Like many old houses, our 1920s cottage can smell a bit sour in the summer heat – especially when we’re on vacation and it sits closed up for days or even weeks on end. Opening the windows is usually a quick fix, and I also use low-tech methods of dehumidifying to keep rooms smelling fresh.
Seems I’m always striving to keep our house as fresh as that elusive summer breeze.
So when a guest writer brought me this piece, with a few simple tips on freshening up around the home, I thought it was worth a share. If you have your own tips for keeping a home fresh in summer, I would love for you to share them in the comments!
Summer can be such a fun time with great weather and lots of exciting things to look forward to. But with so much going on, from vacations to the kids being off school, summer can fly by so fast. So it can sometimes be tricky to really be able to savor the season and enjoy the days of summer fun.
Plus, there are regular things like chores and housework to be getting on with, even if all you want to do is to head to the local swimming pool. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can keep on top of your household chores and cleaning over summer.
When the weather is warmer, it can make your trash smell more, as bugs and mold love the warmer temperatures. So for your large trash can outside, or the one in your kitchen, think about using some baking soda to help clean it. Sprinkling baking soda at the bottom is something that really helps to keep the bad smells at bay.
Bathroom Freshness with Essential Oils
If you have children, they will be home much more in the summer. Friends and family might come calling more often during the summer. And this means your bathrooms will get a lot more use than normal. So in order to keep smells at bay, add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to the inside of your toilet paper roll.
Keep Bugs at Bay
Bugs are much more likely to creep into your home in summer, because doors and windows are open more, and they want to cool off from the heat. Plus, drips from ice lollies and other food can be really attractive, especially for things like ants.
General household cleaning can help to keep pests and bugs at bay, but if you want to save yourself some time, call an exterminator. You might need a specific one, like a bed bug exterminator, for example. It all depends where the problems are in your home. Just keep an eye on things over the summer and call for help when you need it.
Microwave Cleaning with Lemon
With the kids being home over summer, especially with teens, the microwave is something that is much more likely to get used. And is there anything worse than coming downstairs in the morning to find that your teenager has used the microwave to heat pizza, leaving it smelling and dirty. So a quick hack that you can try is slicing a lemon and putting it into a microwavable bowl, and filling the bowl with water. Then pop it in the microwave for three minutes and see what happens. You can remove the bowl and it will make wiping down the sides much easier.
Using a bowl of white vinegar in the microwave and leaving it in there for an hour, with the door shut, can help to get rid of bad smells.
Hopefully these tips will leave you with more time to enjoy your summer fun!
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Today I have two exciting announcements. The first is that I’m introducing my new Summer Guest Writer series. This summer, from time to time, I’ll be handing over the keyboard to some talented voices who will be giving us fresh home and garden inspiration.
But right now he is sharing the DIY rebuild of his vintage garage – which he did on a budget with reclaimed materials. Don’t miss the before and after at the end!
So without further delay, here’s Dan:
My Garage Rebuild
My sister thinks of me as somewhat of a mad scientist, but I’m also a homeowner and occasionally I find myself mired in the tedium that all homeowners face from time to time.
So one day I saw what looked like a little dry rot at the left corner of my garage door frame. Upon closer inspection, I realized the whole front facade was rotting and had to be replaced.
I was looking at two months of nights and weekends working on this. I could have just hired someone but, knowing I was handy enough to do this myself, my frugality won out.
Also I thought it would be fun to give the garage a facelift rather than just replace the rotted lumber.
I began searching the web for images of late Victorian and early Craftsman style houses and garages looking for designs or specific design elements I liked.
Once I had several ideas in my head, I started sketching them up. After several re-designs, here’s the plan I came up with:
Once I had a plan I liked, it was time to develop a shopping list and see what building materials I might already have left over from previous projects.
The plan changed a bit when I realized the old garage door was a custom size. Rather than spending extra on a custom door, I decided to adjust the size of the opening. Losing only 6 inches on each side saved me about $350. I can live with that.
With all my building materials and a new garage door ready for installation, it was time to start the demolition. Some people love demolition, but I find it irritating and hazardous. But the dry rot hadn’t evolved into toxic mold yet, so…yay!
After relieving the tension on the old garage door counterbalance spring (those suckers could take your hand off if you’re not careful) and relocating a light switch, it was time to put on a dust mask and go at it with a sledge and crow bar.
Sometimes you find interesting things while doing demo. I discovered that the original door spanned the full width of the garage. The previous owner probably had to replace the door, and in doing so made the opening more narrow. It was this previous remodel that was rotting away.
The original lumber that the garage was built with was still in pretty good shape after 110 years. Only the old door trim was beginning to rot. It was pretty easy to replace.
Originally it was probably a double sliding door or a pair of bifolds, maybe something like one of these:
I also found copper framing nails in some places. I never knew such a thing existed.
After doing a little research, I found out that, decades ago, copper nails were recommended for use in pressure treated lumber, although none of the lumber I had to tear out was pressure treated (which was why I had to tear it out).
Assembling the new door sections, tracks and tension springs turned out to be a two-day project. The assembly instructions said I should expect it to take 5 hours.
The amount of hardware that comes with a new garage door is incredible.
With Fall rapidly approaching, I decided to turn my attention to getting the siding and windows installed.
I needed two different kinds of siding, two windows, a little bit of tongue & groove beadboard, and some trim. I decided to go with PVC for the beadboard and trim. That stuff never rots. But I wanted the windows and siding to look like they were original to the garage.
Time to start poking around the salvage shops. I wanted traditional lap siding for the sections on either side of the door, and cedar shingles for the gable section. I found both for less than half the price of the big box stores.
The shingles were unused, unpainted leftovers from a job someone over-estimated. The lap siding had nail holes and peeling paint but, for the price, I was willing to do a little sanding and scraping.
I bought about 25% more than I needed but, due to splitting and other flaws I didn’t see when I bought it, it was just barely enough.
I also bought two windows at the salvage shop. They needed to be trimmed down a bit to fit between the existing studs, but they were in fine shape and required far less work than the siding.
Even the old paint color worked for me.
Now I had to do the beadboard at the gable above the windows. I made a template out of scrap wood to make sure the fitment was spot on. Then I glued the sections of beadboard together.
Once the glue set, I marked it with the template and cut it down to size. It fit perfectly!
The weather took a turn, so I had to put off the spackling and touch-up painting, and instead work on installing the garage door opener.
I was blown away by the features available on openers these days. I didn’t need WiFi connectivity or Bluetooth, or alerts sent to my iTelphone, but they still make good old fashioned “push a button and it opens and closes” garage door openers.
They just make them better now.
I got one with a DC motor so it can open slowly at first and then speed up instead of just jerking the door open. That’s easier on the mechanical components of the opener and the door. It’s tiny but powerful.
My original design called for a lantern on either side of the door, but those lanterns would have been right at eye level and kind of blinding instead of shining the light down onto the driveway where I needed it.
So I decided instead to look for something like this:
The price for one of these new would break the budget so, once again, my frugality is getting the best of me. I’ve decided to make my own. In a previous post, I made a rustic pendant barn light out of a $14 heat lamp, so maybe you’ll see this build in a future blog post.
But right now, summer is starting to roll around again and I have other projects needing my attention. A homeowner’s work is never done.
I wasn’t really looking for a late-summer remodel project, but all in all it went pretty well and there weren’t too many unpleasant surprises. Plus I learned a few things along the way, which is always fun.
Let’s take another look at what I started with. This was the garage before:
And here it is now:
My design also called for a trellis over the door, but I’ve gotten so many compliments on this from neighbors and passers-by already that I’m going to leave it as-is. Maybe at a later time, if I feel the design is getting stale, I’ll add a trellis and a wisteria to grow on it. But for now I think this is fine.
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A while back, I briefly mentioned my current plant crush: The air plant called Tillandsia usneoides (or live Spanish moss). I’d been admiring these plants for some time, and recently I broke down and bought a few.
They are very versatile. I even used one as the outer ring for my elevated tulips arrangement.
Spanish moss is the mystical-looking stuff that hangs from live oak in the South.
At my house, it just hangs from a tall vase and resembles a beautiful sorceress.
Every couple of weeks, I soak the plants in water for six to eight hours.
Sometimes I toss a couple of small drops of plant fertilizer into the water.
After their long bath, I hang them to dry.
Alternatively, I could mist the plants every 3 or 4 days.
This plant loves filtered sunlight and good air circulation. In my climate, it yearns for the outdoors in spring and summer.
So recently, I decided to give the sorceress what she wanted. I would release her into the wild.
Releasing My Air Plants Into the Wild
Of course it’s safety first for my beloved Spanish moss. So the sorceress went only as far as my front porch, but at least she’s outdoors.
She hangs from a potted corkscrew willow branch where soft breezes and morning sun can caress her. My thought is that this closely resembles what she would be doing in her natural habitat. And here, I can make sure she gets enough mist to (hopefully) stay happy and healthy.
Kidding aside, I’m hoping to see this plant grow and multiply this summer. With more of it, the decor possibilities are endless.
Will the birds try to use the Spanish moss for nesting material? We will find out. I’m whisking the sorceress indoors at the first sign of trouble.
But right now I think the lion likes her.
A Spring Garden Tour
These photos might have you thinking that I have some tiny modicum of control over the garden, but don’t be fooled. As always, chaos is winning.
So I have decided to just go with it. If something wants to form drifts and take over, maybe that actually means less work for me? I can kid myself anyway.
After all, it’s hard to get mad at the adorable sweet woodruff that has taken over my patio garden.
Or the poppies that are everywhere.
This time of year, everything is so fresh and green.
It’s amazing what a difference a couple of months can make. Here is our front birdbath now.
And now in the shade garden, where the snow had flattened the undergrowth, the tiki is being taken over by hardy geranium.
Over on the fence line, the bees are crazy about the blooming hebe.
I am a pushover for topiaries because they can help bring a little structure and order to the chaos. Recently I pruned this succulent (which spent the winter in the greenhouse) into an orderly shape.
The peonies I planted last year are still scrawny, but I did get a beautiful blossom from one of them.
This time of year, there is always plenty to do in the garden. You could probably tell that I still have a lot of work left. Gardening (or “taming the beast,” as I think of it) is the main reason that my blog posts are so few and far between in spring.
Thanks for visiting today and coming along on my spring garden tour. If you get a chance, check out my Summer Gear page – one of the new “rooms” in my updated Shop.
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But the bargain hunter in me could not resist the $5 apiece metal baskets that I found at a local discount store. They even came with their own coconut liners. But they had a black vinyl coating, so the rust technique would not work on them. Black they would stay!
I took the coconut lining out of one basket – the basket that would serve as the “top half” of the sphere.
I left the lining in the other basket – the basket that would serve as the “bottom half.” (I did trim the lining down a bit as it seemed too large). This “bottom half” would contain soil and plants.
Then, just to help with water retention for the plants, I fitted the inside of the coconut lining with a layer of landscape fabric.
I covered the outside of the coconut lining with sheet moss.
I didn’t have one large piece of sheet moss to use, so I just layered a few of the sheet moss scraps that I had onhand.
Then I added potting soil and, because the sphere would be hanging in part shade, I planted it with New Guinea impatiens and baby tears.
Building the Sphere
So how would I fasten the two halves together? And preferably with something that I could easily reopen? I pondered this for some time before realizing that the chains on the baskets already had clips that would work perfectly.
I removed the chain from the “top half” basket. That chain would not be needed.
I kept the chain on the “bottom half” basket.
Then I just attached the “top half” to the “bottom half” with the fastening clips from that chain.
This photo explains it better than I can.
Voila! I had my sphere.
I’d lined up the two halves so that the wire patterns of each mirrored one another.
Now I have a strange and unique “globe” hanging on my front porch.
Every now and then, I take my readers over to visit my mom Erika’s beautiful garden. But today we’re headed inside her house to tour her charming sunroom.
It’s my favorite room in her house and the one I always gravitate toward. But it was not always like that.
In fact, it was not always a sunroom.
A Porch Conversion
When Mom first moved into her mid century rambler, the sunroom was actually just a covered porch.
Even though the porch was in dire need of a facelift (as was the rest of the house), it was a nice place to relax on a warm day. But it wasn’t living up to its full potential. Mom could almost hear the porch begging to be enclosed and converted to a sunroom that could be enjoyed year round.
So that is exactly what she did. She hired out some of the work, and she had some help from my brother Dan. But she did much of the work herself – including installing the ceramic tile floor.
A door in the media room gives us access the sunroom. Let’s go back in time to right after Mom got the house. This was the media room then – and the door to what was then the covered porch.
The media room was probably the ugliest room in the house – and if this photo isn’t proof that Mom is fearless, I don’t know what is. (Actually, at the time I think we were all pretty excited about the potential of Mom’s cosmetic fixer.)
The Tour Begins
Of course, Mom immediately made improvements to the media room. This is the entrance to the sunroom now.
The sunroom is long and narrow, so Mom divided it into three zones.
The Tea Room
Coming through the media room door, this is the first area we see.
A corner of windows gives it abundant natural light. When I visit Mom, especially on a rainy day, there is nothing I love more than to sip a cup of tea with her here.
For a rustic contrast, Mom kept the original pine ceiling.
If we turn toward the bank of windows, we have access to the outdoors.
And here I must mention that my brother Dan did the interior finish work on all the windows and doors.
He did a beautiful job of trimming them, and it was good practice for the stunning dining room conversion he undertook at his own house a few years later.
The Reading Area
If we turn from the tea room, we face a teak bench. It serves as a reading area, but more importantly it helps to separate the potting area behind it from the tea room.
The bench divides and defines the spaces, yet it is low enough to allow ample light and a spacious feel.
Plus, no matter who you are, it is a nice place to relax.
The Potting Area
The newest addition to Mom’s greenhouse is the bench that my father built years ago. In my childhood home, this bench sat in the entry hall.
Mom replaced the cushioned seat with a laminate, added a little paint, and now the bench is part of her potting area. It stores potting supplies, and the top can be used as a work surface.
And from the tea room, we don’t see the potting soil, empty pots, or hand trowels.
But this is where plants are overwintered and tubers are started in Spring.
A shelf in the corner holds decor and plants.
It is still bright enough in this corner for the plants to thrive.
Sun-loving plants are placed near the windows.
This concludes our little tour of Mom’s sunroom. I hope you enjoyed it.
Now it’s time for Mom to relax a bit with her loyal companion before starting her next project. But knowing Mom, she won’t be sitting for long.
Here are my previous posts about Mom’s home and garden:
Last fall, a cousin invited us to her party and made me cup of coffee with her little Nespresso machine. Specifically, she made me a lungo – which, to me, is a cross between a shot of espresso and an Americano. It was a strong and delicious cup of coffee, with the water steamed to a light froth.
It reminded me of Europe: The hotels where we stayed all had these nifty coffee machines in their breakfast rooms that, with the push of a button, could produce lungos, espressos, cappuccinos, and more – on demand. These were small cups of coffee – six ounces at most – not the grande-sized drinks we are used to here in the States.
So when Chris found a barely-used Nespresso Lattissima Plus on eBay, he surprised me with it on Christmas.
It was one of the nicer Nespresso models and could make both milk- and water-based coffee drinks. (This model is also currently available, new and used, through Amazon.)
Worrying – It’s What I Do Best
I was excited about my gift but also hesitant.
First of all, even though it was a small machine, it was still something that would take up countertop space (and an electrical outlet) in our kitchen. And since this little machine would only make single cups of coffee, and short ones at that, it would not take the place of our existing coffee maker. So we’d have to keep that one as well.
Secondly, Nespresso machines use coffee capsules, and the used capsules cannot be sent out in our curbside recycling.
Lastly, cleaning the machine, specifically the milk spout, looked like a lot of work.
Chris immediately dispelled my concern about cleaning the milk spout. He showed me the button to push to automatically clean the spout with steamed water.
“Now just try it,” he said. “We don’t have to keep it.”
Moments later, while sipping a delicious lungo, I said “Oh we’re keeping it.”
So I pushed aside some of the serveware on the hutch countertop and plugged the Nespresso in there.
The clutter was not ideal, but it was wonderful to be able to make espresso drinks so easily.
The hutch countertop remained cluttered until recently when we added this vintage cabinet to our kitchen. It now holds most of our casual serveware.
This freed up space on the hutch countertop for a prettier coffee station.
Coincidentally, my mom Erika had been organizing recently too – in her craft/sunroom. (We’re going there, by the way, in a future post. Her sunroom is so pretty that I have to show you.) She offered me one of the beautiful landscapes she paints.
When I got it home, I set it on the hutch until I found a place for it – and then I realized that the hutch is the perfect place. (Lately I’ve been loving the casual look of simply propping art against walls on tables and countertops. It makes it so easy to “layer” the pieces with more art or move pieces around.)
I found a new tray with colors that complement the painting.
We don’t do syrups in our coffee, so I kept the coffee station simple. The Frango tin holds a bag of powdered cocoa for the occasional mocha or hot chocolate.
As far as the machine itself goes, my only small issue is that sometimes the steamed milk could be a bit warmer. (And I keep forgetting to put the detachable milk carafe back in the fridge after making a milk-based drink. But I can’t blame the machine for that!)
Overall, we’ve really upped our coffee game around here, and I’m feeling better about keeping the machine. Coffee anyone?
I recently visited a thrift store where I spied a simple and classy silver footed cake stand. As I was deciding if I really needed it, an announcement came over the PA that all pink-tagged items were on sale. Since the cake stand had a pink tag, I took that as a sign that I was meant to have it.
I’ve always been a pushover for pedestals or any kind of elevated or footed container.
And just the way a cake looks so much more impressive on an elevated stand, if I take a common, garden-variety plant, and place it in an elevated container, that somehow makes the plant look more important.
So today, I am sharing the simple way that I used my silver cake stand to display a bunch of grocery store tulips.
For this project, the goal was to take a small bunch of cut tulips (cost: $1.69) and make them look like they were growing out of a moss-covered chunk of earth. This chunk of earth would be elevated on the stand to contrast natural materials with polished elegance.
I used five tulips, some sheet moss (my favorite go-to for floral and decor projects), a little reindeer moss, a shallow water-tight saucer (in this case, a plastic faux clay saucer), spike flower frogs, and my newly found silver cake stand.
And I used one more surprise material that I will show you later.
It was easy. I cut the sheet moss to size to wrap it over the top of, and around the sides of, the shallow saucer. I tucked the ends of the sheet moss underneath the saucer.
I cut a large hole in the middle of the sheet moss so that I could place flower frogs inside the saucer.
And then I cut the tulips to the desired height and secured them onto the flower frogs, spacing them somewhat evenly.
I placed the saucer on the cake plate and filled it with water for the tulips.
Then, using reindeer moss, I covered the hole I’d cut in the sheet moss. This was to conceal the flower frogs.
It looked a little like a “tulip cake,” if there is such a thing. I thought it was kind of cute, and I was tempted to leave it at that.
Tillandsia Usneoides (live Spanish moss) is a beautiful and amazing air plant. It is my current obsession, and I will be writing more about it soon. For now, let’s just say it was the icing on the cake (okay, more like the icing around the cake).
I can simply replace these tulips with new ones once they get tired – or try a different type of flower or even a combination.
And maybe one day I will use the stand for a real cake.
Today I’m sharing a fun little organizing project that I’m very happy with. I always love it when wasted space finally gets put to good use. And this time, it was . . .
An Underutilized Kitchen Corner
Although we remodeled our kitchen several years ago, there is one space that we could have done a better job of thinking through: The bland, empty corner where the cabinetry ends on the north wall.
The heat register, the light switch, and the traffic flow from the kitchen to the hallway all made this corner a bit challenging to plan. At the time of our remodel, we had so many other decisions to make that we didn’t give it proper attention.
It became a feeding station for our cats – which actually was great since, for the most part, it kept our little darlings away from the food prep area. But now our only cat is the lovely Priscilla, and she prefers to eat her meals upstairs.
I was thrilled at her choice because I could finally do something more with this underappreciated corner. But what? Since shelving wouldn’t block the heat register, I was considering attaching shelves, or maybe a floating bookcase, to the pantry cabinet on the left.
Around the same time, Chris started asking me when I was going to do something, anything, with the vintage cabinets that I’d had in our garage for the past couple of years.
We’d picked these two cabinets up at a garage sale for $5 apiece. Since each cabinet only has two “good,” finished sides (the front and one side), my assumption is that they were actually built-ins that had been pulled out of an old house.
The flush-mount cabinet doors, the glass knobs, and the leaded glass fronts, are all similar to the original dining room cabinetry in our house – which was built in the 1920s.
So to me, buying the cabinets was a no-brainer.
I just had no idea what we were going to do with them. There didn’t seem to be any good place to put them if we were going to keep them together.
With Chris wanting his garage space back, and with the cat bowls gone, it finally clicked. I took measurements and, sure enough, one of those vintage cabinets (the one with its “good side” on the right) would fit in that blank kitchen corner without obstructing the light switch – if we put legs on it so that it would clear the heat register.
But that old cabinet would need a lot more than just legs.
Paint or Finish?
I originally wanted to paint the cabinet the same white as our kitchen cabinets. But then I noticed that it had been painted – and someone had gone through the painstaking work of stripping the paint and sanding it.
And the wood was fir – like our floors. Since someone else had already done all the hard work, I decided to apply a finish to the exterior and paint only the interior.
(I went ahead and worked on both cabinets at once – even though my plans for the second cabinet are still in flux.)
A Danish Oil Finish
For the exterior, I used Watco Danish Oil in Natural. It can be applied with a rag, which I find so much easier than using a paint brush – at least on non-ornate surfaces.
Danish oil is not like Polyurethane, and I found this post that explains the differences. And this post has helpful tips on the proper method of application – which I followed – as well as the proper way to handle application rags since – yikes! – a wadded-up oil-soaked rag could possibly combust!
Applying the oil with a rag was easy, but the wood was very thirsty. I probably applied 10 layers of the oil over the course of several days.
Prime and Paint
I painted the interior with three coats of primer and two coats of white paint.
For smaller flat surfaces like this, I prefer to use a Shur-Line paint edger instead of a roller because it gives me a smooth, even finish. Then I use a small paint brush for the hard-to-reach areas.
The white paint is a custom blend that matches our kitchen cabinets and is the same paint I used on the walls for our laundry room remodel.
Finally the fun part: A stencil! I just wanted a simple accent and, since I couldn’t find a stencil I liked, I used one I’ve had on hand for years.
I practiced a little and experimented with color combinations.
We’ve collected, inherited, and been given these pieces over the years. What I love about Villeroy & Boch is that many of their patterns, even the vintage ones, are a bit playful. They put a whimsical spin on classic china.
Repurposed Valentine’s Day Flowers
For the centerpiece, I just used some of my Valentine’s Day roses in a vintage fan vase.
It didn’t take up much table space, and it added a little visual tension to the blue-and-white theme.
So the dinner went well, and by now my family was lulled into a false sense of security – because they had not yet seen The Cake.
An Experimental Orange Rum Cake
Here I should mention that this is not a cooking blog. And I would never, ever, claim to have expertise in baking.
You’ll see why when I show you the birthday cake that I baked.
What is that brown stuff on top? We’ll come to that.
I knew the birthday girl would enjoy a fruit-flavored cake with little or no frosting. The words “orange cake” popped into my head. So I googled it.
I found this recipe for a syrup-infused orange cake. But instead of following the recipe for the cake, I just used a boxed yellow cake mix and substituted orange juice for the water.
Then I followed the recipe for the orange syrup portion, but I decided to make it an orange rum cake. So I substituted some of the orange juice that the recipe called for with spiced rum.
It was all going really well. The syrup was infusing into the cake.
It was time for the final step: Making the glaze. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but my glaze cooled into rock-hard clumps the minute I spread it onto the cake. It stuck to the spatula. It stuck to my teeth. I knew then that if I finished spreading it on the cake, I’d need a chain saw to cut into it. So I stopped. All done!
Next time I’ll skip that part. I served the cake with whipped cream, and it was actually pretty tasty – for an experiment.
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Here in the Puget Sound region, we are just beginning to thaw out from the deepest February snow accumulation since 1916! All around the area, schools and businesses were closed. Kids rejoiced. But most adults had mixed feelings – because, with all our steep hills, getting around in the snow can be pretty darn tricky.
But this snow storm was nothing like the incredible cold that folks in the Midwest recently suffered through so, out of respect for those hardy souls, no sniveling words of self pity will appear in this post.
Even though I kind of knew that our little Sunglo greenhouse was designed to withstand heavy snow, I never realized how well it would actually shed snow.
Was it the curved roof line, the fact that we never let the interior temperature dip below 50 degrees, or a little of both? I don’t really know. But that greenhouse was the only thing in our garden that wasn’t covered in six to twelve inches of show.
It shrugged off the snow that fell on it.
Inside the greenhouse, things were cozy. The plants were happy.