My favorite gardeners in Portland are ones that can just shove plants in the ground without worry and turn random objects into garden art. My Aunt Teri seems to have that knack. She’s not slaving away outside, yet her backyard has this English cottage feel where everything thrives in this simply elegant way. She also has a knack for finding little treasures at estate sales and just casting them outside, landing in the perfect spot. Her yard is wild with clematic rambling over trellises, a banged up statue covered with fuzzy moss, and a ratty wicker chair acting as support for a peony resting where the seat used to be.
And now enter the “projects” category. My sister replaced her old windows with nice new vinyl windows (I have window envy, since our house is from 1927 and pretty much the same temperature outside as in…). I plan to use this fabulous pile of old windows to build a small greenhouse. There isn’t a good system for growing from seed in my little house, and this saves me the cash buying all the equipment. All I need now is figure out how to build a fricking greenhouse… I did figure out how to build a 4’x6′ coop, so I feel like I’m not out of my league.