Photo by Salt Water New England

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Greenhouse Green

Photos by Salt Water New England
This has been a cool spring. Earth day (April 22), a convenient annual reference point, usually marks a time when one's hands can be spent in the rich soil.  But the weather of 2018 has required plants stay in the greenhouse longer to get bigger and hardier, and most around here have not yet left.

Regardless, there is a green of new growth that is unlike anything else.  It is beautiful to look at, of course, but the tender leaves introduce the classic dilemma of when - in the plants' growth - is the right time to harvest them. 


  1. Sure, the harvest is what it's all about but seeing the tiny plants has always been so pleasing, calming and reassuring to me. Thanks for all the pictures. At first glance I thought that was a Winnie the Pooh image on the end of the log.

  2. Although nowhere near the scale shown in these photos, my seedling are also being coddled under protection. In fact, I didn't even start them until much later than usual due to the extended winter.

  3. It's the same with our seedlings, Bitsy. I've never started seed so late, and feel lucky that the plants seem to be taking all this strange weather in stride.

  4. What an amazing place. So peaceful and gorgeous. Does this belong to your farmer neighbor?


  5. We just learned the strangest thing - at least to me. People are planting "grown" tulips and then when the blooms begin to fade, are digging them up and returning them to greenhouses until the following spring. And/or simply burying pots of tulips just at the soil line, so they can be removed.

    Of course by people, I mean hired landscapers.

  6. I used to think a greenhouse was an extravagance. Then I became a gardener!