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Late Winter Greenhouse

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Today I gave the Greenhouse it’s late-winter tidy up. Everything was re-ordered, tidied up and watered. The sunshine made the windows a bit steamy, which was a great novelty!

I have kept an electric fan heater on all winter, at a lowish setting on the dial. It has a thermostat, but it is very unreliable. Sometimes the temperature has gone as low as 2C, but nothing has suffered as far as I can tell.

Here is my table of babies…

And my other table….

On the floor at the back I have a Camellia ‘Cupido’, ’Spider’s Web’ and my biggest Aeonium ‘Schwartzkopf’. There are pots of Dahlias, lilies and begonias all over the floor as well, and some of our wood for the log burner is in here too.

On the top shelf I have more succulents, but also my hardy perennials which are waiting to go in to the ground once the soil warms up a bit. These are Monardas and Anemones…

Middle of Shelving…

And the end of the shelving closest to the doors..

Another Camellia, my climbing Fuchsia ‘Lady in Black’ and spindly looking Lemon Verbena with some more pots..

I’m not doing much from seed this year. So far just this tray of blue and white lupins. I’ve put slug pellets over the pots today…slime trails were evident on some things already.

Kniphofia ‘Lemon Popsicle’ plants from Hayloft. I bought a pack of six and potted them on. Hopefully they will fill these pots with roots before I plant them outside later…

Last December (early on) we had an electrical fault and lost the power to the greenhouse for a few weeks. My Aeoniums all had to come indoors and this one was badly infested with whitefly. I have two plants of this one (A. Garnet) and both were badly affected. I think I am on top of it now, but it’s taking for ever to get rid of the things. Only one other plant was affected and that was the little black one called ‘Tip Top’. Hopefully I will get rid of it soon.

I’m not sure I will keep these Nandinas. They have survived, but they haven’t grown. They are both smaller than when I bought them over a year ago now and they just don’t want to grow. :(

Parkers sent me some free Lavenders which are sitting on the top shelf with my purple potatoes which are chitting.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself in there today, it was lovely to be among the plants in a fairly warm spot! I’ve turned the heater up slightly as we are promised a very cold night tonight. Stay cosy everyone!

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I miss my larger green house Karen which I had at Willow Cottage and at the moment the present one isn't fully repaired so use the conservatory for now.
You have quite a lot of plants there and they all look healthy. Do you have to keep your Camelia undercover as mine stay outside all year.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Karen I am really really impressed by your greenhouse hygiene! I suspect you have a cleaner...

5 Mar, 2020

 

I've spent several days in the greenhouse as it has been so bloomin cold. But yours is much tidier than .
Never had any success with Nandina. it is such a shame isn't it.
the lavenders look healthy.
I've had active slugs all winter :o( but the birds seem to enjoy them when I add them to the mealworm saucers.

5 Mar, 2020

 

You’ve certainly been busy, Karen! Your greenhouse is making me green with envy! I’d love to have space for one in my garden, where I can happily potter inside...
As Sue said, it looks so very clean and organised.
You’ve a whole host of healthy, lush plants, including some fab succulents. I’ve left mine on the rockery and kept my fingers crossed...
I’ve a lavender at the back, despite trimming in late autumn, managed to produce and maintain a couple of flowers. As Eileen said, I have been unable to grow nandina too. I guess variety is the spice as they say.
Job well done and as you said, frosty night ahead.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Rose...I only have my new Camellia, which was probably grown in a tunnel, so will need protection for now. And the other one is an autumn flowering variety and they tend not to be as hardy, so I am keeping it inside for now. The rest of my Camellias are all outdoors all year around and do well enough.

Stera...I gave it a good clean in the autumn and have blasted the outside with the hose a couple of times since because the lorries have regularly sprayed it as they pass! :) Cleaner? As if! ;)

Thanks SBG...if I ever see a slug I chuck it in the field. But the blighters are very good at hide and seek in the greenhouse! I have a gravel floor over soil and hardcore and I think they just hide in there during the day.

Thank you Kate. I think you and SBG have both confirmed that it's not worth it with the Nandinas. Thank you! As for the succulents...Rachel has left hers outdoors in Dorset and they look absolutely perfect. They are in pots at her front door and it was lovely to see them all looking pert and healthy. :) I hope yours will be fine too.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Looks so orderly. Lovely to have a greenhouse to potter in.
I hope my Nandinas are going to thrive. They are looking nice & healthy at present in their tubs in my front garden. I didn't know they were temperamental.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Pall looking so neat & tidy. Nice to have a greenhouse to potter in, especially in bad weather. I'm hoping that my Nandinas will continue to thrive. They have been looking nice & healthy & quite colourful all winter. They are in tubs in my front garden. I didn't know that they were temperamental.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Hi Karen, I agree, it all looks very neat and tidy, and very full, I've had no heating in my greenhouse this year, and it's only dropped to slightly above freezing, on 3 or 4 occasions, so quite a mild winter, I only used it for slightly tender perennials and shrubs needing a bit of protection, so will be emptied very soon, {famous last words}, the only plant that will be left in the greenhouse, is my Agave Americana, which is planted direct in the border, it's been there a few years now, so getting quite large, the only problem, is weeding around it, the points on the leaves are very sharp, so handle with care, Derek.

5 Mar, 2020

 

That is one really nice looking neat and tidy greenhouse, am afraid if I had one my wife would just look at it as another piece of space where she could put more of her junk in :) :)

5 Mar, 2020

 

Some of your babies (succulents) are larger than our parents.....and ours are inside the conservatory!
It is looking so tidy and the plants are doing well for you...a credit to your hard work Karen......
We have never done well with Nandina...yet our next door neighbour has a beautiful plant.....which she totally neglects!

5 Mar, 2020

 

Sounds very much like me,your next door neighbourDD !!We have 4 Nandinas here and they have very minimal attention, perhaps a watering, the potted one.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Feverfew. I hope your Nandinas do beautifully for you...like Julia's which is a beauty! I think they generally do well in the South.

Thanks Derek. I am always thinking about ditching that stabby Agave! It will have to go eventually as it will get far too large. It was a gift, not something I chose myself. Not really suitable for here.

Davey, I am not keen on untidiness :)

Thanks Angela. They really seem to love it here. I suppose its similar to their Canary home in there...never gets too hot or too cold.

Thanks Julia. It was seeing your Nandina that made me realise I just am not doing well with them here. I've lost several already and thought if I kept these in the greenhouse they were sure to thrive...but no. I think I shall just use the pots for something that wants to grow.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Karen your orderly greenhouse puts mine to shame, where do you keep your feed, I have problems with ones in cardboard boxes getting damp. My nandina are poor too, thought it was just me.
Are the Leucothoe easier?

5 Mar, 2020

 

Hi Dawn. Yes, the Leucothoe are much hardier. I keep all my chemicals in a big 'chest' made of wood strapping covered with a woven (straw) outer shell. It is lined with cotton. I used to have it in the conservatory years ago for keeping magazines tidy etc. But it makes a useful place to keep my greenhouse stuff and it seems to keep things dry. I'm sure you could get something similar in TKs.

5 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Karen :-)

6 Mar, 2020

 

I do live in the south but found that Nandina domestica 'Obsessed'. is much better variety than the Firepower.

6 Mar, 2020

 

Gosh I don't think I've ever seen such a clean well organised greenhouse , Like Rose I miss my big greenhouse and also have some plants / seedling in my garden room .. well done Karen ..

6 Mar, 2020

 

Looks like a display greenhouse, so neat and tidy. Interesting that your daughter keeps her Aeoniums outdoors. I left my blueish-leaved one under the carport (protects from winter wet) as no room in the conservatory, its is thriving (unfortunately as I'm not that keen on them)

6 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you Siris, Amy and Jenn xxx

6 Mar, 2020

 

Yours always puts my g'houses to shame, I didn't even get around to cleaning mine last autumn before I popped things inside , in my defence it was all done in a rush as the rains arrived the same week that we lost Cathy, I didn't really have the time or the frame of mind to worry about them Karen, good job we had a mild winter as no electric was put in place either, a higher force has been caring for my treasures, lol...

7 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you LL! I am a bit obsessed...but we all know that already! :) You had a tough autumn. X

7 Mar, 2020

 

I'm very impressed by the order and how tidy your greenhouse is. Looks very professional and one you'd have in a show as a display. I won't mention my greenhouse tidying abilities!😉

10 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Legion. I do like thinks looking pretty. :)

10 Mar, 2020

 

It's lovely to see a greenhouse looking so neat & tidy! I don't have a greenhouse, (except one of these plastic affairs on a metal frame & covered with plastic), but even when I worked on my friend Gerry's allotment I never managed to keep the gh looking so tidy!

10 Mar, 2020

 

Just looked again at this blog and now am all worried about my new Nandina. It took me ages to finally decide to have one and it looks so nice where it is. I guess it will hate the winds we get in November but fingers crossed. Do any of you who have lost them know why?

10 Mar, 2020

 

Stera, I can’t be certain, but I’d say its our exposed position.

10 Mar, 2020

 

Karen... your greenhouse is very neat. I like that you have a good variety of plants in there, making for an interesting blog and photos.

12 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Terra. :)

12 Mar, 2020

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