The humble garden shed

28 May

I popped down to the allotment this evening to water my newly planted courgettes and decided to have a bit of a wander.

It was a beautiful evening with low sun casting long shadows across the onions, and catching the windows of the eclectic village of sheds.

I don’t actually have a shed on my plot so I am always very envious of those plots that do have one. My father built me a beautiful cold frame many years ago but that eventually turned into a tool store and then finally bit the dust. I have replaced it with an eminently practical but very ugly plastic storage box that hopefully will last for ever !

So I wander around regularly choosing my favourite shed…


This one,above , is of the traditional variety but given a lovely make over with black paint and bunting.



There are plenty like this one, above , that have evolved over the years, depending on what materials were available – old doors, windows, etc. Many seem on the point of collapse, only held up by the piles of ‘useful’ stuff collected around them.



Some seem very practical , above , with carefully stored bins, and ladders – note the flue pipe , presumably serving a little stove to warm the seedlings or keep the occupants warm on a winters day.


Others, above, seem more random !



Even the greenhouses look lovely with a beautiful peony growing alongside.


Some sheds, above, have gone all modernist.



And some , above, look architect designed ! Isn’t this one amazing ! So much thought has gone into the detail – I must find out who’s built it and persuade them to give me a guided tour !


This one , above, is extraordinary too ! Not sure whether it’s by design or just accidentally !





There are so many little details everywhere – people try so hard to make their little plots special and it’s lovely to enjoy them. And all these photos were taken no more than a minutes walk from my plot – so next week I must explore further afield !


One Response to “The humble garden shed”

  1. Zoe May 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    I just love allotment sheds. I think because often they’re made from second hand, or found materials, there’s more creativity involved, and most people are lucky to have the freedom to do whatever they want. You have some gems on your site, ours are all pretty standard.

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