This month in the greenhouse there’s a degree of ‘moving on’. The Calendula ‘Sunset Buff’ (destined for the new Bronze Bed) and first wave of broad beans (Stereo) have been moved out to the cold frame.
Many of the cuttings taken towards the end of last year like the Diascia Personata (black square pots in the foreground), and the dark pelargonium (out of shot, but whose mother plant is pictured flowering today in the first picture), are growing well and have been potted up individually. Meanwhile, some of the original plantings of sweet peas (in the background) are growing a little too well and need pinching out.
and a second wave of broad beans and more sweet peas are filling up the right hand end of the greenhouse bed.
The green tray filled with water is what I use to soak my seed trays before sowing.
And, as plants are potted on or moved out, the latest wave of seeds – tomatoes, aubergines, cucumber, melon and some hardy annuals – are taking their position on the heated propagation mat (and in the rather dilapidated propagator too).
The uncovered seed tray at the back contains the Gentian acaulis I mentioned last month. So far only three have come up. The planting instructions suggested a cold spell may be required but I’m not sure how that would affect the ones that have actually germinated (any thoughts?). But something needs to be done if the Diving Lady has any hope of a Gentian pool!
There aren’t many blooms in the greenhouse at the moment, certainly none actually planned, but I can offer two. Firstly, the simple daisy flower of the marguerite. Like the pelargonium, this has ‘offspring’ cuttings now ready to pot on, to fill pots for a summer display,
and secondly Abutilon Orange Marion. No cuttings this time, but instead I’m mollycoddling some seedlings which self sowed around the plant, were planted up last year and are now individually filling 9cm pots. Having done that, however, I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with six more orange Abutilons. A hedge perhaps?
With thanks as ever to Julie at Peonies and Posies for hosting this Greenhouse meme.