• Diane’s greenhouse dream

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    Diane Manina, of Central California, has long dreamed of having a real glass greenhouse, and now after many years and a few obstacles, has it standing majestically in her rural garden, ready for use in all seasons. On my visit, she showed me this and future projects in her garden.

    Diane's greenhouse

    Diane’s greenhouse

    Diane grew up with a Dad who loved roses, so spending time in the garden was a time for them to do something together. She says, “At the time I believe it was the idea of just being with my dad, but the love of gardening bloomed inside me and I have loved it ever since. My love of roses has not changed either. I think it is the challenge of keeping something beautiful alive.

    Is this a Don Juan rose? Looks like it!

    Is this a Don Juan rose? Looks like it!

    She loves to propagate plants and having a greenhouse would make it easier to do that all year round. “I was always cutting and starting new plants and always dreamed of having my own greenhouse to start plants in,” Diane states. She was heartbroken when she and her husband, Mike, moved to a community that did not allow for greenhouses once she was ready to get started. “I longed to be able to start my seedlings in a greenhouse.

    After moving to Coarsegold, a mountain community in the Sierra foothills, Diane did her research and found her ‘Patricia‘, 12′ x 16′ greenhouse kit at Backyard Greenhouses. It was delivered in several large crates and unfortunately had to sit for two years before she and Mike could continue the project. Mike built the cement block knee wall as a foundation and a construction crew came in to set up the greenhouse which then took only two days. Mike built a handy shelf all the way around and her granddaughter even made her a special gardening apron. Finally Diane could ‘move in’.

    Diane's wearing the apron made by her graddaughter.

    Diane’s wearing the apron made by her graddaughter. In the flower bed she has an old rustic wheelbarrow for flowers, old watering cans and other treasures.

    The greenhouse is situated on a rise a distance from their house and seems to glow as it is backlit by the sun. Diane has one large planting bed around it, a ramp on one side and steps on the other. The greenhouse was chosen with a dark green enamel aluminum frame, tempered glass and an automatic ventilation system.

    Inside, Diane has all her tools, potting soils, a place to work and space to hold overwintering plants

    Inside, Diane has all her tools, potting soils, a place to work and space to hold overwintering plants

    Containers hold soil for orchids, moss and other soils for potting

    Containers hold soil for orchids, moss and other soils for potting

    Inside she has a potting table at one end and her soil mixes in color-coded, metal cans on one side. Plants hang along the other side and some are placed on the brick and gravel floor. She has a glider bench set along the outside under the shade of a tree looking down over the flower bed in front. There she can sit and dream of her next project.

    One side holds hanging pots and these on the brick floor

    One side holds hanging pots and these on the brick floor

    The lion pots wait patiently for the future herb garden

    The lion pots wait patiently for the future herb garden

    She plans on an herb garden laid out as parquetry, a pattern similar to an herb knot garden. She has collected ancient looking lion planters large enough for trees and broken concrete blocks for walls and edgings. She has a fine hedge of lavender started for one side and a multi-tiered fountain for the center.

    This grand arbor was constructed by husband Mike for Diane's roses

    This grand arbor was constructed by husband Mike for Diane’s roses

    Diane and her husband love to browse the tag sales in the area, and then find ways of using their treasures in the garden. One delightful use of this talent was finding these old fruit ladders and transforming them to a wonderful, tall rose arbor.

    A nice mounding hedge of lavender will be the start of the herb garden

    A nice mounding hedge of lavender will be the start of the herb garden

    Diane says “I love the solitude of gardening, it is peaceful and relaxing. I have mulled through many a difficult decision in my life while gardening. I talk to my plants and, like my dogs, they all enjoy my company. They never complain if my hair isn’t combed or I am still in my PJs. When they flourish and bloom it is like a friend saying hello. When they don’t, I feel I let them down and try my best to find out what they need to bring them back.”

    Having a greenhouse makes it easier for Diane to do this. It’s a place to think, dream and grow.

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    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    Comments

    1. Jill says:

      Ahhh, my dream as well, a green house! So happy Diane has hers! This blog will be fun to follow.

    2. Nancy K. Meyer says:

      Love the ladder arbor, and everything.

    3. eI just found the blog about your greenhouse. My dream is also to have a greenhouse, especially for starting annuals for spring planting. I would save myself a fortune. I especially love the little ramp running up to your greenhouse. How useful it would be. I think your rose arbor is one of the best ideas I have seen in a very long time. i sure wish I had a place to do something like this. enjoy your garden this year and thank you for sharing your greenhouse project with us.

    4. Alice says:

      A wonderful project and a perfect spot for expanding and growing all the lovely things from the greenhouse. But. I really liked the ladder arbor. Many years of gardening to you!