Julie at Peonies and Posies is intending to post monthly about her greenhouse and its contents and has invited other bloggers to join her, usually around the 10th of the month. I thought it might encourage me to start re-organising my greenhouses if I joined her so here is what is happening in my greenhouses at the moment, no holds barred.
The larger 6 x 8 greenhouse is as it was when the tomatoes and peppers were taken down and composted, with the canes, pots and holes in the greenhouse border exactly as they were left. The only change is the addition of some small fuchsias rescued from pots this week, which I hope to overwinter for the third time – although admittedly they did not flower very well last year.
The smaller 6 x 4 greenhouse, cut down from the larger one we bought a year ago, has proved invaluable, providing space for potting on and sowing new seeds last year when the bigger one was stuffed with fruity things. As it is smaller and would prove easier to keep warm if necessary this is where all the seedlings and young plants are at the moment. The paraffin heater has been abandoned after its short trial and The Golfer has rigged up a new power point so the tubular heater can be used as required to keep it frost free.
Currently growing here are Sweet William, centaurea, poppy, teucrium and some pansies, all started from seed in the autumn, sweet peas started a little later and trays of tiny Californian poppy, clary, Ammi visnaga and bupleurum seedlings sown at the beginning of November. The only late sowing that suffered was a pennisetum, but I have hedged my bets with all of these and kept seeds back for a later sowing. Half of the centaurea, poppy and pansies were planted out some months back, but already the poppies have been enjoyed by slugs so again I am playing safe with those held back. All the young plants though are very healthy with great root systems and some could perhaps do with being potted on again, but I do wonder whether all the Sweet William could have been planted outside – autumn sowing is mostly a new experience for me so it is all a learning curve. One definite success is the use of cells for much of this late sowing, starting with 12 cell trays, and potting on to 9s or 6s – these have been bought on the internet in packs of 50 and have proved invaluable.
Also in this small greenhouse are some overwintering pelargoniums (which need to be cut back), some more fuchsia, pots of small alstroemeria which didn’t make it to being planted out last year, more pots of Paperwhites at varying stages of growth, two pots of hyacinths, a hellebore offshoot I was hoping might flower earlier (it hasn’t) and overwintering dahlia tubers tucked up to keep warmish. Maybe an odd waif or stray too – but writing this post has triggered the desire for some organisation, so the small plants and overwintering pots will now be moved to the larger greenhouse, leaving space for me to begin this year’s sowing – sorting out seeds being the next task. Thanks Julie, for facilitating this activity!