I’m joining Julie at Peonies and Posies for a second monthly Greenhouse post.
There’s not much blooming in the greenhouse at the moment, so I thought I’d start with this little Muscari – M. Armeniacum Big Smile. I planted up lots of these bulbs in terracotta pots and have been bringing them into the house one by one. Whilst the flowers above are only an inch or so tall, with the blooms still tucked well within the leaves, the pot currently sitting on the kitchen table has flowers stems nearly eight inches tall!
Since last month I’ve had a significant spring clean. The tatty Sungold Tomatoes, which were still in the bed above, have all been cleared and the space has now been filled with various tender plants – pelargoniums, marguerites, a grevillea and a banana – which were previously at the other end of this bed.
Other than a big clean, I’ve sorted my seed trays and pots (no, I know I haven’t cleaned them…)
and cuttings taken last year. The ones below have been pretty successful – particularly the Diascia personata and Lavender at the back. As you can see, the Marguerites at the front were a little more patchy, and the Pelargonium (front right) even worse, but there are still five plants for free – what’s not to like!
At the other end of the greenhouse I have my heated propagation mat. I was worried last month that this had broken, but the problem seemed to be with the thermometer unit which I’d plugged in between the mat and the socket, Once I’d removed this and plugged the mat in directly, all was toasty again.
Since the 31st I’ve planted yet more Sweet Peas and Calendula (Buff Beauty for the Bronze Bed) as well as some poppies and also a Gentian, G. acaulis. I would love to grow Gentians in the Diving Lady’s pool and I’ve read that this is the easiest Gentian to grow. We’ll see.
There are plenty more seeds to plant this month, not only more hardy annuals, but also tomatoes and chillies. Hopefully by next month there will be many more brave shoots to share.
With thanks again to Julie for hosting this Greenhouse meme.