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The Greenhouse review – March 2015

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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.

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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.IMG_6100

The second wave of sweet peas is developing wellIMG_6103

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.IMG_6104

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!IMG_6105IMG_6101

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, IMG_6109

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?IMG_6108

With thanks as ever to Julie at Peonies and Posies for hosting this Greenhouse meme.

The Greenhouse review – February 2015

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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!

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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…)

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I’ve continued to watch over seedlings planted at the end of last year – Broad Beans, Calendula and Sweet Peas IMG_5971

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!IMG_5973

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.  IMG_5981

The problem of course is I now don’t know exactly how toasty, but it seems to be doing the job as a batch of Sweet Peas planted on the 31st January are already showing brave little stems.IMG_5975

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.