Greenhouse Year – May 2012

I have lost track of the date and I wonder only thinking this morning, whilst weeding at the allotment, that it must be nearly time to do the monthly greenhouse post.  I pondered on the date and realised that today is the 20th and therefore the date for monthly post.  So here we are.

Lots of small seedlings still mainly due to the cold temperatures and lack of sunshine to bring them on.  I have only this weekend started hardening off the courgettes and tender annuals whereas last year I think they were already out and growing on.  This weekend hasn’t been that much better although the temperatures are creeping up so I have spent quite a few hours pricking out and potting up.  Both the cold frames are full and the patio is beginning to get crowded.

It isn’t all seedlings in the greenhouse though.  One of the  scented leaved pelargoniums is smothered in flowers and it really packs a punch when you open the greenhouse door.  I also have three small passion-flower and they all have big fat flower buds which are on the point of opening.  These flowers are also heavily scented so I think it could get quite heady over the coming weeks.  But what I am most excited about is that there are definitely flower buds coming on my Watsonia, I grew them from seed about 3 years ago so having them flower will be a real achievement.

The biggest problem in the greenhouse at the moment is the number of slugs and spiders.  Last year we had a resident frog who obviously kept the spiders and slugs in check but he moved out when I cleaned out the greenhouse.  This is probably a good thing for the frog as I now have a cat who loves hunting and who would no doubt torment the frog but it’s not a good thing for my pest control.  I have to clear out the staging on one side to make room for the tomato plants so I will have to give the whole greenhouse another clean then.

I have today sown the last of my perennial seeds but I now need to start sowing the biennials – it never seems to end especially as I want to have lots of wallflowers, sweet-william, sweet rocket and honesty next year for the garden and for the allotment.

I finally have some dahlias coming up and some gladioli.  Last year all my dahlias, which weren’t cheap failed so this year I bought some very cheap ones from Wilkinsons as well as growing some from seed.  To date progress both from the bought tuber and the seeds is definitely better than last year, although to be fair that isn’t that difficult.

That’s my greenhouse in May.  I will do another post on the 20th June.  If you have a greenhouse and would like to join in with this monthly meme you are very welcome – just post a link to your post in the comments box.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    Your greenhouse is very organised Helen. I need to be more organised about what I sow; I’ll be using the greenhouse for cutting for the next months and hopefully chopping tomatoes. Here’s my link.

  2. My watsonias are still at the all leaf stage.

  3. stevensjono says:

    Hi Helen.

    About to move into a new house with its very own greenhouse, so look forward to contributing more on this topic!

    In your second picture, what is the dark plant on the right? I bought one from outside a house in the Isles of Scilly a couple of years ago. Mine has grown with a big stalk though. How have you managed to keep yours compact?

    1. patientgardener says:

      Have emailed you

  4. I just planted my dahloas and glads outside from tubers and bulbs…my basement is sort of a green house…lots of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant to be hardened off starting TH when I will be home for a long 5 day weekend…

  5. I will vicariously through you since I do not have a greenhouse. Thank you for this monthly post.

  6. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – All very neat and tidy and growing! I have that pelagonium growing on a sunny bank – goes crazy. Originally can from my mother -in-laws garden in Christchurch, forty years ago. Lovely smell! I just leave my dalhias sitting on top of soil after chopping back and chuck some away (or give away) big hunks as gets too big for my small garden. I have a pinky-apricot one. I have hundreds of tomato seedlings popping up – I will have to tell them wrong time of the year and appologise and pull them out!

  7. Mark and Gaz says:

    Good to see some updates and progress Helen. We started our Dahlias so early that they’re already flowering in the greenhouse. The Dahlias we buy from Wilcos are such good value, and reliably sprouts too.

  8. How lovely to have a mooch around your greenhouse! I think you are right to hold-back on hardening-off the courgettes – I wasn’t nearly cautious enough with mine and they have gone into shock.

  9. Sarah says:

    Hi there, not claiming to be an expert of any kind, but I remember reading somewhere that spiders are great friends in the greenhouse. Slugs are not too welcome though.. Thanks for a great blog and greetings from Sweden!

    1. patientgardener says:

      Hi Sarah – I think you are right about spiders being good, its just the cobwebs!

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