Over the year, the contents of the greenhouses ebb and flow as the seasons change, sometimes at peak capacity but never empty. At the moment, the Coop is emptying rapidly as pots of early flowering bulbs are cleared, some replanted around the garden and some, like the prepared narcissi, chucked on the compost heap. Still remaining are sarracenia and echiveria:
Some very late-flowering hippeastrum:
Scented leaved pelargonium:
Several eucomis, some poking their noses through (hurrah!):
Resting nerine and ‘proper’ amaryllis and amaryllis crosses:
Some other oddments not pictured, and a very pretty and long-flowering hardenbergia:
At the other end of the garden and at the other extreme is the working greenhouse, currently very much full to capacity:
…filled with the early flowering sweet peas which you can see in the right foreground above, and dahlia tubers from last year:
…some of the many potted-on bedding plant plugs, and some chrysanthemum and dahlia plugs too:
…whilst at the bottom end are the last three trays of seedlings, and (having done a quick addition) over 50 trays and pots of pricked out seedlings. I spent 3 hours on Saturday watering everything from the bottom – a big effort but it was worth it as it gives them a huge boost and makes top-up watering more effective.
Where possible, when things are potted on they are moved outside to harden off, with some confidence now the medium-term forecast suggests no foreseeable frosts:
Let me assure you though that it’s not all sweetness and light amidst the productivity, as some seedlings have struggled with aphids this year, like the zinnias below – and this weekend we are warned of a big increase in aphid infestations due to the mild winter…something NOT to look forward to. I have made some additional sowings with the limited seed there was left – and hope these do not suffer the same fate as I was just on the cusp of success with zinnias last year!
Once the dahlias, bedding plants and seedlings are all grown on enough to be planted outside, this greenhouse will see leaner times, with tomatoes replacing the sweet peas and the staging left largely empty until seasonal cuttings are taken and some perennials (and next year’s sweet peas!) are sown – it may feel like the Hokey Cokey at times, all this in out, in out, shaking it all about business, but hey ho, it’s a lot of fun!