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Greenhouse in January 2016

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I have a very small electric radiator in the greenhouse which will just keep it frost free. The lowest temp. so far has been -.5C, so that means that everything keeps ticking over. I don’t use any insulating bubble wrap etc. as it only gives me condensation issues, which then leads to mould.

So here is some of what is going on in there today…

Now although this looks just like a Hosta, it is in fact an Alstroemeria called ‘Rock N Roll’ which has just arrived from Gardening Express. It will have Red flowers once it gets going. I’ll keep it in here until the weather is warmer and then it will go in to a large pot for my patio.

Scented leaved Pelargoniums doing ever so well….

Alstroemeria still flowering….

Some cuttings taken from an evergreen Erysimum which Brian kindly sent me….I have taken lots…

One of my succulents flowering….

It does me good to go in there an potter whenever I can. So lovely to see flowers at this time of year. :)

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You have more colour in your greenhouse than mine Karen. Unfortunately, although I have my heater from the old potting shed, we have no electricity in this garden and think it would be too tricky/expensive to install. I'm a bit concerned about my chatting potatoes. They are in a seed tray with propogator lid and then zipped up inside one of those minim greenhouse, inside the greenhouse. Hope they will be ok with the frosty weather.

22 Jan, 2016

 

Yes, they are on sale in our GC Paul but I think I'll wait a while yet. We could get some serious winter in Feb and March...you know what it's like...we never know what on earth we'll get from one week to the next. But I'm thinking yours might make it with all that insulation. :)

22 Jan, 2016

 

I love your succulent collection. It looks like a porcelain display I've seen at Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Ave. A major winter storm (blizzard) is just bearing down on us now Cottagekaren. I think it's heading your way - give it 5 days or so.

22 Jan, 2016

 

I've just seen that Bathgate...good luck..stay safe! Hopefully it will wear itself out in the Atlantic! We've had enough winds already!

22 Jan, 2016

 

Thank you Karen. It's very eerily dark and quiet outside, the calm before the storm. I just wanted to warn you so you can be prepared. This storm is a monster - over 2 feet of snow is predicted with hurricane force winds and tidal surge - flooding along the coast.

23 Jan, 2016

 

A bit of heat makes all the difference, keep my tenders in our conservatory, with tubular heaters on a timer, makes all the difference. It is summer heat that can be a problem, if only!

23 Jan, 2016

 

love pottering in the greenhouse..love your flowers...so welcome at this time of year

23 Jan, 2016

 

Yes...thinking of you and all our East Coast friends Bathgate!

Siris, you're right..no overheating issues last year that's for sure!

Thanks Sandra...my greenhouse does make me happy. :)

23 Jan, 2016

 

My greenhouse has all the plants that need to be frost free without heat. Saves the expense of heating. Those that need more are in my outer hall in the house. Yours look great Karen.
The weather on the east coast looks pretty bad Bathgate. Hope you stay home and warm. X

23 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Linda - I'm keeping warm & snug inside today. I hope we get a few days rest before the next one.

23 Jan, 2016

 

As I remember it the bad weather on the east USA coast will be over here in 3 weeks time ! Keep stocked up.

24 Jan, 2016

 

I'm getting quite excited Karen as we may have found an area in the garden where I can have a small greenhouse ! The only thing was, the car failed miserably on the M.O.T the other day and wasn't worth getting the jobs done ! It was only a second hand Peugot , but it was my pride and joy ! Anyway, we had to buy another one, another little Peugot, so have to wait for the greenhouse !!
I can't believe all the colour in yours in January !

24 Jan, 2016

 

Oh Rose...how frustrating for you! Thanks though, the garden is looking pretty good for January. Thing is, the grass kept growing well in to December, and there are plenty of evergreens in there as well, which really helps. But so far we haven't had much winter to speak of..just the week we were away in Gran Canaria.

24 Jan, 2016

 

Would you Adam and Eve it!!! my comment has just flitted off into that mysterious Goy place that I love so much....

24 Jan, 2016

 

Greenhouse is looking lovely, Karen.
Added to GoYpedia.
Unfortunately, GoYpedia Greenhouses is one of many GoYpedia categories which are no longer accessible, so I've added it to Storage Ideas ... best I can think of from the categories I have !

24 Jan, 2016

 

Oh Terra, thats no good is it? We need a way to transfer pages from 'dormant' account holders, so they can be made accessible. Otherwise theres not any point to Goypedia.

24 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks though!

24 Jan, 2016

 

Can't find my comment anywhere,lol, I was saying I too love my g'houses Karen, can get lost in them on even the lousiest of days if I've a mind to, sometimes only moving things around or pulling away dead foliage,my bottom one is only really storage at this time but will come into its own once I run out of space when its pricking out time.
I use a proper g'house heater in the top house but its only on the freeze setting, tried the bubblewrap years ago but stopped because like you I had condensation issues, I have mini g'houses that become part of my shelving during winter and springtime, I have the covers for them for extra protection but has not been neccessary to get them out in recent years, if anything this year its more a case of keeping a watchful eyeout for mould because of the damp, dark days, I am being extra careful with my alpines that Brian sent me a few years back, would hate to lose them.
Its nice and cheerful in there as my geraniums are flowering constantly and some of the succulents are budding up again even though they already flowered when I placed them in for the winter, keeps me happy as well Karen.....

24 Jan, 2016

 

That sounds great LLass! Thanks for retyping your comment!

24 Jan, 2016

 

I never realised that Pelargoniums could flower all year around until I put mine in the greenhouse. :)

24 Jan, 2016

 

I know a lot of people will take all the blooms off to get stronger better plants but I don't like to do that, I can understand a showperson doing it though, or someone trying to develop new colours, varieties and suchlike but mine are for me so doesn't really matter, will possibly nip the heads off later when the springtime arrives just for them to fill out and get a few extra plants if I need them, its early days yet and I like to see the colours ...

24 Jan, 2016

 

Yes, its a real tonic to see flowers in January! i took some cuttings from one in Dec. And they seem to have taken. One even has a flower on it, which I should remove...but there we are. :) i took another one indoors but it went very leggy. I had to cut it hard back. I think I'll put it back in the greenhouse actually...must do that tomorrow. :)

24 Jan, 2016

 

I have some Pelargoniums in the conservatory which is very cold until I put the heating on of course, but unless there is plenty of sunshine, it is still a cool place ! The Pelargoniums are still flowering !

26 Jan, 2016

 

Yes Rose. I first noticed it on our first holiday in the Canaries. The hotel had beautiful gardens, and they had lots of pelargoniums planted permanently. Then I read up and it seems that they dont have a dormant period. They just need the right temp. And they flower continuously all year. Great plants for a conservatory then!

26 Jan, 2016

 

I love to keep pelargoniums from year to year. I have two which are now in their third year of continuous flowering (on an outside windowsill). I know some people use old ones for cuttings, but I love to have really big ones! They were only cheap bedding plants when I bought them in a tray of 20. Your greenhouse looks fab!

(If you know "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge, you'll know that pelargoniums ("geraniums") are the plants nurtured by Marmaduke Scarlet, the cook. They are constantly resplendent!)

29 Jan, 2016

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