Shed

One of the favorite features of the garden is the shed. Purchased as a kit and built by the sellers of the kit, it was a necessity because there was no garage, basement, foyer, vestibule, mudroom, you get the idea, in the newly purchased house for two college attending offspring. There were bicycles, a lawnmower, and as it turned out, stolen license plates, lamps picked up from the side of the road, school cafeteria trays and various other items college students need to stash living in the shed when it was moved. (This is really what was found inside the shed when we adults came to live in the house, you can’t make this stuff up.)

When the renovation began it was decided to move the shed to the top of the newly cleared hill. There was a level section at the top that had been an alley for city garbage collection many years before. Somewhere along the line that was abandoned and the land became the property of the homeowners along this block, all four of them. This level spot seemed the ideal place for a formal knot garden with the shed at the helm. It was quite an accomplishment to have the shed moved. It was a little banged up but a new paint job to match the new color of the house dressed it up in its new spot.

The shed makes a good background for garden photos. The yellow deciduous and white evergreen azaleas look pretty.

The window was saved from the demolition of the house next door and installed by yours truly into the shed for a little light and air on hot summer days. The window box, a metal trough, is still in the experimental planting stage.

Nearly all garden shots are enhanced with the shed included. Blooming here are penstemon ‘Husker Red’ and assorted voluteer poppies, yes, the bad kind. My favorite thing about this photo is the storm cloud encroaching in the corner.

Penstemon ‘Husker Red’ that now has pink flowers instead of white due to the party it attended with penstemon ‘Red Rocks’. This plant is used as a filler everywhere in the garden since there are abundant seedlings in all areas. More about that later. Please note the rose of the right side of the shed roof, Veilchenblau, has not tried to eat the shed. Initially the white climber known as Killer, Alberic Barbier, was on the left side of the shed. It was moved to the clothesline pole at the far end of the property and awaits a new arbor to grow upon. More about that later.

Inside the shed on the side with the window are some left over cabinets from the reno. A store bought counter top makes a great spot to fiddle with seeds saved. The hanging tools are not quite equal to the vision but are handy and off the floor. Last summer a place to sit was made from an old interior flat door with some leftover cushions from a previously owned patio furniture set. They were too good to throw out, homemade of course and make a comfy spot to sit and dream of new projects for the garden.

I love the shed. In reality not a lot of time is spent in there. It is a storage facility first and foremost. But it is an outstanding garden ornament, its main function. The additon to the house that joined it to the garage has a twelve foot three panel patio door that looks out to the garden with the shed smack dab in the middle of the view. Through the seasons the shed never fails to bring a smile.

Frances

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13 Responses to Shed

  1. Pam/Digging says:

    It’s true that the inclusion of a structure often makes garden photos better. Your shed is a charming addition to your garden, Frances. Thanks for sharing its story. And I am impressed that you showed us the inside of yours. I wasn’t quite brave enough to do that with my shed post.

  2. Frances says:

    Pam…I thought twice about including a photo of the inside, but had recently cleaned it up some and wanted to show it off! HA! Thanks for posting, the computer has been terrible all day, I thought maybe folks could not comment.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Frances I love your shed. I wouldn’t in a million years show the inside of our yard barn. Whew it would scare you.

    Your garden is so beautiful no matter how you photo it.

  4. Frances says:

    lisa…thanks. I would love to have a barn, then you could really accumulate tools.

  5. semi says:

    Man those trays really came in handy in the snowstorm of 95′ (as sleds of course), as for the other treasures we had an entire team helping with the acquisition of those. I do love that shed as does LT! one is also on my wishlist.

  6. Frances says:

    semi…LT does love the shed. Here’s hoping someday you get one of your very own.

  7. brokenbeat says:

    no offense, but i prefer treehouses. my latest is under construction.

  8. Frances says:

    brokenbeat…no offense taken, but sort of like apples to oranges don’t you agree? Good luck with the treehouse.

  9. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    I wish I could have a shed. How great to have the tools available right in the garden. You have done an incredible job gentrifying the shed. It is an asset to your garden. I love the salvaged window. I would have been tempted to find a place for it on the house.

  10. Frances says:

    MMD…Thanks. The window was single pane in wood, not very energy efficient but perfect size for the little eight foot wall of the shed. I highly recommend sheds and don’t know why some associations won’t allow them.

  11. Phillip says:

    It looks fantastic and your garden is so beautiful. I wish I had my tools that organized. I have a garage/storage house that I want to convert into a garden shed. This gives me more motivation. Is that the rose ‘Vielchenblau’ on the shed? I love that rose!

  12. Frances says:

    Phillip…Thanks. For someone like me who doesn’t just like things orderly, but needs it, the shed is helpful. Yes, Veilchenblau is politely growing on the shed. It should be considered as a Killer replacement.

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