One of my regular gardening routines in the winter, when I get back home from work, is to check up on at least one of the greenhouses or the garden outbuilding (which I'll call a shed for ease of reference) and make sure that the plants stored there are doing fine and taken cared of. I check them in turns, one evening one place and by doing it this way the maintenance is more manageable and short.
|It's a jungle IN there!|
And so tonight it is the turn of the shed to be checked over. Most of the plants that are in there now are actually the same plants that have been kept there for several winters already and so we know that the plants generally do fine there during the colder months. This shed is quite large for, well, a shed and is fully insulated, for in the past this was somebody else's (the one who built it) utility den. It has a couple of windows too which is handy for letting in some natural lights, hence the plants kept there are not under total darkness.
|Parajubaea torallyi var. microcarpa - one of my favourite feather palms!|
|Getting too tall for the shed? Possibly, but this year they can still fit in without needing to be trimmed - Chamaedorea microspadix|
|Ferns and palms are the main residents of the shed. We keep all of our Cyathea cooperi here|
|The Cling Film treatment... (photo: Dicksonia fibrosa)|
|I wrap some of the bigger, trunked tree ferns that we keep in the shed (and only in the shed, never the ones outside) in cling film... (photo: Cyathea australis)|
One thing that did cross our minds is to convert it to a den or summer house of some sort, making it look more like a lounge inside than, well, a shed. But will we use as such?? That was the question we asked each other and truthfully, neither of us thinks so. So it will remain with this function for now. We just to have do big clear outs from time to time.