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Greenhouse Review – mid May 2015

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I was standing in the greenhouse on Sunday and, looking around, I said to my husband, ‘I think things have got a little out of hand’.

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There is no doubt that my seed growing and cutting taking activities have reached almost epidemic proportions and I can’t seem to stop.  However, these photos do show the ‘before’ positionIMG_7258

I’m delighted to report that since these photos were taken I have moved numerous seed trays outside and the greenhouse is looking a little less crammed.

I still haven’t moved all the tender plants outside, which I’m sure is over cautious, but I’ve yet to plan all my pots and so it’s not clear where they should go anyway. IMG_7259

And there are so many more than last year because of, yes, all those cuttings.IMG_7265

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Last month I was fretting about planting out my sweet peas because I needed the pots to plant my peas and beans, well as you can see, the root trainers still haven’t been evacuated, and so the beans have had to find alternative lodgings.IMG_7263

One place (of three so far) where I have planted out sweet peas is on one of the willow supports in the greenhouse.  The support sits just behind the small table and chairs and I’m hoping when I sit at the table, which I often do to write plant labels (of which there are very many) I’ll be able to enjoy both the blooms and the scent.  I’ve never grown sweet peas in the greenhouse before and I’m intrigued to know how strong the scent will be.  One of the sweet peas I’ve chosen isn’t actually scented (Lathyrus tingitanus) but the other one, Lathyrus Juliet, is, so here’s hoping she can do the job on her own!

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Other plants growing away strongly are my dahlias.  These ones, Bishop of Canterbury, were stored as tubers last year as they had been grown in pots that I wanted to plant up for spring.

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And guess what?  I’ve recently taken a few cuttings of both these and Dahlia Roxy, the other dahlia I had from last year.  There really is no hope for me!

Perhaps by next month the greenhouse will seed tray free, but I somehow doubt it – what about the biennials?

With many thanks to Julie and her beautiful, organised greenhouse at Peonies and Posies for hosting this Greenhouse meme.