Saturday, 21 April 2012

Greenhouse, shelf by shelf

There was a meeting about the 'Open Gardens' this week. It was lovely to meet the other gardeners and it has given me another boost. Just hope the weather warms up a bit. I can cope with the rain but I could do with less frost.

Anyway lets begin at the right hand side of the greenhouse, in the yellow box. These are all the 'doubles' of pond plants, just in case we had another bad winter. As you can see they are doing well.

The top shelf has some of my new Brugmansia's, one of which is Brugmansia Sanguinea Orange, an Olive and a Begonia Luxurians. I love the leaves of this.

Underneath the bedding Coleus, and

Lots of Nicotiana

Further along, we have a selection of tomato plants, climbers, Sweet Peas, Nasturtiam and Ipomea underneath some Heuchera, Petunia's and some Foxglove 'Illumination, a new one from Thompson & Morgan.

on the shelf behind some ferns and more Heuchera

from left to right... Colocasia Fallux, still quite small, and I think may have to go back on the heat mat as they haven't done much for quite awhile. Beside another petunia which as you can see has decided to flower already. Then we have at the front Ricinus and behind more nicotiana. I love the Ricinus to think how big this will be in a few weeks and even months.

The ensete in the front pot is a ? which has been potted up on 'horse manure'.

My Cyathea australis cooperi,
not hardy!

another Ensete

ferns and Black-eyed Susan beside

Getting tired yet? One of my Ensete Maurelli, this one has been repotted onto horse manure. This one usually gets the 'strangles' so we shall see.

This one on the other hand usually does well

A few of my hosta's

more ferns and purple spotted plants

squeezed in at the end of the propagater, 2 brugmansias and 2 gingers

Heuchera's and ferns

Spider plants, Bears Breeches (Acanthus spinosus) and some more Coleus

On the back shelf, Cobea Scandens (cup & saucer plant), more coleus and an abolution

That was just one side and the back of my 12 x 8 greenhouse. Lol!

More to follow..........

Monday, 9 April 2012

Trying hard not to over do it!

Having been so ill for so long I am now trying my hardest not to over do it, as I get so very tired. Currently hubby is at home and is forever shouting at me from the office, telling me not to do this or that, it is so frustrating. The sad thing is, he is so right!! (But don't tell him I told you!)
I admit that when I am outside, I find little things to do, that lead to larger things and so on and so forth!

Anyway this is what has been going on so far..

the trough is now planted. And no I did not fill it with soil, I just did the planting. I still have some more climbers to go in. Hopefully by July it should look alot better and I can always fill with bedding plants.

between the trough and the filter box I have managed to acquire some plants from 'Freecycle' which I hope will grow big enough to hide the filter box.

Hubby bought some new fish yesterday and the blanket weed is diminishing due to a 'doody' gadget Xterminator it seems to be working too!

I am so looking forward to sitting out here in the summer.

The Greenhouse, well what can I say?

full and overflowing, you can see some new staging I have bought to the right of the greenhouse, I was hoping to be able to fit it in, but it won't go!

as you can see the shelves are brimming,

I am very tempted to get rid of the new veg bed next to the office seen in the next pic and get another greenhouse here, we shall see, I suppose it all depends on how much I have to over winter?

I will have to think quite seriously about that.

Now look at my 3 headed daffodil, isn't it lovely. I have gone for the miniature ones as I hate all the greenery the full blown ones have.

Wonder how unusual this is? I shall mark this and see if it does the same thing next year.

Its taking me forever to get the veg beds, raked, riddled etc. When I had them re-edged a lot of the gravel and rubbish got into the beds so they need to be sorted before I plant them up. But I am finding it very hard to do. Just wears me out!  Anyway, I managed the smallest bed, took me ages to do and biggest cheat of all, I bought the broad beans!!!

My neighbours, big veg growers, have planted loads. We are great friends and they inspire me to keep going. This weekend, they have spent the whole weekend re- arranging there growing areas. So banter between the gardens has been going on!

I replanted all my bamboos, one is growing like crazy, you can see the new shoots

My big one is looking rather poorly. I hope it pulls through.

When we went to the Water Garden for the fish, I picked up some hosta's. I intend to grow them in pots as Will Giles from the Exotic Garden grows them.

Raining today, so I won't be outside today.