My shedding summer is amped up these last few weekends before Garden Walk Buffalo. My plan is to have the shed as finished as possible before Garden Walk (in two weeks, July 25 and 26). Here is the progress so far on, what is now dubbed, Taj MaShed.
It’s tough to spend time on it, what with meetings about garden tours just about twice a week, Thursday Open Gardens, and a AAA garden bus tour coming through this Friday. I’ve lost other weekends to family visits and the Garden Art Sale of which I help coordinate. Then there’s other meetings, and actual paying work that helps pay for the shed!
I figure the roofing will have to wait until after the Walk. My minion is out priming the clapboard done so far and pre-painting the shingles that will go on the upper half of the ends of the shed. We’ve decided to finish cladding one side at a time so that my minion and I can both work on it at the same time – and see progress more quickly. The back side of the shed may not even get sided until AFTER the Walk – no one can see it anyway.
But the finish work that I’ve started is may favorite part. I do almost wish it could go slower so I have more time to enjoy it. It’s the largest handy-man project I’ve ever tackled. I’ve built fencing, decking, shelving, a copper fountain, planter boxes, a ten-foot-long picnic table, a potting bench, the vertical garden frame, and much more. It seems all the skills developed from those projects gave me the confidence to start this one.
|Windows came from our attic. Door was originally part of the house but was in the garage when we moved in 15 years ago.|
|Four ceiling panels on the west side are clear panels for light. You barely can see them. I think its the same material Wonder Woman’s plane is made of.|
|Even the view from inside to outside is fetching.|
|The rest of the garden cannot be ignored, especially with Open Gardens on Thursdays and a bus tour coming through. Thankfully, my minion has done a good portion of the gardening this year.|
|The vertical garden is doing okay. Lost about one third of the winter hardy succulents over the long, harsh winter. New hens & chicks plugs seem to be coming in fine.|
|It’s like climbing a wall three inches at a time.|
|Diamond pattern grass and pavers got edged with alternating hosta and heuchera in the back row. I may end up putting some hosta in the left squares nearest the shed.|