The Greenhouse Year – June 2014


This side of the greenhouse looks quite good.  I have spent an hour or so this evening moving the last of the succulents out onto the outside staging and moving all the pots of bulbs into the greenhouse.  They are stored under the staging and on the back shelves with the intention they will dry out in the summer.


This side is slightly more disorganised.  There are seedlings which need looking after, young aloes that need potting up and other pots that need a new home.

They need a new home as I have decided to replace the slatted staging with some plunge propagation staging.  I will then fill this with sand and use it for my alpines and bulbs.  I have been umming and arhing about this for months thinking there was no way I could accommodate all my interests and where would I sow seeds etc.  However, I have realised this year that my interest in growing annuals is more or less non-existent and most of the plants I grow from seed need the cold to germinate.


It will take some careful organising and balancing of the needs of different types of plants but I think it will work.  I should also have room to overwinter my pelargoniums and other tender plants.  Hopefully by the time I write the July Greenhouse Year post the new staging will be in place.


The tall bulbous plants are Peruvian daffodils (Hymenocallis festalis).  This is their second year and I am hoping that the flowers are as wonderful as last year.  I only saw them as they were going over as they flowered when I was away in San Francisco.

So that’s my greenhouse mid June still full and busy and not a tomato plant in sight!



3 Comments on “The Greenhouse Year – June 2014

  1. We had a talk on succulents and cacti at Garden Club the other day and as a result I moved a couple of tender succulents into more shelter under the overhang. They need four hours of sunshine a day, let dry out in winter etc. One of the nice ones had suffered from the heavy rain in the storm the other day – looks like hail damage but only heavy rain. Most of my others are ok here as long as not sitting in a saucer of water. No frost up here on the hill but some in the valley so warm enough to be ok over winter. Last year I broke off bits of Sansaveria Swatscoff (spelling !! – the maroon one) and bunged them in and they just took off. New growth green now and will turn maroon.

  2. one of the reasons they built the Conservatory at Kirstenbosch was to protect the succulents from our heavy winter rain. Altho the succulents from the Little Karoo are also in a winter rainfall area. I’ve learnt to read the small print.

  3. Ah go on Helen – you could squeeze some home-grown toms in there – you know you really want to… 🙂

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