You may remember back in June that one set of benches in our home greenhouse collapsed.
It was a mess. Fortunately, there wasn’t much damage.
L thought it would be easier if I could find replacement shelves at a local box store. Unfortunately, none of the premanufactured options fit the bill. So, I spent a couple weekends building a set this fall.
I used scrap planks, cut them into 2″ wide strips on the table saw, and then assembled everything together with wood screws. Afterwards, I stained the wood with preservative and stapled on 1/4 inch mesh. Here is the finished result.
I decided to go ahead and replace the benches on the other side of the greenhouse while I was at it. I figured if the one set had already collapsed, it was only a matter of time until the other set did too. It was a good thing, as the second set disintegrated as I was taking it out of the greenhouse. Here is the completed project.
The scent of wood preservative is still quite strong. It reminds me of the smell of pine tar on a warm summer day while walking through a neighborhood of wooden houses in Visby, a medieval city on the island of Gotland in Sweden.
Elsewhere in the garden, our Azara microphylla is looking a bit sparse, which is a shame. The tiny little yellow powder puff flowers emit a lovely chocolatey scent in spring. I wonder if this means it is going to die or whether it will recover? I’ve got a few rooted cuttings planted elsewhere in the garden as backups if they manage to survive the winter.
Aleuria aurantia, the orange peel fungus, popping up from the roots of one of the Dougfir trees we cut down years ago. It’s nice to see vibrant color when most everything else outside seems gray and drab.
The unidentified mushroom from a few posts ago opened up.
Yellow, red, orange, and brown fall leaves contrasting with the blue of our groundcover juniper (Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’). Bucketloads of weeds are germinating everywhere with the onset of our fall rains. Can you spy stinky Bob (Geranium robertianum)?
Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) is at its best color-wise. I’m glad to see some warm colors this time of year. The photos don’t do it justice.
I was pleasantly surprised at the color on the European beech (Fagus sylvatica) in late November, especially with the dark green Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ as a backdrop.
Thanks to Dancing Oaks Nursery, I found a replacement for my golden chinkapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla) that died a few months ago. They have a bunch of this hard-to-find native in stock and I am so happy to have found some. Can’t wait until that golden color on the undersides of the leaves develops more fully. Fingers crossed that it survives!
I’ll leave this “short” post with a photo of a camellia blossom I found while walking around Portland a few weeks ago. Neither of our camellias at home have set bud this year, so it was nice to see one in bloom.