I spent a happy afternoon in the greenhouse today, pricking out and potting on most of the seedlings which were still in trays, restricting myself to 10 of each plant and wondering whether I could bring myself to compost the remainder. I have no idea if 10 will be enough to make an impact in the borders and the cutting bed, but it seemed logical to have two rows of each in the 5 x 8 pot trays that they were being potted into. The afternoon’s activity, whilst providing shelter from the thundery rain which saw off the morning’s sunshine, left a dilemma – the nice narrow trays which comfortably housed the half and quarter seed trays on the upper shelves could no longer house the repotted seedlings and left some of these larger trays with no sensible home.
I have a few of the little 9 or 6 hole trays that came with bedding plants at some stage, and it seems a sensible plan to consciously collect more of these to enable some potted on seedlings to sit on the upper shelf, otherwise these will become temporarily redundant. The other option is more gravel trays of a size that will take perhaps two of the 5 x 8 pot trays – so I have been busy with the tape measure and hopefully in due course the greenhouses will both be making more efficient use of the space! At least I am up to date with potting on the seedlings though – a useful afternoon.
The belated birthday present? Well, I had an HTA gardening voucher for my birthday way back in December, and although I have obviously bought plants since then there was nothing I felt I wanted to say was my ‘birthday present’ – not from anywhere that took the vouchers, that is. We had a voucher in our local paper last week for a half-price plant at our other local garden centre – unlike other customers who were mostly buying bedding plants and the like with their voucher to me it is logical to buy a bigger and more expensive plant at half price. I had in mind another red rhododendron but caught sight of what I could see were witch hazels, this being the garden centre that had some labelled ‘red’ and ‘orange’ and ‘yellow’ when I looked a couple of months ago.
I should not have dismissed them as unnamed varieties at the time, as they were also sporting a separate label with their named variety, and not just the more common named varieties either. My birthday present was therefore Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Magic Fire’ – a snip at half of £29.99. Now, that was March’s voucher I used – I have another voucher for a half price plant in April…….