The greenhouse in late winter can be a haven of warmth and a visit into the future season of growth while the weather outdoors is still ignorant of the impending springtime. A layer of plastic is all it takes in the day-time, especially when it is sunny, but at night, or when the weather is -like today- a snow-storm, the job of the greenhouse is more of a struggle.
The furnace is in the ell of the barn, and the distance between it and the greenhouse can be a snowy, cold, trek.
The heat from the bottom allows seeds to sprout quickly and healthily even though the air temperature is pretty low. These artichoke plants were born into 72 degree soil.
The Greenhouse is the hardest worker on the farm tonight as a late winter storm rolls through. It provides protection for fragile life: the same as a warm overcoat; but it's impossible to witness without a sense of expectation of the coming easing of the cold season into spring.