Saturday, November 1

Garden greenhouse update

Peering from the greenhouse door you can see the greenhouse looks very different from my last update.

To the left the pots along the side staging were where the aubergines were growing. These have been cut back and the pots contain old compost which will be emptied onto the garden. We've a bit of tidying up to do too.

The musa basjoo has been dug up from the garden. As Martyn described on his blog, this is for our convenience rather than to protect it as it would survive outside but it is in the way of some planned replanting.
Hiding behind the banana are the fruit trees and the morning glory.
Although the leaves of the morning glory are yellowing the flowers keep coming.
We made the decision too move the peach, apricot and nectarine trees into the greenhouse. This is to attempt to thwart peach leaf curl which had badly affected both the peach and nectarine. We felt this was preferably to having trees swathed in polythene. The apricot hasn't so far been affected but it does flower really early and so some extra protection may help with fruit production. I guess I may be busy hand pollinating unless I can encourage some early bees to move in.

On the floor around the base of the trees are various cuttings and a chrysanthemum which was also move in from the garden from the same bed as the banana.
Just inside the door are pots of cyclamen. The pink flowered plants, in the top photo on the left, are the ones grown from seed gathered from our own plants. Interestingly although the seeds came from just two plants we appear to have more than two colours so the plants haven't come true to the parent plant. Some cross pollination must have occurred.

The stronger growing of the plants in the large pots on the floor are also raised from our own collected seed, The weaker ones in the foreground grew from newly bought seed and have been disappointing. Besides being weaker plants they don't look anything like the photo in the catalogue
Cyclamen coum also raised from seed are still waiting for a spot outdoors but are quite happy in the greenhouse. The leaf patterns are varied but all are beautiful. Some look to have a Christmas tree design.

Looking to the right-hand side now, the tomatoes have been removed and the empty grow-bags are stacked waiting to be taken to the plot to spread on beds there. 

The figs just inside the door have almost lost all their leaves and the osteospernums are just managing to throw out the odd flower.
We have moved all our new perennials inside for a little protection overwinter. Hopefully by next spring we will have the new bed ready for planting up. 
Close by are a couple of trays of young lavender plants from cuttings taken earlier in the year. I'll be posting about this at a later date.
Next is a rather leggy looking jacaranda. I'm not sure how this will fare over winter but it is far too big to come indoors. Sharing the tray is a selection of cuttings,
Alongside the jacaranda are a couple of pots that have been brought in from the patio. The plants may or may not make it through the winter but have a better chance in the greenhouse.
Looking up the vine has been hard pruned and is a shadow of its former self.
We have more plants to move inside so the greenhouse will earn its keep over winter.


22 comments:

  1. And pollinating a peach tree seems like a lot of work, but I guess once you get the hang of it, it ought to go quickly. I hope it works out for you. I get little bits of peach curl here, but it only affects very small parts of the tree, so I've been ignoring it.

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    1. And a nectarine and an apricot, Daphne

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  2. So interesting on growing banana on the pot. Here there are several dwarf variety of banana that grown on the pots as ornamental. But the taste is not good enough. Your morning glory looks so striking! As usual, a tidy green house.

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    1. The banana is grown for ornamental purposes, Endah - it won't fruit here

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  3. Nearly on a par with Kew! Today I dug up / took down my "Scrumptious" Apple tree, having finally lost patience with it. I saw that it had a very poor root system, even after about 5 years. I think I will try a potted fruit tree of some sort next year.

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    1. Probably more empty plant pots than Kew, Mark

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  4. Oh I do wish I had so much space!
    The cyclamen look really healthy, are they easy to raise from seed? I meant to collect some this year and never got round to it.

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    1. The cyclamen we surprisingly easy, Jrssica. The seeds need to soak in water fir 24 hours before planting and then germination is good, I'd love the amount of space you have outside of the greenhouse

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  5. Your greenhouse is a really exciting space Sue, so much going on. Love the huge banana plant!

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    1. We have to decide in a new location in the garden for the banana next year, Janet

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  6. Your greenhouse certainly earns its keep the whole year round. Your Morning Glory is doing so well, such a gorgeous colour.

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    1. We still have some herbs and dahlias to fit in Jo

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  7. I love how you use your greenhouse all year around, I do too, especially this time of the year....mine is full of cuttings and perennials that I have grown from seed. I love the patterns on the cyclamen leaves too. Always great to see what's going on in your greenhouse.xxx

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    1. You could grow cyclamen just for the leaves, couldn't you, Dina

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  8. Lovely to see such a well stacked greenhouse, although it makes me green of envy – I can only imagine what I could do with a greenhouse, of any size :-) I have also discovered that cyclamens don’t come true from seed, I think they can end up any colour really, and the leaves can be rather different from the mother plant too.

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    1. The cyclamen coum came from the same packet if seed and have leaves all sorts of pattens, Helene, The packet of seed I bought this year were Latina and the photo was of white flowers edged with dark pink but not one is like thar

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  9. Good arrangement in the green house! Banana tree in pot! wow! That's incredible!

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    1. It only just fit without chopping Malar

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  10. Your green house looks in good fettle: do you clean it out each year or have the insects reached a situation of equilibrium. I have wondered about a green house to extend our season but stories of having to paint the windows to exclude too much sun, fumigate against insect pests and heat during the coldest part of the winter have rather put me off.
    Yours looks really exciting and professional by the way.
    Also isn't it strange how some plants seed themselves like weeds in a particular garden whereas they will not grow for love nor money in others. Our cyclamen and snowdrops seed freely around the garden which is lovely, in fact I am always finding them in places where I do not really want them, if you can ever say that about such lovely plants.

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    1. Our outdoor cyclamen seed everywhere too - even between paving stones.

      This year we stained the outside of the greenhouse for the first time since we erected it more years ago than I care to think.

      We never fumigate and rarely even clean the windows as the roof glass is difficult to reach, The plants in there don't need winter sunshine and I guess the dirty woindows provide some shade in summer, We don't paint the windows in summer as the grapevine gives more them enough shade but even without that we wouldn't paint the glass, If we needed shade there is shading material than can be pinned up.

      We don't heat the greenhouse at all as most of the plants in there are not tender and are mainly in the greenhouse for just a little protection-more from becoming too wet or in the case of the fruit trees to avoid disease. If really cold weather us predicted we may throw some fleece or bubblewrap over the less hardy plants, Things that are less hardy such as geraniums/pelargoniums have to take their chance. It's cheaper to buy new ones than to heat the greenhouse.

      Early seeds are raised in a spare room in the house under growlights, and popped in the greenhouse once they have got going.

      The floor of the greenhouse is fully paved which may help with bugs but to be honest we haven't found bugs to be a problem.

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  11. Did the jacaranda survive over the winter?

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    1. It did winter 2014/5 but too soon to tell this year

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