Like Julie at Peonies and Posies who hosts this meme, things have calmed down in the greenhouse this month. The vast majority of seedlings have been turfed out to fend for the themselves (and we’ll gloss over the fact that many haven’t actually travelled very far from the greenhouse, are in an unruly array just outside the door…)
At the back of the greenhouse I have sweet peas for the first time. Firstly Lathyrus tingitanus,
in my view, one of the prettiest flowers, but sadly no scent, so in addition I’ve planted Lathyrus Juliet, which is just starting to flower, and smells gorgeous. Hopefully I’ll manage to grab the odd moment to sit at the table and enjoy them both.
On either side of the sweet peas are bamboo supports with a variety of tomatoes – this year, ‘Sungold’, ‘Gardener’s Delight’, ‘Black Cherry’, ‘Country Taste’, ‘Ferline’ and ‘Green Zebra’. All were new to me this year except ‘Sungold’, which is a firm favourite. And all grown from seed (all seed from Chilterns except ‘Green Zebra’ which was from Sarah Raven). In addition to the tomatoes I have mini cucumbers ‘La Diva’ as well as Melon ‘Sweetheart’. I’ve only tried melon once before and it was a disaster, but according to Chilterns, ‘Sweetheart’ is a “very early Charentais type melon, arguably the variety best suited to our irregular climate, more tolerant of cooler temperatures and quicker to mature”. We’ll see.
To the left of the door I’ve now planted up a number of pots. Last year the plants in this area were just in grow bags, but they didn’t seem to do very well, and, as I’d used these pots before and so had them available, I thought I’d go back to them.
In the pots I have Aubergine ‘Kaberi’, Pepper ‘Marconi Rosso’ and Pepper ‘Padron’.
In addition, the OH went to the local boot fair last weekend and bought some more Aubergines, which are now luxuriating in this rather magnificent pot, standing about 80cm tall. I will of course be furious if his do better than mine!
On the right hand side of the door I have the area with the heated propagation mat, but this has now been turned off. Here I’ve planted a number of biennials and perennials for next year. I’m not sure they really want to be inside, but I do find I can keep a much better eye on them here, and so I’ll see how they get on. I could move them out to the cold frame, but plants there do tend to suffer from a degree of neglect which, if they were children or animals, would get me into serious trouble.
And the final area, also to the right of the door, is my ‘potting’ area. This is still cluttered with numerous tender plants grown as cuttings and still seeking their place in the world/garden. Amongst other things, there are some Dahlias (Roxy), Pelargoniums, (including the lovely ‘Sidoides’), and Sedum (looking much better than the mother plant which has been badly chewed outside)
And, right by the door, one of a pair of Plumbago plants. I just love this plant and do so hope it will be flowering by the garden opening on the 28th of this month.
With thanks as ever to Julie for hosting. Why don’t you go and see what she’s been up to in her TWO greenhouses!