Greenhouse Review: Facing Eviction

May151A review of the greenhouses while we were away would have shown them both to be empty; on our return however, most of the trays and pots were returned to where they came from although since then more and more has been planted out as the next cutting bed post will show. Julie of Peonies and Posies has encouraged us to share our greenhouse progress in her monthly meme so do have a look at her blog to see her greenhouse and find links to others. Thank you Julie.

In my larger greenhouse (above) the lower shelves hold mostly tomato and pepper plants and the young plants grown from mini plugs for baskets and pots. As you can see, the petunias are raring to go and have begun flowering prolifically within the last week and clearly want to be planted up in their final homes. Our local garden centre did not stock ‘Surfinia’ petunias this year and these trailing ones are the ‘Fanfare’ type which hopefully will do as well. The tomatoes need to be potted on again but are looking healthy and sturdy. On the top shelf are seedlings not quite ready to go out – cosmos, a second sunflower sowing, squash and others.

On the greenhouse border are the potted up dahlias (some others have been planted out) and some rooted Sarah Raven chrysanthemums. I have not grown the latter before but they must have been offer with free postage at the time and I thought I would give them a try after reading about other people’s successes last autumn. There are also two pots with young bacopa and diascia plants waiting to be planted out.

IMG_4954The smaller greenhouse is still pretty full, as potted on seedlings tend to turn one tray into two. I am pleased to say that the antirrhinum I was a little concerned about is making progress but is nowhere near ready to be planted out, although last year’s sowing is close to flowering in one of the bold borders. Also the first batch of larkspur which I have not grown before has finally germinated and has been pricked out, having taken about a month to make an appearance. The records I am keeping of dates, speed of germination and time taken to be planted out will prove really useful in future years, and length of flowering will give me an idea of whether to sow more than one batch.

May15At the moment I am optimistic that the care and attention I have given my sowing and planting regime this season will pay off, particularly now the holiday absence is out of the way. My other aim is to continue this care and attention by watering and feeding the beds and borders and pots once everything is planted out – something that has been neglected in the past. Today was meant to be a wet day, for which I would have been grateful as May has started out as dry as April was – but alas, it has turned out to be no more than just dampish…hey ho!

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17 Responses to Greenhouse Review: Facing Eviction

  1. Brian Skeys says:

    It all looks full to bursting Cathy, ready for eviction. The weather dictates every thing to do with gardening, the fear of late frosts and winds. We have had heavy rain today hear in Worcestershire, I don’t think it was forecast to go all the way across to you.

  2. Looks great, my greenhouses are full to bursting, really in need of warm weather to get everything out and planted.

  3. Julie says:

    You are doing so well this year Cathy – I am sure your diligence is going to pay off with bucket loads of flowers all summer! I am pleased that your larkspur have germinated – they are quite tricky but once going they are very easy to grow on. You are ahead of me with your sunflowers, squash etc which I still have to sow. I am also pleased that your holiday has not set anything back – sometimes we worry about our gardens and tie ourselves down too much to something that is meant to be fun. Your sowing journal is a great achievement – you have inspired me to make a greater effort to keep an accurate record of my seed sowing & results – I am quite slap dash about it and would really like to have detailed notes to refer back too. I am going to start when I get home this weekend.

    Thank you again for your support with this meme – I really do enjoy seeing what you have growing and I think this record will inspire us all to make more of our glasshouses as the months roll on.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, regardless of the size of our greenhouses we can and do all learn from each other and of course the support is wonderful. It didn’t take too long to set up the format for my seed records (I didn’t use a spreadsheet) and once I got going I just updated in pencil and every so often will just add the updates digitally. I have never kept any sort of record before other than perhaps writing the date of sowing on the label but already I can see how much benefit it will be.

  4. You are certainly looking at a very busy spring and summer — many thanks for the glimpses into your beautiful greenhouse. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  5. Maria F. says:

    Good luck. may all be well.

  6. Christina says:

    It all looks great Cathy, I’m so glad there were no disasters while you were away; I used self-watering trays but in reality everything gets too wet and is really only useful for fully grown plants rather than seedlings which fail to put on new roots while the soil is that wet. Luckily I was only away for a few days and everything returned to normal when I stopped filling the trays.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – I knew it was unlikely there would be any heavy frosts, so it was making sure things did not dry out. The tiniest seedlings I passed over the fence to the neighbour to keep a closer eye on! My only attempt (many years ago) of a self watering device resulted in a minor flooding disaster – glad that your seedlings and plants were OK πŸ™‚

  7. Annette says:

    You’ve certainly been busy, Cathy, and there’s lots to be done until all these beauties have been potted and moved on. How did the seeds I sent turn out? Your dragon has sinced moved into his permanent position and is shining like a star. My greenhouse roof is full of tiny holes…hailstones, I’ afraid, but they weren’t bad at all…just poor quality of the plastic, wish I’d chosen a better one as replacing the panes will be a pain. Happy weekend πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Good to hear from you Annette – and how curious about the hail-holes! Glad the dragon is behaving himself. Most of the seeds are doing well – the cerinthe would have been flowering if I hadn’t pinched them out. Black Barlow germinated well but is too small to be planted out but the sweet peas are getting going nicely. Only one ipomoea germinated and none of the hollyhocks did but I am trying a second sowing. Any suggestions for better germination?

      • Annette says:

        Ipomoea germinated nicely for me – you can have one of my plants if you like to come over…have tea with me πŸ™‚ As for the sowing – sometimes it can be tricky, I also noticed that temeprature may be more of an issue that I’ve always thought – just keep trying PS: Gosh, why do you think I’ve a 3rd garden in Austria…I’m getting a panic attack at the thought of it, haha. I only have one garden which is quite enough πŸ˜‰ Have a good week!

        • Cathy says:

          I will remember that if I am ever passing, Annette πŸ˜‰ Sorry to panic you, but you did say ‘I have ordered plants for the new borders in the orchard at Sarastro in Austria’, but one assumes then that you are not collecting gardens but just working on other people’s..?! But you did have a garden in Switzerland, didn’t you?

          • Annette says:

            I ordered plants at Sarastro, a specialist nursery in Austria, should have said ‘from’, no? I have since sold the house with the garden in Switzerland. Can’t cope with more than one anymore πŸ˜‰

          • Cathy says:

            Indeed – ‘for’ changed the whole meaning! I know how much you love your one and only garden πŸ™‚

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