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.