A 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.
The 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.
At 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!