when there is a frost. I also have a milk house heater for when it gets really cold. This is just for winter and spring of course which is really the only time I use the greenhouse- too hot in summer and not needed. We had to buy shade cloth and now we have a vine covering. It made the greenhouse tolerable through the summer. I now have my citrus in and some agaves that are not frost hardy. I can hardly move in there. We have a temporary drip line in there for watering. Just a few ideas for you to mull over.
Have fun.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

How awesome for you. My greenhouse was an anniversary prestent. I goes back into use every year right around our anniversary. Bob had a good idea, the bark mulch has worked much better than anything else for me.

Diana said...

Pam - I'm sure it will fill it up in no time; I'm gathering up ideas for things to do besides overwinter my pots, and trying to remember what I did when I had one before!

Lori - you'll have to come see it!

Lancashire Rose - Thanks for the ideas - I especially like the milk gallon tip - I'll have to do that. We will have electricity and a heater. The shade cloth may be a greater need since the sun gets so hot here even when it's too cold at night for plants to be outside.

Aunt Debbi - that's a sweet reminder of your anniversary. I'm still trying to decide between mulch and pea gravel -- I'm leaning to the gravel because of the heaters running on the floor making things hot down there on the ground...

Jean said...

I am pea green with envy!! :-)