Saturday, July 23

Welcome to the jungle

Let's take advantage of the cooler conditions to explore inside the garden greenhouse.
The net is an attempt at keeping the birds out,
When you enter our garden greenhouse at the moment you could be forgiven for imagining that you have been transported into a jungle. The plants have thrived in the recent heat despite us being away for the two hottest days of the year.
The tomatoes are setting fruit.
The mini cucumbers are providing a constant supply of fresh fruits.
The plants are exploring freely.
The peppers and aubergines haven't set fruit yet but they are flowering.
I wasn't as successful at pollinating the peach and nectarine as I was the apricot. We have just one peach and two nectarines but will they ripen?
There are immature bunches of grapes dripping from above.
The are some ornamentals too. This year I fancied growing some coleus from seed - something that I haven't done for a while.
Climbing up the canes below are a thunbergia also grown from seed and self sown ipomoea or morning glory - will they flower? 





28 comments:

  1. I fancy doing a bit of "Jungle Survival" in your greenhouse - I wouldn't starve, that's for sure!

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    1. You'd be living on cucumbers for a while as nothing else is ripe! :-)

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  2. I would LOVE to spend time in that greenhouse---love the lush growth. I bet the smell is heavenly--I miss that "earthy" smell when you walk in to one.

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    1. Just hope that the lush growth bears luscious fruit, Sue.

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  3. I'm willing to bet you don't scream....I'm a celebrity - get me out of this jungle! Everything looks very healthy and productive Sue.

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    1. Only when it gets too hot in there, Angie. Interestingly the other day it was cooler in the greenhouse than outside.

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  4. Oh it looks so lush and green in there Sue. I haven't grown coleus from seed for a good while but will have to grow them again in the future. Such intense and warm colour :)

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    1. I hadn't grown any for ages, Anna but couldn't find many different packets of seed.

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  5. Ohh..you really have a beautiful 'jungle'..I love it..

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  6. Wow, reminds me of my grandfather's greenhouse, and that my friend is a high compliment x

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Carrie :-)

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  7. I now have greenhouse envy!

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  8. Everything looks grand! I love it when the garden gets a little crazy. Mine is too dry this year to go nuts.

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    1. It seems to happen so suddenly doesn't it, Bonnie?

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  9. Wow! What a productive green house! I never have luck with tomatoes!
    The grapes look so promising! Soon you will me biting into juicy fruits! ;)

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    1. Your garden outside is like a giant greenhouse, Malar.

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  10. All looks full of promise Sue, are coleus difficult to germinate?

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    1. Coleus is really easy to germinate, Brian it's finding some different seed that is difficult. I could only find a mixed packet.

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    2. Have you tried Chiltern Seeds? They have a website.

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    3. No I haven't, Brian but someone mentioned them in another context so I may try for next year.

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  11. Your grape is so awesome! Hoping it has great taste. Your coleus looks so striking. I think I should try growing coleus from seed to add my collection.

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    1. The grape hasn't let us down in all the years we have grown it Endah. It produces small, sweet, seedless grapes,

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  12. Wow! What a heavenly jungle. I'm in awe of those grapes. I do hope that all ripens, it's certainly looking good.xxx

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    1. The grapes in the greenhouse are generally reliable, Dina, I can't remember having had a grapeless year. I hope that isn't tempting fate.

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  13. Hello again Sue, I’m loving seeing inside your very fine greenhouse. Your rich mix of plants creates a garden under glass that’s for sure. I also love your brick path up the middle and the overall lush jungle look too – great job!

    I was trying to take photos from my tiny 6x4 one this morning (a tricky challenge when tight for space outside door). I had been thrilled with the way it was looking as this summer. I’d made an effort to make it pretty and a bit productive (by gifting OH young bell pepper plants). Sadly the plants ain’t so pretty now - such a shame and a big disappointment to us both. OH hung up these sticky yellow fly catchers last night but I fear insects have taken over and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get rid of them.

    How do you keep your plants free from pests? They are all looking so healthy to me. Have you any tips?

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    1. The fruit trees have some black sticky stuff round the bottom of the trunks and have been sprayed couple of times but nothing else has any treatment against pests at all Shirley.
      We don't use any sprays or anything in the smaller plot greenhouse either.

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