A magnificent greenhouse

On Sunday Alex and I went to Seattle to catch the Gamelan Pacifica concert (Ted is a member) at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. While we were in the park we toured the free Victorian conservatory in the park. This is my favorite place to go when winter has really gotten to me. It’s warm, it’s green, and the scent makes me swoon. I sat on a bench and dreamed about my greenhouse. I bought a small bromeliad, orange with bright green leaves, and carted it home. Of course I can’t put the bromeliad in my unheated greenhouse, which is still below 40 at night. I did however pick up a couple of primroses and some bulbs which have been held outside, just to have a little color around me while I work on the seed trays. I seeded my first starts, Little Gem lettuce and Chanteney … Continue reading


I’ve wanted a greenhouse for fifteen years, pining for one at every home or garden show. This year at the Puyallup I finally plunked for one. I picked the SolarGem because the company has been in business for 20 years, gets good reviews from users, apparently lasts quite a few years, and is designed so light diffuses evenly in the whole greenhouse. It was also less expensive than many other models I looked at. It’s light enough that two people can pick it up easily. That means it’s light enough to blow away too, so it’s held in place by sinking it into the site. Which meant digging the site. Alex and Ted prepared the trench last weekend to the company’s exact specifications, mounding the dirt in the middle, then covered the trench with a tarp through the first big autumn storm. Yesterday, in the break between storms, the greenhouse … Continue reading