She is Amazed


IMG_1257After a few early starters seed sowing has continued apace during February – and I continue to be amazed at how quickly these humble and unassuming little dry seeds jump to attention and sprout their first green shoots. Like last year, seeds needing warmth have taken advantage of the always available heat from the Aga, stacked on the makeshift ‘contraption’; unlike last year however, having learned the sorry lesson of lanky seedlings, they are moved to the greenhouse immediately germination has taken place. In the greenhouse are now trays of sweet peas (October and January sowings), tagetes, marigold, bidens, mallow, cucumber and Bishop’s Children (dahlias), with cerinthe and coleus set to follow shortly. Most of these have germinated in two or three days, well in advance of the expected 7-21 days suggested on the packets.

IMG_1258The existing greenhouse is currently also home to several trays of autumn sown aquilegia (which I am convinced are looking perkier now the days are getting longer and brighter) and overwintering fuchsia and pelargonium, the latter being something I have made a conscious effort to do for the first time. Available staging space is now filling up rapidly and the fuchsia and pelargoniums have been demoted to the floor whilst the Golfer does his utmost to get the new ‘half’ greenhouse ready for occupation before another job gets in the way. The panels against the fence have utilised polycarbonate from the original greenhouse and the latter is gaining glass in the sections where it will make a difference – and indeed the difference between polycarbonate with integral condensation/algaeΒ  and clean glass is amazingly noticeable! As soon as its baby brother is ready, the aquilegia and other overwintering plants will be moved into what will nominally be a hardening-off greenhouse. That’s the current plan anyhow!



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15 Responses to She is Amazed

  1. rusty duck says:

    Great stuff. Seed sowing is my next job… when the wind dies down and it feels a bit safer in the greenhouse!

    • Cathy says:

      Our old greenhouse feels a bit more solid now there is glass in half of it – the polycarbonate use to rattle a lot. Hope you can get out there soon!

  2. Anna says:

    Your Aga must be throwing out some lovely warmth for those seedlings Cathy. Trying to be patient here and resist until the days are longer but my fingers are certainly getting itchier by the day πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      If I didn’t have the opportunity of using this ‘free’ heat from the Aga I know I would have itchy fingers too, Anna – it is lovely to be able to get them going and then keep checking their progress. I really hope that by starting things off early and hardening them off properly I will be more successful this year. The Aga was a big investment when we built the extension but it was worth every penny – it really is the heart of the house πŸ™‚

  3. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Outstanding…Happy gardening!

  4. croftgarden says:

    You have been busy – some of us are still debating what to buy!
    I’ve just sown my first seeds (with some bottom heat), but although the days are lengthening we are still a bit short on light.

  5. Chloris says:

    You have been busy, how exciting to have so many things coming on. You have got off to a head start.

    • Cathy says:

      As long as it doesn’t end in tears πŸ˜‰ I got too excited with it all last year and tried to hurry things on too much – but I have learned from it, which is a good thing

  6. Great set up…my humble basement will be growing seeds soon.

  7. Magical, love the sight of a greenhouse stuffed with seedlings and cuttings, you have stolen a march quite beautifully, and the aga is clearly a wonderful propagator! I need to replace one of the panes in my greenhouse before I can shift things out there, so I am lucky to have the conservatory, but I suspect your plants will do better as they will be growing harder. Must get my salad leaves and marigolds sown though, they will be fine out there, missing panel or not.

    • Cathy says:

      Last year’s failures are this year’s successes, Janet – well, it’s perhaps too early to say that really. I have some temporary shelving in the half greenhouse now so I have been able to move some things in there – there is not much of a gap between the two so manoeuvring can be a little awkward, but it will be such an asset.

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