Now we are up at the front of the shed looking down, before the snowfall. You can see the back of the main house. The back doorway, the vestibule, just to the right of the octagonal window, is a spot to get out the elements while taking muddy boots off, there is a bench on the right for seating and on the left is the storage can with secured lid which holds the birdseed. On the left end of the house you can see the patio doors in the master bedroom which offer lovely garden views from the bed or usually while seated on a loveseat facing out the back. To the right of the back door is the g/s. Five windows and two skylights give this space lots of light. The back of the house faces south, so the g/s gets the morning sun from the east side and hotter midday sun from the south.
Inside the vestibule you enter the mudroom, which is a hall with four doors and a wall of hooks and shelves for hanging jackets and stacking shoes and boots. The doors are the vestibule door, the door into the living room, the mudroom closet door and the g/s door. Looking into the g/s, the light from the windows and skylights always makes the photos taken when facing the outside more challenging, but you get the idea of the space.
Coming into the g/s and starting from the left side, there is a solid wall that backs to the closet in the mudroom. The door opens in and takes up most of that wall when open. In the corner of the eight by twelve room is the sink. We used the old kitchen sink from the main house saved from the renovation. There is a cabinet underneath for storage of seed starting mix and fertilizer for the orchids. There is a shelf above the sink that now is holding extra orchid pots. An old cutting board gives a work surface for the potting done to start the seeds.
Just to the right, attached to the faucet, is the coiled hose with a sprayer nozzle wand that does the misting and watering of all plants living in the g/s. A thermometer keeps us posted on how the temps are holding. We had a minimum-maximum thermometer but it malfunctioned and was pricey so this cheapo replacement was purchased and is satisfactory. This is the first winter that a space heater was not used in here. There is a vent in the wall at the top that supplies heat from the main house. The space heater was not reliable, sometimes over heating and actually killing the orchids, the temp once registered at 99 degrees when we returned home from a short trip away. Too much moisture was blamed, we were lucky there was no fire. Anyway, the orchids are loving the cooler night temps, and we are safer and the utility bill reflects that happiness as well.
Looking across from the sink to the south east corner, you can see the hanging bromeliad trellis and the top shelf of the paphs along with the seed trays.
Looking from the sink, you see the window out to the vestibule and the light switch.
Here is the entrance door, salvaged and painted in a jaunty color combo with a window to help light the mudroom.You have now seen all the walls of this tiny but useful room. Actually, the whole house is tiny but usefully designed.
Looking down, the floor is tiled and has a drain. This has proven to be a most useful item. The dark spots around the drain are potting soil, not something more sinister, although on occasion that appears and is promptly dealt with. The room is emptied after the weather has warmed for the season, usually sometime in May, and the whole room is scrubbed down. Sometimes it gets another coat of the outdoor paint that covers all painted surfaces. The walls are the green type of drywall used in bathrooms but still are regularly caulked for added moisture protection. Moisture is abundant here with nearly daily mistings from the coil hose wand, one reason the plants love it so.
The tray of swiss chard and ‘Bishop’s Children’ dahlia seedlings is growing nicely. We don’t use grow lights for the seed starting, maybe we should, but they will be okay once outside in the ground.
Celosia cristata has germinated. These were free seeds from Chiltern’s Seeds when the catalog was ordered. It will be a surprise what colors come of these, some look like they are going to be yellow.
The chicken grit has proven to be a good seed starting medium. Expensive but only a sprinkling is needed over top of the seed starting mix. This is white balloon flower, platycodon, from saved seed, beginning its germination. Hooray, the balloon flower’s blooms are long lasting and beautiful.
Dill on the left and basil ‘Spicy Globe’ on the right.
It is hoped that this is truly a dierama seedling just peeking up out of the mix at the very bottom of the photo. Sometimes seeds travel to random pots and mess up the identification process. The dierama is from the Chiltern Seed order.
Just to show that a g/s is not necessary to start seeds, this is one of the offspring’s windows, complete with her own nursery of seed starting paraphanalia. Thanks, semi!