We have a temporary walk-in plastic greenhouse that has sat on the patio since last October, protecting the semi-tender plants we have. In such a small garden, the only place for it is right in front of the patio doors, blocking off our view. This thing has sat there through the winter and I’ve had to look at it nearly every day for almost 6 months.
I’ve been getting desperate to take it down for the Spring, but with winter clinging on and the temperatures refusing to rise, it has had to stay up for an agonising extra few weeks longer. Just as a reminder of what we’ve been staring at all this time:
A couple of weeks ago, the temperatures did start to rise and I finally got fed up enough to start taking it all down and getting our patio back to normal. The plan also included giving the patio a good clean with the pressure washer.
Due to the limited space, taking this down with all the plants and paraphernalia around was a bit like solving a Sokoban (Chinese Warehouse Keeper) game, moving some things out of the way to make room to dismantle other bits and not settings the patio plants in place where they might block me from moving around and getting to other parts.
After much wrestling with the plastic and poles and moving around of plants, as well as a good scrub, we finally have the patio back to how it should be.
Although I’m not done yet as I need to also take down the greenhouse against the bamboo and jasmine, leaving just the one against the house wall. This might take a little while as a lot of plants in that greenhouse need to be dealt with first.
With the clean-up pretty much done, finally being able to see out of the patio doors and having our patio back again after the winter is such a relief and very spirit-lifting. The large greenhouse was absolutely needed to protect the young and tender plants over the winter but I’m not sorry it’s gone now.