Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Adding Romantic Touches to My Tiny Greenhouse

My backyard greenhouse measures just 6' x 8' and with the exception of the added trim embellishment to the top, it is straight out of the box.  The trim is plastic garden edging (found at a thrift store for a dollar) that I spray painted silver. I adore the touch of romance it adds to the overall look. 

It's rather late in the season for allysum, but here it is still blooming in one of  my concrete cherub pots that flank each side of my greenhouse. 

The other one holds beautiful penny denim violas that have been blooming since early spring here too.  They were in the shade up until a couple weeks ago when I had the idea to make them a focal point for my greenhouse. 

Any violas that I accidentally uproot now and again get added as floating flowers to a tarnished silver plate bowl right alongside my other potted plants. 

It would be a shame to just throw them on the ground when they are still so pretty!

Same goes with my zinnias that I grew from seed for the purpose of cutting.  I end up enjoying them right where they are planted inside our huge garden tee pee. 

But the ones that veer off sideways, or get broken stems, end up as floating pretties too. 

A closeup showing the fleur de lis pattern of trim on the top.  Notice that peek of my new hydrangea tree (a birthday present from Henri) that is planted outside of the greenhouse. 

It's a Limelight Hydrangea that is hardy to Zone 4!  Surprisingly hardy for something so beautiful and delicate.

Enjoying more zinnias inside vintage bottles added to a galvanized tray carrier I found at Sweet Pea Gardens.  

With a technique I learned  from a post over at Heaven's Walk, here's a close up of a clay pot I altered with a free French graphic I found over the The Graphics Fairy.

It's potted up with some fragrant oregano.  I wish I remembered the variety, as I adore the purple shade on the underside of the leaves. 

See my tiny chandelier hanging at the peak?  It holds a rose scented votive candle that adds to the heavenly fragrance in here!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to.  Hope you have enjoyed your visit as much as I've enjoyed being able to share it with you! 


Polly said...

love your little greenhouse! what a wonderful little retreat!! that french clay pot you created is awesome! please share how you did that! :-)

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

Everything is so darling - it just has your signature all over it.

Do you spend a lot of time washing those greenhouse panels to keep them so shiny and sparkly?

I like the floating flowers - and the tiny glass bottles and the tin boxes - oh I like everything. I am always collecting tiny vases and small bottles at the thrift shops for single flowers (the married one get bigger bottles).

Your greenhouse is like a fairy house. I really enjoyed the tour - oh and that hydrangea is especially gorgeous.

Lili said...

Hi Polly, here's a link to where I found out how to give my clay pot a french makeover using mod podge and a graphic from The Graphics Fairy: http://heavens-walk.blogspot.com/2011/07/french-flower-pots.html Thanks, I'll update my post to include this link too! ~Lili

Lili said...

Hi Jo, The greenhouse panels are poly bicarbonate and so far, fingers still crossed, haven't even had to wash them at all! ~Lili

Lili said...

Oops, meant to say the greenhouse panels are poly carbonate!

SprinkleBakes said...

Wow, what an innovative way to use garden edging! It makes the greenhouse even more adorable!

Samantha said...

Absolutely charming greenhouse..I adore it!

Anonymous said...

this is so wonderful! Great designs!!

Privet and Holly said...

So sweet!!!
And YES, that
trim at the top
just makes the
whole thing. We
planted a a Limelight Hydrangea last year
by our front door;
love, love it.
What a special
getaway you've
created, Lili!
xx Suzanne

Country Girl said...

It's amazing to see this because when I visited you this summer, the greenhouse pieces had just been delivered. And here you have taken the little plot of land you had it destined for, and turned it into your own private world. So clever what you did with the embellishment on the top, and that silver pot is really cool-looking with that stencil. Wow!

Crown of Beauty said...

It was so much fun visiting with you today, dear Lili. The flowers are lovely, even the ones that you placed in the water. There's a touch of class everywhere in that tiny greenhouse!

The white hydrangeas are so special! And so are the chandeliers and the rose scented candles... I can imagine it must be lovely to sit in there for a cup of tea in the evening.

Well, you still have a few months left to enjoy your greenhouse before winter comes...

Thank you for the little glimpse of Maine that I so enjoy each time I come by here!


vicki said...

Oh Lili - I LOVE your greenhouse! It is so quaint - and perfect- your special touches make it so wonderful. I love the chandelier - love the idea of a little candle - what a perfect place for some special time alone - or a romantic dinner with Henri.

I'm really quite jealous! It is simply adorable!!

ps - the idea for the trim on top is fabulous!



jennyfreckles said...

You have created an utterly delightful spot there. I would love to settle down with a good book and a glass of wine amongst all those pretty embellishments. Floating flower heads too, what a great idea.

seanymph said...

Your greenhouse is stunning! What a great idea to perk it up even more with that thrift store find. I wish I had more flat land here so I could have a greenhouse too. How lucky you are.

Linda said...

What a sweet retreat!

Lee said...

omg- I need one of these! It is spectacular..

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Your greenhouse is beyond adorable! A magical place to spend time in even during cooler days. I'm imagining it being heated nicely by the sun?!

hometown girl said...

lili your greenhouse is absolutely beautiful! i have always dreamed of a lovely little greenhouse. you made it look so inviting, thank you for sharing it with us! enjoy the day!! xo susan

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I am in love with your greenhouse! Where did you find it? It's exactly what I've been looking for! I also love the limelight hydrangeas. This year I planted 2 Little Lamb hydrangeas, very similar to limelight, but great for a small space.

I'd also like to thank you for your kind words about my mom. She will be forever missed and kept in our hearts.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili, Looks like you are having lots of fun with your little greenhouse . . the flowers are too pretty! Blessings, Sandy:O)

missing moments said...

That is so cool. Love the added touch on top. Very clever.
And the stenciling on the pot ... very nice! What an attractive spot overall.

Mickey (Michel) Johnson said...

it is divine. so serene and 'girly'. love that!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Everything's so beautiful. I love what you did with the pot. Thanks for your flattering comment on my blog.

Melissa Anderson said...

I absolutely love your greenhouse! I hope that one day I can have one like yours, it's so lovely! I love gardening and have so many flowers I wish I could grow from seeds but don't have a greenhouse, this is just beautiful!

Heaven's Walk said...

Lili ~~ I am SO glad that you commented on my blog and that I popped over to yours for a visit! I just adore your sweet little greenhouse, girl! Saawweeet!! I have Limelight hydrangeas across the front of my porch and love them! Your Fearless truck is just awesome, and you and Henri are just adorable together!!! I'm happily following and looking forward to getting to know you ~~ and seeing more photos of your beeeautiful state!!! ♥

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh....and thanks for the sweet shout-out about the French flower pots, sweetie! :)

xoxo laurie

Daisy said...

You take amazing pictures. They are so vibrant and clear. What type of camera and lens did you use to take these pics? What about your profile pic? that one is beautiful too?

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