Monday, 30 April 2012

Disappearing Greenhouse

Gosh this could be a comedy sketch. 

I looked out of the bedroom window yesterday morning, to note scattered pots, then I looked far right, to note the garden gate had been pushed open by the strong winds and the compost bin my father had only just given me was rolling in the drive-away, but that was not the part that made my mouth drop - our new greenhouse was gone.   It wasn't an expensive one made from glass or plastic sheeting, but one of those cost effective walk in greenhouses.  We thought it would serve us well until of course we could afford a real one.  We even staked it into the ground and put some happy growing seedlings into it.  Still the strong winds got it and uplifted it to who knows where.   

I went out, still in my PJs to recover some of these things, only to discover that the compost bin that had been rolling about had escaped out of the garden gate.  I looked outside to see if I could rescue it, but it was nowhere to be seen.  I went to take a look closer at the seedling pots.   I was disappointed to see my little tomato seedlings, courgette plants, broad beans, sunflowers - mostly gone...My growing antics are certainly being delayed by mother nature. 

D shook his head in disbelief and asked a rhetorical question 'So how many times have we had our greenhouse damaged?'.  'Yes, more than five times'.  See here of one example.  

My mother has been teasing me all month, saying that I have brought the poor weather with me all the way from Scotland, I think there may be some truth in that now.  One thing we were thankful for though, was that the weather in Scotland was a bit better at the weekend, as we would be worrying our heads about our unsold flat there and the roof tiles.   

Oh and our phone line and Internet was down at the weekend too. Its fixed now.

32 comments:

  1. Ohh noo! Poor greenhouse, hope you can recover something or have time to start again...I had a similar debacle with my plastic greenhouse, it got blown over in the wind but thankfully stayed on the floor where it fell so I could sift through all the spilt soil and replant my seedlings.

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    1. I am so pleased you were able to recover your greenhouse and replant seedlings, not much luck for me though :(

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  2. The world's weather has gone mad Shaheen.

    Just a note...the greenhouse didn't have help to disappear did it? Are you sure it was the wind?
    You didn't say whether you found it again?

    Let's hope that you're spring visits now you're into May ;D

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    1. Thanks Neesie,
      No the greenhouse was really uplifted by mother nature; no greedy pickers this time - and nope never saw it again - off floating on the motorway somewhere amidst the green.

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  3. Gah! I feel your pain. One year, whole sheets of glass got blown out of my greenhouse and traveled about 20feet to smash in the road! It is quite scary really. My fences blew down but the greenhouse was intact this weekend. I was feeling all behind with the garden but now I realise many people have had set backs. My Dad said tonight 'You can't argue with Mother Nature'.

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    1. Thanks Lucy. I am so sorry to learn that of yoru greenhouse experience and with glass too! Your Pa is right 'can't argue with mother nature'.

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  4. That must have been some wind.

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    1. Yeph it was , my little greeenhouse had no chance :(

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  5. So the bad weather is your fault. I thought it was mine. The weather has been dreadful since we bought a new garden bench.

    Sorry to hear about your greenhouse. I have a small plastic one too and Ive had to move to stop the wind getting at it, but the slugs have moved in and are eating everything.

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    1. Cookie Jar,
      Well apparentely to my mother it is - woaw the power I have, I wonder if I win the lotter this week - hardly. Yeah your right about the slugs, I noted there slimey activity around my snflowers before the greenhouse disappeared.

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  6. Sorry about your greenhouse and everything else, it is disheartening. My greenhouse was destroyed by my allotment neighbour's shed in the last lot of strong winds. The idiot didn't peg it down!!! xx

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    1. Oh Fran, I am sorry to hear that. Joys of the allotment.

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  7. Oh no! It is such terrible weather. Fingers firmly crossed for it getting better.

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  8. Poor you, just when you had got going/growing again.

    Well us gardeners are made of stern stuff, off you go, set it all up again. Tip - wait for nicer weather though.

    (SO....it was YOU that brought all this bad weather down here from Scotland I hadn't really though of that!!.......LOL)

    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you Sue. This year seems to be a strange one for me, not so much luck yet...Your right about gardeners being made of stern stuff though, but as you advise I will wait for warmer weather. And maybe sow some more seeds inside.

      (Yeph ac. to my mother the weather is all my fault!)

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  9. It's been awful here too - fortunately I haven't tried to put up my little green house as I'm waiting to have some work done on the back of the house, otherwise it would probably blown over the hills to Herefordshire by now!
    Cooking, knitting and sewing are the activities going on here - and watch nextdoors enormous laurel hedge get even taller thanks to the rain!

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    1. You are so wise Jee.
      MMm not sure what to say abotu the neighbours laurel hedge, you may need to get the trimmers out yourself.

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  10. Wow!! That learning curve of yours sure is a doozie.. Can anything else happen? Our weather was very warm this winter/spring so I planted early to take advantage of it. Two days ago we had a hard frost.......NEVER think you have an upper hand on Mother Nature .....she'll bite you in the bum every time.

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    1. A doozie - that's a new word for me Hobbit. I'm liking it. And yeah mother nature will bite you back for sure.

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  11. Well, THAT has cramped your style, but inquiring minds want to know ... did you find the greenhouse yet? We, too have had high winds here in the States ... branches down and pots of flowers on the back wall tumbled across the yard to lay under the bushes, but nothing like your tempest!

    Good luck recovering everything!

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Sadly no - the greenhouse is truly gone. Some of the bend frames left behind and the pegs that we used to stake it - HA HA, but no greenhouse. Thanks for the warm wishes, and i hope the weather stays cool where you are.

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  12. I'm so sad to hear that, Shaheen! I hope the next greenhouse stays, I really do.

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  13. Oh what a disappointment! We had our cubbyhut blow over in strong winds earlier this year - we were lucky nothing broke as it knocked over pot plants - but at least sylvia loved hearing me tell her the story of the cubbyhut over and over - she would love to hear about your greenhouse but I don't think that is much comfort to you :-(

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    1. Thanks Johanna,
      Yes it is a disappointment. I'm pleased to read that your cubby hut wasn't damaged too much. And yeph your right, I would not find much comfort in telling Sylvia the story over and over, though its kinda funny - happening to us more than three times, namely by mother nature, but one time by horrid allotment neighbours who set the whole plot on fire - ggrrrr - still makes me so angry.

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  14. Shaheen, you poor thing this is terrible news, I saw S.Wales had taken a battering over the weekend. How annoying the greenhouse is no more and the compost bin too, so frustrating that your growing season is being delayed.
    If it's any consolation, I saw a long range weather report this week and they say we are in for a good summer after a cold May is out of the way! Hope so! Hope your week improves, x

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    1. Thanks Patty,
      Yes its so annoying. Feel behind already, moreso now. I read that May is going to be terrible too. Am looking forward to the summer for a number of reasons, sunshine for a start :0)

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  15. just got back from a weeks hols in cornwall to discover that my plastic grow house was not there! Same as you some seedlings lost.... I peared over the hedge into the next field and way off in the distance was a heap of plastic and metal.... took me about an hour to retrieve it all! Think I am going to have to do some serious bodging to get anything resembling a grow house out of what remains.... had a lovely lot of asparagus to pick tho!!!

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    1. Oh Sylvan - I am sorry to learn that your plastic greenhouse went astray too, but at least you managed to recover some of it :) So good luck with the growing. My husband will be envious of your asparagus. Hope you had a good holiday though.

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  16. That is awfully depressing! Here in St. Louis we are in the middle of tornado season so I can't dare put my seedlings outside lest I forget them one night and have them blown away like last year. And if the wind doesn't get them, the squirrels will. So I have a setup in my dining room with a tray full of seedlings and a plant light clipped onto a music stand. Today I bought some metal baskets to put over the plants once I get them in the ground. I'm hoping that will deter any creatures from destroying plants that they will surely enjoy destroying later on in the summer.

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    1. Hello e. Yes it really was. i hope your dining room isn't clogged for too long and the weather warms up so you can plant them out. The beasties in the garden, are another issue... hope you win the ongoing battle with the squirrels.

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