|From the outside the structure doesn't look much different, does it?|
|This is the sun screen fabric we selected, conveniently available at one of our local big box stores|
|To provide interim protection, we tacked an old sheet to the inside of the lath house roof (left). Elegant, huh? My husband's custom roof shades (right), constructed in 2 pieces, look much better.|
|The lath house has an irregular shape so each screen section had to be constructed according to exacting measurements. My husband stained the lath used to make the shade cloth frames to match the original structure. They fit seamlessly in place.|
Once the shades were in place, I cleaned the space and moved the plants I'd shifted to the floor during the July heatwave into place on the upper shelves. It's amazing how much cooler it is inside now with the shades in place.
|This is a view of the inside of the structure from the upper level of the garden|
|A closer look from the ground level|
|I potted up the seedlings I germinated from seeds collected from my Ferraria crispa. I still have to repot a few of my orchids.|
|The flowering begonias are blooming again - they rebounded better than the begonias grown chiefly for their foliage. The gardenia, always positioned in this corner on the southeast side took the early July heatwave in stride.|
I tossed out a couple of plants that were badly damaged by that first major heatwave, but moved a few others, like the Hoya multiflora, into the space. I also moved the pretty Caladiums that finally leafed out into more prominent positions and added a very pretty but expensive Tillandsia I picked up at a bromeliad sale last week.
|This is Tillandsia 'Isaac Jogues', which I picked up and put back at least 3 times before finally carrying it to the cashier, despite the 20% off sale|
My fingers are crossed that all my lath house treatures will be happy through the remainder of what's stacking up to be a tough summer.
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