The large greenhouse is a handsome sight on the top of a hillside plot, next to an old manor house. The greenhouse is English-style, with a white-painted frame and a handsome stone foot, and built in the spirit of old conservatories.
The spectacular stone foot of the greenhouse is revealed as a country cellar. When the roof of the old basement collapsed in, the place had just the right potential to make a dream come true.
The structure of the basement was strengthened to withstand a sturdy greenhouse. The custom-made greenhouse has a whopping 36 square meters in size.
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“We decided that once it’s done, it’s done decently. I wanted the greenhouse to be finished. There is a small chamfer made by hand on the edge of each board. Small details mean a surprising amount in such an environment, ”says the greenhouse owner. Juha Punta.
“The greenhouse was our dream. Architect Lasse Minkkinen designed an environment suitable for the environment according to our wishes. We wanted a gabled solution for the old milieu, ”says Juha and his wife Paula Rauman nods next to.
The large greenhouse brings forward and prolongs the garden season. For cultivation, masonry planting ponds circulate the plinth, leaving a fair area in the middle for living and working. Tomatoes, cucumbers and vines grow in planting boxes and ampoule strawberries in ampoules.
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“If the rainy weather messes up our outdoors, we might come to the greenhouse to do some work. We have even grilled here with an electric grill. It is wonderful to sit under the glass roof and watch the starry sky or listen to the rain, ”Paula continues.
Art also in the garden
At the entrance to the house, by the water, it attracts attention Crying rose -sculpture. The sculpture is a sculptor Rafael Saifulinin skillful bronze sculpture. Saifulin, who lives in the same village, suggested to Juha a sculpture and a fountain in connection with it, from which Juha got excited.
“Art belongs in homes, so why not enliven the outdoors,” Juha says.
A rose bench had to be planted around the sculpture, of course, at the request of the artist. The weeping rose is not the only sculpture in the yard, but there is a place for art elsewhere as well. Some of the sculptures provide eye-pleasure, but some are intended for use, such as the sturdy metal furniture of a stone patio. Each chair and table is a unique sculpture and is decorated Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet figures and various decorations. The furniture is for Rafael Saifulin’s son, Kamil Saifulinin made by.
“I bought a bench first, but I couldn’t put ordinary garden furniture next to the sculptural bench. I eventually also ordered a table and chairs, ”he continues.
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Large greenhouse and plant choices to suit the old milieu
Handsome horse chestnuts, birches, islands, oaks and maples rise to heights around the house and greenhouse. The lilacs have scattered several meters in height. As the lilacs bloom, the yard fills with a heady scent. The flower bloom of traditional perennials blooms the park-like garden. The old buildings tell their own history.
“This place has been inhabited since the 16th century. The frame of the current house dates from 1841. The granary dates from 1836. In the 1970s, the farm was also used for restaurants and tourism. When the house went on sale during the recession in the early 1990s, of course I had to make an offer for this, and the offer I made won the race, ”says Juha.
When Juha got a place for himself, there were some plantings and young aspen in the yard. A couple of years later, Juha met Paula, and the garden has awakened to flourish in the couple’s care. Gradually, they have created the courtyard of their choice, respecting the old milieu. Old plantations, large trees and buildings have been allowed to be in their original locations. Extensive lawns create a park-like atmosphere.
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Meadow as a flower bed
Delicate meadow flowers bloom on a south-facing, low-nutrient slope. In the dry summer, the meadow may dry out, but the wild plants can withstand the drought. Daisies, ketone carnations, meadows and clover bloom in the field. A calmed white leaf belonging to the palms has also found its way to wetter areas.
“I tried to make another meadow next to it, but nature acted as a landscape designer and the meadow was born as if on its own.”
It doesn’t always go as you think, but nature takes care of it. Hay appears easily on the meadow, and the hay should be mowed before they have time to seed.
Juha mows the area a couple of times a year. Mowing also keeps the clover in the handlebars. Clover binds nitrogen to the soil, which would fertilize the meadow too much and change the plant conditions of the dry meadow. The change would also lead to a change in vegetation.
The meadow provides living conditions and food for microorganisms such as butterflies and bumblebees. Juha and Paula have stated that the meadow is easier to care for than a large lawn. The lawn area has decreased in recent years, and in many places Juha fails to mow the grass clover growing on the lawn. The clover flowers are beautiful and the bumblebees praise the clover flower meadow.
“It is important to make sure that there is a place for nature in the garden. We have put more than thirty birdhouses here. ”
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The story has been published in Kotiliedle 8/21.
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