The Greenhouse Year – April 2014


2014_04190015Another month has passed and the greenhouse is full to bursting although the winter occupants are beginning to move out and the new spring tenants are starting to move in.  There has been a slight swop over with the succulents moving across the greenhouse to the slatted benching and the seedling trays moving to the gravel beds.  I think the seed trays do better with the humidity around them.  I really need to move the succulents out to make room for seedlings etc but I think it will be another few weeks before I can risk the weather.

The new shelves on the back wall are proving to be a wonderful investment.  They are freeing up some space and the agaves, aloes and pelargoniums on the top shelf seem to really like the heat.  Other


occupants include Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos flavidus) which I have grown from seed and a bulbine frutescens also grown from seed.


Seedlings are beginning to appear but I haven’t really started my sowing yet so you can see why I need more space.  The majority of seeds sown to date germinate well in the outside cold-frame but tomorrow I am planning to sow some tender annuals.  The grassy seedlings are white/cream camassias grown from seed collected from the garden last year.  I am quite pleased with them.


The lower shelves are crammed full of pelargoniums, dahlia tubers and chrysanthemums.  They could all do with more light but with some regular moving around they will be fine until its warm enough for them to go outside.


The small floor space is rather crowded with the plants that are too heavy or tall to go on the racking.  I think the Salvia involucrata boutin can be planted out on the slope soon. The Aeonium is in serious need of chopping so I might do that tomorrow.

So that’s my tiny greenhouse this month – I hope you enjoyed the tour.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. rusty duck says:

    Your greenhouse looks so organised Helen. It must be the most difficult month when we are struggling for space. With the cold frames full as well I have resorted to planting out. Probably foolish. We shall see.

  2. There is nothing as wonderful as a greenhouse, especially on a dreary day like today. Yours looks very organised and positively packed with treasures. I bet it’s a joy to be in. Happy Easter to you. Dan

  3. Alison says:

    I did enjoy the tour, Helen. It’s so interesting to see how others use their greenhouses. I have a little less than a month till I can start moving plants out into the sunshine. It’s a juggling act, isn’t it? I hope all your seedlings sprout and thrive. I’ve written a greenhouse post as well, here:

  4. You always have such fascinating things in your greenhouse Helen, and make such good use of the space too. The shelves are a great addition, and I am very impressed by the cammassias, they look groovy, how long until they might flower? I know you didn’t intend to start a meme, so I won’t add a link but I am trying to keep up regular posts about my own greenhouse too, and have a sneaky hope that Jessica and I aren’t the only ones who jump on your bandwagon, it is so interesting seeing how other people use theirs.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Janet
      I suspect it will be a few years before the Camassia flower

  5. Cathy says:

    Your greenhouse is full of such a wide range of things, Helen – I have overwintered fuchsias and pelargonium for the first time but I have started leaving them outside for the last few days, which may or may not be a good thing!

  6. Nell Jean says:

    You know how I love a peek into every nook and cranny of a greenhouse.

    Brug — late summer I plan to take cuttings so I can have early brug blossoms next year. Some of mine are just now thinking about whether to sprout this year.

    Carmencita is the Castor Bean seed I have, saved from some summer back. I think to just direct sow some in the former Red Bed. A man in town had Castor Bean Trees that were more than 20 feet tall in a kind of sheltered location.

    Mama believed in fish emulsion, especially for ferns.

    We had 4 days of rain and distasteful chill. I am so behind.

  7. Pauline says:

    You are so organised, yours makes mine look a dreadful muddle! I’ve just had to move my vegetable seedlings into the conservatory as all my sweetcorn has been eaten and I don’t want to lose everything else! I think it must be a mouse because the shoots were bitten through and left, then the seed itself had its outer layer removed and was eaten! They should be safe in the conservatory, I hope.

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