Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Peek into a Glass House...and a Glass Dome...

Graham's Glass House...

Seedlings, succulents and geraniums.

Pretty wire shelves and a plethora of pots bearing garden goodies.

If I had a Glass House I would be able to grow and over winter many of these tender plants.

Isn't this green jardinere stunning?
I love the chartreuse colour and the classic Weller stand that it sits on.

There are cacti and many unusual varieties of exotic plants.

A Glass House offers shelter and a controlled environment.

Speaking of controlling ones environment...
our naughty cats make it next to impossible for me to have fresh flowers in the house.
I adore fresh flowers and when my roses bloom it gives me such joy to bring them inside and arrange them in vases and place them in various rooms for us to enjoy.

I have been looking for a garden cloche for awhile.
 The Bungalow on Estevan in Oak Bay has several...
I opted for this small one but 
 a larger one would allow for a bigger display so my search is still on...

Tulips in a vintage matte white pottery bowl.
Set atop an arts and crafts copper tray designed and crafted by "Peter."
The candle sticks are Arts and Crafts hand hammered Princess design made by The Roycroft Company.
They are thought to be Karl Kipp's design from his Tookay Studio circa 1912-1915.

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.”

~ Marianne Williamson ~

"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity."
~ John Ruskin ~


  1. How perfect! I think the cloche fits your house and your garden to a T - wonderful that it's so practical.

  2. The cloche is a great solution for your pets. Graham's glass house is delightful. I hope you enjoyed the orchid show - we saw the signs but never visited.

    1. The Orchid Show and Sale was wonderful!
      There were So many exotic and different varieties on display and I restrained myself and only purchased one orchid!

  3. I think you need a greenhouse! Can Mr. HB find a place on your property and design one for you?

    1. Mr. HB would design and craft a fabulous Glass fact he wants to build one to grow tomatoes! All in good time...

  4. The tray, cloche and flowers are so appropriate for your lovely bungalow.

  5. The cloche is lovely and something I would expect in a Victorian parlor. Does it help keep the flowers hydrated and longer-lasting? I wondered if it had a purpose other than decorative.

    1. I don't think the cloche will keep the flowers alive longer due to the enclosed environment...just longer because the cats won't nibble on them or deconstruct the bouquet!

  6. I love all of the cacti and succulents. Great solution with the glass cloche, and that quote, I love!

  7. So much floral and gardening inspiration -- thank you! Curious to know if the cloche will get taken off as those tulips "grow" -- the way mine always do in a vase (or will the cloche slow this action somehow?)

  8. I cut the tulips shorter so that they would fit inside...when they opened up they pressed against the glass and looked like they were trying to get free!