I've not been tending to my shed obsession (or emails) these days because we're doing a bit of home renovating and house hunting (a crazy combination) at the same time. I'm hoping some big decisions are made soon and we can either resume life as we know it or start primping and polishing this house and get packing. Stay tuned!
Chris [see his original photos here] has been doing a lot of work on his second home shed. It seems to be growing. There's now a bathroom (!) and central air. Chris used the ductless mini split heat pump by Sanyo. He says it's a real miser on energy. A few more tweaks and I think it will be ready for me to move in.
You can see from the photos what fine work he's doing:
The shed is in Lake Charles, Louisiana (gardening zone 9). Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Susans's town was torn up by Hurricane Rita. Fortunately, Susan's house was ok, but she lost every tree on her property except for the old persimmon.
What was once a beautiful, private shade garden is now a newly planted sun garden.
Here's the garden before Hurricane Rita:
And here's the garden after Hurricane Rita:
Remarkably, the Tara, the garden shed, remained untouched:
Susan knows the garden will never be the same in her lifetime, but you can see she's made good strides with some new plantings. That's Jenny the dog enjoying the shade:
New crepe myrtles and a Drake Elm were planted to replace the pine trees:
The neighbor's tree gives the only shade in the yard:
It is so bright that Jenny needs sunglasses:
Susan uses a shade cloth to protect her ferns:
Here's a lovely assortment of garden art:
Thanks to Susan for sending the photos and sharing your story.