Time for an update on what’s happening in the greenhouse.
The greenhouse is already full to bursting and I haven’t sown many of the seeds for the cut flower beds yet!
I didn’t even find room for all the Citrus plants this year; two have remained on the sunny (wind protected) side of the terrace wrapped in fleece.
The Lemon will need some water soon, not sure how I’m going to give it some water easily. It wasn’t so easy to wrap.
There are probably too many pots of tulips – too many because as it as been cold since December they haven’t grown on as quickly as I anticipated. There are buds on Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’ and T. ‘Exotic Emperor’; these may even open for IAVOM next week, or I may even pick them in tight bud and bring them inside – I’m desperate for some tulips blooms!
I haven’t removed the shade netting as light levels are still quite high and on sunny days the temperature even with the door open has been rising to 22°C approx.
I have some cuttings of Cistus and Teucrium on the right hand side of the top shelf, I was hoping the warm would encourage root formation but I’m doubtful these cuttings have struck. Their time on the heated propagating tray is limited as soon I’ll need it for seedlings that need a bit of warm to continue growing well (Sweet Peppers and Aubergines).
On the bottom shelf I have seedlings of Euphorbia rigida and E. myrsinites; actually all 4 shelf units have Euphorbia seedlings on their bottom shelves. These are hardy and could go outside but the soil will freeze in the modules and I don’t want the roots to be frozen. I’ve just bought a cheap plastic cold-frame but am a bit afraid it will be destroyed by the wind.
I’ve sown lots of the hardy annuals on the basis that they can be planted outside as soon as they’re large enough and I can then make second sowings (I say this but it doesn’t usually happen!)
The heater is set to just keep the greenhouse frost free; the lowest recorded temperature overnight has been 0.68°C, when I saw that it was so low I raised the thermostat a little and since then the lowest temperature has been about 4°C.
I will have to thin them out to give them a chance to grow into strong plants.
She sits at the end of the path in the Secret Garden (cut flower beds) part of the garden.
Have you started sowing any seeds yet? Do you keep a record of what you sow and when and how quickly they germinate – I find it really useful, especially germination times as it does vary from species to species quite significantly; for example Helipterum roseum ‘Pierrot’ and Salvia horninum mixed both germinates within 24 hours!
Enjoy the rest of the week.