Sunday, May 3

Take a peep inside our greenhouse

We had a really good tidying session in the greenhouse so I thought that I'd let you have a look around. First the view from the doorway down the let hand side. The green mesh is fixed over the door when it is left open to try and prevent the birds flying in. They get in easily enough and then often can't find a way back out
Just inside the greenhouse are annual flower seedlings - the ones in modules will go to my sister's garden and also one or two will be used to dot in borders in our garden. The lily is kept inside to protect it from the ravages of lily beetle. I'm not sure where the clematis came from - it may be a cutting or a self sown plant. I'll just have to wait and see what type of flower it is.

Moving on are the first batch of annual flowers in pots which will be planted out on the plot as they were last year.

Then we have some tomatoes. The sedums are to replaced those that the birds have destroyed on the living lid. They will be planted once we have some protection in place.
At floor level are several large pots containing the cyclamen that I grew from seed a couple of years ago, a banana plant - Musa Basjoo - that spent winter inside and dahlias which are now regrowing. Behind all these are the apricot, peach and nectarine trees that I posted about here.
On the small shelf behind the trees is a tray of brassicas recently sown.
On the bench at the far end that doubles as a potting bench are trays of sweet peas, tomatoes, brassicas, lettuce and aquilegia seedlings. There are more sweet peas in the cold frame which were moved in after the tips were pinched out - these will follow shortly. The aquilegias should be yellow and are destined for the red and yellow border that I am currently planting.
Moving across to the other side of the greenhouse. On the shelf are the potted on pelargonium rooted cuttings which I posted about here. At the moment these move under cover at night when the temperature is predicted to be low. Next to them are Martyn's experimental early tomatoes.
Then down on the floor is an agapanthus that I bought for the blue and white border and later found that it is best planted in a container so I am trying to decide what to plant it in. If I can find a spot for it one of the zantedeschia  will be popped into the pond. The jacadranda is amazing - we just chopped the top off last autumn and it has resprouted. The sempervivums and sedum are also for the living lid but I am beginning to wonder whether I have bought too many. I just went for one of each different variety that I could find!
There are three large pots containing newly germinated leeks and then a second batch of newly sown annual flowers.

The small lavender plants are the rooted cuttings that survived over winter - not all did so maybe I should have potted them into larger pots. (I did that straight after writing this post).
The persicaria are J S Caliente kindly sent to me by Angie. They are growing well and destined for the red and yellow bed. My second attempts at growing some pea shoots are under a propagator lid to try and prevent the mice from robbing me again. They took every single seed.

I know that the delosperma looks dead but trust me it is greening up.

On the way out just inside the doorway are the figs which have already produced fruit. Fig fruits really seem to be in such a hurry to grow - a shame the stone fruit don't take a leaf - or maybe that should be a fruit - from their book.
Then just before we leave if we turn back at the doorway we can see the grapevine has started its bid for greenhouse dominance.

For those of you who like a video - below is a video tour. If you click on YouTube you can view in a larger size.




28 comments:

  1. You give me greenhouse envy. And it is so pretty too. I love wooden greenhouses. Most of the ones that I see are metal.

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    1. There are more metal that wooden ones here to Daphne. The one on the plot is aluminium and used to be one of two we had in the garden but we wanted a wooden one when we decided on something larger so it merged in a bit better.

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  2. So very busy and growing. Love it.

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    1. If only it would stop raining tpals.

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  3. There's so much going on in there. I should imagine you'll be having another reshuffle soon when the tomatoes have to be put in to position. I'm glad I haven't chanced planting anything out yet with the weather turning again, we had a frost this week and it's been pouring down this morning. It does mean that my tiny 4X6 greenhouse is bursting at the seams though, there's so much just waiting to move on.

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    1. That's right. Jo it never stays the same for long at this time of the year. It's been wet here all day too and even in the greenhouse we are covering things with fleece on a night.

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  4. Wow - greenhouse envy is right! Everything is obviously thriving - how often do you have to water? I would think it would be quite often.

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    1. The things in small pots need more frequent watering, Margaret, When it is warm we water every day but the weather being as it is at the moment this isn't needed.

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  5. Goodness me - there is certainly a lot going on in there - you are going to have a busy time planting everything out.

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    1. Not everything will need planting out at once, Elaine so it will be steady.

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  6. Wow, a lot of seedlings you have. I'm interested to your banana plant. I want to know how it will grow on your climate

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    1. Basjoo can be left outside over winter, Endah. Usually we just cut it back but it was planted in a position where we wanted other things which is why we potted it up. It just needs a mulch in case the weather is really bad. It doesn't produce fruit. Other types of banana are not hardy enough to stay outside or in a cold greenhouse over winter,

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  7. Lots & lots going on there Sue, It's a good tip about mesh on the doorway, Ive had more than one blackbird in mine lately x

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    1. All sorts of birds get into our greenhouse, Jo we have had to put netting across the windows as well. When the grapes are ripe the blackbirds fly in and steal the grapes too

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  8. It's lovely to see the start of everything at this time of year. Will you put the peach, nectarine and apricot out at all? The fig is looking lovely. I walked under a huge fig tree yesterday, and it was absolutely covered with little figs. I've got a handful here too.

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    1. They'll stay inside CJ, It would be quite a struggle to get them through the door and they would be damaged in the process. The pots are also very large and heavy.

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  9. Oh the video made me feel that I was almost in your greenhouse Sue :) It looks like the nerve centre of you garden and allotment. Just how big is it? Loved the idea of taking the lily under cover to thwart those wretched lily beetles. One of mine has already been shredded to pieces.

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    1. I know some people find a video is more realistic, Anna whereas others can;t be bothered with them so hopefully this way I cater for both. Glad that you enjoyed it. The lily in the greenhouse was an accident at first - I'd potted some new ones and something turfed therm all out and I thought that they had all gone them this one shooted and was sort of left. Then as lily beetle did its worst outside it seemed a good idea ro keep it where it was,

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  10. I forgot just how big and wonderful your greenhouse is, and I like the video. That's a super variety of plants you have going. Wow, I think I'd live in the greenhouse many a day (especially with the colder and mixed weather we've been getting).

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    1. It is certainly a good place to garden when it is cold and miserable Kelli. Not a lave to be when it is windy though

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  11. Wow, Sue that is a seriously impressive greenhouse! I’m guessing you both spend some considerable hours in there pottering around. I can picture you both admiring all your babies every time you walk in ;-)

    I agree, a good idea re the birds. Its young fledglings (usually Blackbirds) that get stuck in mine although there is little for them to eat at present. Last year, I ended up putting a chair in the doorway with its back facing out on the theory they would eventually hop on the chair back to get out. Don’t know if it worked as never saw any birds in after – then maybe it did :-)

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    1. As well as blackbirds raiding the grapes, Shirley we get sparrows, robins and even the occassional wre,

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  12. I have greenhouse envy too! Your greenhouse is bigger than my living room :-)
    Lovely to see so much going on in your greenhouse Sue, nice to hear you have a jacaranda, I have wanted to have one as a Bonsai for ages but without a greenhouse I haven’t dared yet. If I get a greenhouse in my new garden, a jacaranda will be top of the list.

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    1. I hope that you get your greenhouse and jacaranda, Helene, Our jacaranda was grown by a friend from a seed collected on holiday.

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  13. your greenhouse is a lot greener than mine!! I would love to have one this size but just don't have the room.

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    1. It does take up a large chunk of our garden, Tanya.

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  14. It's all looking brilliant and there's no such thing as a greenhouse which is too big, however much of the garden it takes up :-)

    Can I ask a huge favour? I'd love to see more pictures of your mesh anti-bird door screen. I tried the same thing last year with ordinary netting but it was too light. It would be very helpful to see how you have yours set up so you can get in and out of the greenhouse. thanks.

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    1. I'll email some photos Jayne

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