I missed joining Julie’s Greenhouse Review at Peonies and Posies earlier this month as I was away, but after a weekend spent sowing, pricking out and planting out, it occurred to me that this could be the busiest the greenhouse is all year and so thought I’d take a few photos to capture it, even though I’m very late.
Sadly the pictures aren’t great as I’d spent so long playing it was pretty dark by the time I got round to taking the photos. The shot above is of a number of the seeds I’ve now pricked out. These are mostly for cutting but there are also seeds I’m growing for the two new beds. I’m a bit concerned than the plants I’m growing for the Bronze Bed are a rather eclectic mix (Antirrhinum Orange Wonder, Calendula Sunset Buff, Eschoscholzia ‘Cameo Dream’, Hordeum Jubatum, Scabiosa atropurpurea Fata Morgana) but I thought I’d grow them all and then decide which ones worked and bin the rest!
One of the reasons the greenhouse is so busy is because it’s still full of tender plants like argyranthemums, lampranthus and pelargoniums – not just larger pots but also plenty of cuttings. Once both these and the (many) sweet peas have been moved out, there should be rather more room to manoeuvre. Also, I need to plant out the sweet peas so that I can use the root trainers for my beans!
Some of you may remember last year that I was saved from being completely overwhelmed by seedlings by my lovely neighbours J & A, who allowed me space in their beautiful walled garden to plant some of my cutting blooms (see last year here).
Well the good news is, having invited them over for coffee this morning and plied them with lemon cake, they’ve agreed that I can have space again. Excitingly there are two different areas on offer this year which, combined, make a larger space than last year, so I’m very excited as to how much I’ll be able to pack in. Of course the problem this year will be how I can make sure blooms get picked when I’m in London, but that’s something I’ll have to work out.
And to finish, a shot of my big, blousy tulips (Mistress). Sadly they’ve taken rather a battering in the recent winds and are already looking a little tatty, so I’m sure they won’t still be fit for public consumption by my EOMV post, so thought I’d share them here.