The greenhouses at Chelsea this year are lovely. They were all stunning but what I found interesting was the different ways in which they had been decked out inside. Some were treated as hothouses with Lemons and Oranges, and lush herbs.
Others as extra ‘rooms’ complete with wooden desks.
If you love vintage then there’s no need to confine it to your home. Your greenhouse is the perfect place to indulge in a love of gardens past. In days-gone-by the greenhouse was the hub of the garden, the congregation point, and on a rainy day, the retreat. With a few small touches you can give your greenhouse that vintage swagger, all it takes is a little imagination and trip or two to the flea market.
A nice line of bunting lends an air of celebration to your greenhouse. In the 40s bunting was a by-word for patriotism but today you can buy bunting in all colours that communicates all kinds of messages. Display your flag with honour or simply make your own bunting from your favourite colours or scraps of cool fabric. The colour will fade on the fabric and look even more vintage.
Display Your Tools
Old tools tend to have a beautiful patina. So if you are a collector of wooden-handled, cast iron, traditional tools then you won’t want to hide them in the corner. Put up some simple hooks along the window panels in your greenhouse and you can admire your vintage tools and find them when you need to use them! You can pick up tools like these very cheaply at flea markets and garage sales. You may need to sharpen them but otherwise they are so well-made they will last a lifetime.
If you spend a lot of time in your greenhouse then you’ll probably want to make it as much like home as possible. A wooden shelf can house photos, and an assortment of jars displaying cute or useful items. Collect Kilner jars or jam jars and pack them with colourful spools of thread, or trinkets. To make them even more useful put Nutscene twine in them, or coils of wire, plant tags, or seed packets.
This one had a handy little portable potting station that could be moved around the greenhouse. I could see this being very useful.
I particularly liked this one with its vintage ephemera. Impractical maybe but it looks great on display.
And I liked the way all the tools were hanging on hooks from the bottom of the shelf.
Until next Chelsea Flower Show I’ll be mostly trying to ‘vintage up’ my greenhouse!