A Day in the Life of a Cultivar Greenhouse

A little while ago we were approached by Cultivar Greenhouses who had a photographic brief with our names written all over it; they wanted to lend us one of their brand new 'Plant House' greenhouses for a day and see what we could do with it. 

Now obviously we've visited a fair few greenhouses in our time but to have our very own is quite a different thing. Our initial approach was to create something along the lines of some sort of 'tropical showhouse' but we quickly decided against that as it seemed too obvious - and in our hypothetical life where we own our dream house, the 'tropical showhouse' would be attached to our main living area so we can share some of the heat. We headed to our Pinterest board for more realistic inspiration. 

After losing a few hours in wild and overgrown glasshouses on the web we came back down to earth and settled on the idea that our Cultivar greenhouse would be a Winter sanctuary for the plants that we genuinely have out on our little patio. Our collection of hardy succulents and cacti would quite like somewhere to hide from the cold as the temperatures fall so we felt this was the best tactic - plus the shelving and built-in potting tray would save our living room floor from the mess we make when we upgrade our indoor plants with new, bigger pots. 

The day came, and despite our plans of stunning sunshine and botanical shadows, it was a damp, dreary and drizzly day but we got our hands on the keys to a brand new shiny greenhouse and got to work. 

The keys to a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
Inside a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
The roof details on a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
Details inside a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
Inside a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
Details of a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
Details of a brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
Details of a Cultivar greenhouse.
Details of a Cultivar greenhouse.
The brand new Cultivar greenhouse.
A collection of plants to overwinter in our Cultivar greenhouse.

After getting acquainted with the perpendicular lines of the framework and tiers of shelving, we started introducing a few of our outdoor plants, most of which live tucked as close to our house as possible to keep warm and sheltered but really would appreciate a greenhouse-home for the colder months. 

Filling our Cultivar greenhouse with plants for the Winter.
Making full use of the garden with a Cultivar greenhouse.
Plants inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Plants inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Spring bulbs in the potting tray in a Cultivar greenhouse.
Plants on the aluminium shelving of a Cultivar greenhouse.
Tending to plants on the potting tray in a Cultivar greenhouse.
Beautiful Accoya wood in our Cultivar greenhouse.
Geraniums getting ready to overwinter in the Cultivar greenhouse.
Details of a Cultivar greenhouse.

It's always nice when the sun shines but we realised that we'd probably done ourselves a great favour in choosing (ha!) the weather for our shoot - it really showed us the benefits of being under a glass roof and demonstrated what the greenhouse could do for us and our plants. 

Inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Propagating plants inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Gardening inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Plants inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Alice Vincent's new gardening book, "How to Grow Stuff".
Incredible pattern of the Aeonium tabuliforme.
Gardening inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
Plants inside a Cultivar greenhouse.
A working corner of a Cultivar greenhouse.
Weeding and prepping plants for winter in a Cultivar greenhouse.

Plants in, pictures taken and a hot cup of tea inside us we regrettably started undoing our greenhouse fantasy world and handed it back to the real life owners. We thoroughly enjoyed our short time with Cultivar and are now itching to make our greenhouse-dream a reality. 

We'd like to thank the homeowners for their hospitality during our visit and for sharing their new greenhouse with us before they even got a chance to play with it themselves.