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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Peach Greenhouse New Deck

Monday, August 12, 2019


The greenhouse created from salvaged old doors and windows got a new/old deck earlier this spring. Salvaged redwood deck boards now allow an easy transition from the greenhouse's peach French doors into the small adjacent garden. 


Peach greenhouse new deck is made from salvaged redwood boards

The deck boards came from the old deck removed from my house. Not enough boards could be salvaged to create a new deck on the house, but there were enough boards in good condition for a small greenhouse deck. 


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from salvaged redwood 


Peach greenhouse new deck opens onto a small garden of gravel, limestone rocks, and lirope grass
A small semi-shaded garden lies behind my garden shed along side the greenhouse. Gravel, white limestones of various shapes and sizes, and transplanted lirope grass form the structure of the small garden. 



Peach greenhouse new deck provides a level transition from the greenhouse to a small garden
The ground slopes away from the greenhouse which made stepping through the peach French doors into the garden area somewhat tricky. The new deck provides a level transition from greenhouse to garden. 

To give an idea of where this area is located, the house is visible just over the tops of the garden shed and greenhouse. 




Peach greenhouse new deck leads to an open meadow surrounded by native woods
Beyond the greenhouse is an open meadow surrounded by wooded areas left in their natural state. The biggest section of the woods is about 70 feet by 300 feet and is a buffer between our lot and the neighbors. The only things removed from the woods are wild saw briar vines, poison oak, and a couple of overgrown paths in the woods that are cleared occasionally. 

Otherwise, the area is a natural habitat for small animals, birds, butterflies, and bees. Dead trees fall and are left to rot where they fell. No supplementary watering, fertilizers, or pesticides are used in the small woods. When we have long, hot summers with drought conditions, the woods suffer. However, the stand of trees are native plants adapted to the region's climate. The cycle of nature is allowed to happen without interference. 



Peach greenhouse new deck is built around existing large oak tree
Trees near the garden shed and greenhouse do receive some supplementary water from the overflow of watering container plants and flowers, lirope, and shrubs planted in the garden. 

Space in the deck was left around the existing large oak tree, but will need to be enlarged as the tree grows. 



Peach greenhouse new deck provides good spot for growing plants in containers
The new deck along the south side of the greenhouse is a good spot for flowers and shrubs grown in large containers. In the heat of  the summer, the large oak tree provides filtered shade. In the winter, the bare trees allow the sun to warm the plants. 


S O U R C E S 

Greenhouse Dreams | Foxgloves, Chandeliers, Glass-Topped Table shares views inside the peach greenhouse. 

Pinterest Board, Jardin Chateaux, is filled with garden houses of my dreams. 


11 comments:

  1. your home and grounds are so lovely and this small deck really adds to the functionality and charm. That peach color is beautiful! thanks so much for linking up for our first party!

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    1. Debra,
      Thank you. I am happy that you and Amber are hosting a linky party. So many of my favorite linky parties no longer exist, including the one you used to host every week. I'm so glad your health and energy are allowing you to once again actively host a linky party.

      Judith

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  2. A lovely space, Judith, one I don't believe I've seen before! You added some very functional design to that area that'll bring years of enjoyment. Congrats!

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    1. Rita,
      This is the first time I've shown this spot. It is my sister's greenhouse and her little garden area at my house. She works out there almost every day of the year.

      Judith

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  3. It's beautiful. Is it behind your little stone structure? I love the peach doors. They are so cute. I agree with Rita. I don't think we've seen this before.

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    1. Katie,
      You and Rita are correct that I've not shared this view on the blog before. You all have seen the front of both the garden shed and greenhouse many times, but not this little garden area. The greenhouse is my sister's, and peach is her favorite color.

      Judith

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! I really like the fact that you have left the meadow/wooded area in its natural state. The peach doors are gorgeous, too.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

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    1. Marilyn,
      One of the things that drew us to this property was its natural state. Until we bought it, it was overgrown with underbrush and saw briars. We cleared an area for the house and space right around the house. The left we left natural. There is a pocket prairie on the north side and 3 different wooded areas. Being in the countryside outside any city limits has allowed us to keep much of the property in its native state.

      Judith

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  5. Oh wow, this is dreamy Judith! I always love "strolling" through your garden and this is a new view. Thank you for providing so many details to help us imagine the woods surrounding your home. Everything looks truly French cottage, it is delightful. I can see how the deck was needed, and now you will get even more use out of the area.

    Thank you so much for linking up at All About Home!

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  6. I love seeing your garden and the color peach is so soft and pretty to look at.

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  7. Your garden shed is lovely, Judith... and I love how you described your surroundings to us. The peach is lovely, and what a smart idea to level off the step through the french doors with the deck!

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