I’ve dreamed of having a greenhouse since the day we moved into our beach cottage, almost 8 years ago. I wanted to grow my own flowers and vegetables, and to have a place to keep my more sensitive plants over the winter. My dream finally came true, and I’m excited to share my greenhouse views from every season.
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Spring is such a beautiful time in the PNW. I planted this Montana Rubens Clematis a couple of years ago, but had no idea how beautiful it would look in early May. The greenhouse is a perfect background for these gorgeous pink blooms.
Rhododendrons are quite popular in many PNW spring gardens. I loved this capture of the greenhouse tucked behind this well established plant.
Clouds and rain usually surround my greenhouse in the spring season. If I had to wait for the sun to come out to take a good picture, I would be waiting a long time!
We’ve added some gorgeous bistro lights to the greenhouse, and across the arbor and pathway, to show a more romantic atmosphere all year round.
Here’s a view of the inside of the greenhouse, after transplanting all the seed starts into the garden. I wanted to share this picture with you, because my sweet boy Charlie was here. He passed away a year ago, but I have so many pictures of him hanging out with me in the garden, it just makes me smile when I share them. Jax is laying on the grass next to him, but it’s always hard to see him!
Here’s another view of the greenhouse interior in the early winter, when the seed starts and geraniums were growing. Did you notice the Dutch doors we put in on each side? Love them!
One of my favorite things about the greenhouse is the mermaid weather vane from Good Directions. Isn’t she perfect for a greenhouse on the beach? My garden fairy sprite finishes off this whimsical cottage garden.
This is one of my favorite shots of my greenhouse. Better Homes and Gardens, and Cottages and Bungalows Magazines liked it too! They both featured this picture on Instagram last spring. What could be better than daisies in a cottage garden? My greenhouse in the background!
I love this view of the greenhouse completely opened up.
How It All Started
This was the view of the garden before the greenhouse was built. The structure was started in our large garage, and then taken apart and reassembled in the yard.
So this is where it all started! This book was the inspiration for my greenhouse, and the fresh cut flower garden of my dreams. My hubby and I were on a boat trip 3 years ago, and stayed in one of my favorite towns, LaConner, Wa. We went to a small local bookstore, where I found this book by Erin Benzakein, the owner of Floret Flowers. This book has taught me everything about a fresh cut flower garden. The rest is history! I buy almost all my bulbs and seeds from her farm every year.
Summer is always the most beautiful season in my cottage garden. Perennials such as black-eyed Susan’s, dahlias, phlox, daisies and sedum are just a few varieties of flowers blooming at this time of year.
These flowers in the raised beds were first seed starts, grown in the greenhouse. These annuals include zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons, stock, black-eyed Susan’s and zucchini.
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Fall is such a fun season to dress up the greenhouse. This is the time when we bring in the geraniums for the winter, but not much else is happening inside. So I fill up the steps and patio on the other side with pumpkins and mums. And of course, the cornstalks are the final touch!
Decorating the greenhouse for the Christmas season is so much fun. The bistro lights stay up throughout the year, so it’s not a lot of work to add some props for some festive charm.
We did get a dusting of snow last winter, which was absolutely beautiful, along with this stunning sunrise.
I hope this was fun to see how my greenhouse views change from season to season. In my last newsletter, I had asked what kind of posts subscribers wanted to see. Someone had suggested a post about how my greenhouse came to be. I really don’t know if this would have ever built if I hadn’t been so inspired by Erin of Floret Flowers. She definitely helped to bring more joy to my life!
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