|My parent's garden and you can just see the original greenhouse in the background.|
|David and Simon - if you live in Nottingham and need a great handyman team, contact me and I'll give you their phone number.|
I considered various manufacturers and suppliers and ended up buying a Europa Manor Princess, manufactured by Eden greenhouses and supplied by Greenhouses Direct. The greenhouse was delivered in 10 days, despite ordering the green powder coated version. My local handyman David and his trusty partner Simon, cleared the space, laid a concrete base and then returned to construct the greenhouse which took a full day's hard work and much head scratching. Some of the instructions were not the easiest to follow but it did all fit together in the end and there was nothing missing. (Although I do have a bag of spare bits - Hmmm?) I'm not known as the most tolerant of people but have to say that I'm totally pleased with the end result. The greenhouse is neat and now that the glass is fitted, it seems to be very strong, although I did pay a little extra to have toughened glass.
|The finished greenhouse and yes I do some some extra planting around its base to soften it into the landscape - give me a break its only been up two days!|
Not surprisingly, I have almost completely filled it in 48 hours. All my seedlings from indoors have moved out to the greenhouse and I was given some spare cannas from my original stock at the University. Just today I popped up to a local nursery and bought six different tomato plants. Not the most challenging of plants for an ancient horticulturalist but I just fancy growing them again! They are all different, from cherry tomatoes through to beefsteak, reds, yellow and a chocolate brown cultivar.
|And yes you do see leggy French marigolds. These are 'Striped Marvel' a tall but pretty marigold I saw and liked last year.|
|Cannas, some Brugmansia, the purple sugar cane (that isn't purple yet), dahlias and purple millet seedlings that also haven't shown their true colours. I do like my exotics and colour!|