Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Garden Visits -- Could You Live in a Greenhouse?

Another wet, heavy snow forced me to bring the few plants
that I'd bought on a warm, sunny day inside so they wouldn't freeze overnight.

I know, I know.
We aren't supposed to plant annuals until mid-May but I just couldn't resist.

So, a small fold-up table by a south-facing window in the house
became my emergency greenhouse for a few days while the snow melted
and the temperatures slogged back up to a respectable number.

Seeing all those plants pushed together on that table made me think of being in a greenhouse, surrounded by buds ready to open and greenery spreading its leaves out to embrace the sun.

And I thought, wouldn't it be fun to live in a greenhouse?

Where, any time we felt like it, we could pluck a bloom at its peak to bring into the house,
plop it into an old bottle and display it on a table with vintage books.

Or enjoy the heady scent of herbs perfuming the air - rosemary, basil and thyme. 

And walk between the rows of wooden tables brimming with bright green leaves 
and familiar flowers and discovering new friends we didn't yet know.

It reminded me of when I volunteered in the garden department of the Denver Zoo. 
For a few hours a day I felt like I was living in a greenhouse 
and it made me feel very peaceful and dreamy. 
The air was warm and heavy with the smell of dirt and compost and tropical flowers. 

Volunteers zipped up and down the aisles with wheeled carts of big flats of plants
and I could almost hear the seedlings' high-pitched squeals of laughter.
Or was it the plant devas (fairies)?

Oh, to live in a greenhouse with abundant life all around would be a rich life indeed. 


  1. Well........maybe I'd rather have one of those elegant English conservatories or orangeries attached to the south side of the house. The best of both worlds!

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  3. Is there an air conditioner in our greenhouse? Just kidding. To be surrounded by plants all day is absolute heaven to me. I love the flowers and I love your thinking with this sweet post.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. We ♥ having you.

    1. Thanks for stopping by my "greenhouse" Stacey. Sadly, no AC! Enjoy your flowers.

  4. our small greenhouse is heaven in the wintertime...too hot in the summer to want to stay in there very long....love your post

    1. Thanks BJ. I love going to our botanic gardens conservatory in the winter. Like a tropical vacation in the snow!

  5. As much as I love flowers I think I could live in a greenhouse.
    I've been visiting your posts on your sidebar and having a great time.

    1. Hi Bonnie. I'm so glad you've been enjoying your visits. I hope you return soon.

  6. What a lovely post and yes, I think I could live in a greenhouse - I love being surrounded by flowers and plants.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. The smell of dirt is one of my favorite smells. Weird, but true! :) The minute I walk into a greenhouse I become elated. I truly do feel like it's home. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Hi Jann, If you're weird, then I am too! Love the smell of dirt and horses. You're welcome in my greenhouse!

  8. I often had thoughts of adding huge metal and glass style garage doors to my house. For plants and to be honest? So when we get 45 mph winds....I can just open up every wall and the dust blow out. LOL

    So, let me know when you're building your green house...we can be greenhouse neighbors! Thanks so much for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. Have a great week Pat!

    1. Hi Christine. Hmmm. Interesting idea! I'd love to be greenhouse neighbors!

  9. Lovely flowers! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!