The Greenhouse Year – March 2012

It’s the 20th of the month so time for an update on the greenhouse – feel free to join in with this meme if you would like to.

Having been up at 5:30 this morning to go to a legal briefing in Birmingham I was feeling quite jaded so pleased to finish work at 3pm allowing me some time to garden.  I had originally planned to pop to the allotment but the thought of digging was not at all attractive so instead I spent an hour in the greenhouse rearranging things and pricking out seedlings.  I thought I was already at crisis point space wise but space as been cleared for me on the garage benches and the majority of the succulents have been relocated there until it is warm enough for them to move out to the succulent theatre.  I am also being hard-hearted this year and hardening off plants more rapidly than I have before so the digitalis ferruginea and Vipers Bugloss have been taken out of the cold frame and are now waiting to be planted out.  Seedlings of hardy vegetable plants have been moved from the greenhouse to the cold frame.  Space has been created in both the greenhouse and cold frame. There is at least half a shelf in both waiting for occupants.

Then I pricked out the following:

Petunia Confetti Mix
Celeriac Gt Prague
Pak Choi – tatsoi rosette

Time on my hands before thinking about dinner I finally, on the 20th March, started sowing the seeds I had allocated for sowing this month.  I daren’t count how many packets there are but it is a substantial amount – opps!!  I had some small quarter trays empty so I choose to sow the following, many of which had been chilling in the fridge:

Paris quadrifolia
Geranium mixed
Ferula communis
Mimulus naiandinus
Viola cornuta
Campsis radicans

and my personal favourite: Dodecatheon pulchellum ssp. pulchellum ex ‘Red Wing’ – I needed a long label for that one.

But the most exciting thing in the greenhouse at the moment is that my bottle brush bush has flower buds on it.  I have grown two of these from seed which I think I sowed about 3 years ago so to see flower buds forming is incredibly rewarding.  I need to repot the two plants and then I think they will be moved outside for the summer.

So that’s my greenhouse in March.  If you would like to join in this meme please do and post a link to your post in the comment box. I do the meme on the 20th of each month.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. no greenhouse but seed growing in my basement under grow lights..lots of flowers sown and more this weekend…i will mention it all on Monday and link back…still jealous of your greenhouse!!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Donna – I always find it fascinating that you germinate things in your basement with grow lights. Would love to see some pics of your operation

  2. I love it when the greenhouse starts to fill up dont you? It makes me feel like a real gardener getting everything organised and seeing everything coming through – I still have loads more to sow yet but bit by bit I am getting through my list. Nothing as exotic as yours (most of which I have never heard of) I am going for more wild flowers and annuals this year to fill in all the spaces inbetween the perennials. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Elaine – I havent really sown anything too exotic yet this year. Sowing lots of wildflowers as well and annuals but they will probably be sown this weekend. I seem to have acquired seeds for 3 different types of cosmos!

  3. croftgarden says:

    I still get an enormous thrill every time I see a tray of seeds germinate, even if it is only lettuce.

    1. patientgardener says:

      HI CG – I get pathetically excited when seeds germinate, silly isnt it

  4. hillwards says:

    I pricked out some of the strongest Cosmos Collarette seedlings at the weekend 🙂 Looking forward to watching them bloom, thank you!

  5. Anna says:

    Pottering in the greenhouse is just the best tonic after a demanding day at work – I can still remember that feeling. I imagine that you must be really looking forward to that extra hour when the clocks go forward. Well done on the bottlebrush. You can have a peek into my March greenhouse now – taking photos has made me realise how dirty the glass is 😦

  6. rainyleaf says:

    It looks great…lots of new growth!

  7. amoogk says:

    You are incredibly organised in using your space, I tip my hat to you. I just just have a bit of space in the spare room and in the kitchen. I bought far more seed than I have room to start indoors, I’m going to have to sow most things outdoors in the end.

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