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Conservatory providing joy.

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When this was originally built I had my doubts about its value for money. OH was insistent that I would enjoy it and it was worth loosing a raised bed for.

There have been successes and failures [Aspidistra has badly scorched leaves from a sunny day last March].
The main success have been the cyclamen. This trough has 5 plants and this is season 4 I think. They get repotted and fed monthly.

The red ones are 2 yrs old now.

I love this Streptocarpus and it is a really good doer.

The Christmas cacti are also 2 years old and love the conservatory conditions.

Last year I rescued this azalea from Lidls and it has spent the summer in the garden. I noticed it had flower buds opening mid December. Expecting severe frosts and possibly snow I brought indoors. It hasn’t failed to delight.

This cyclamen is 8 yrs old and lives permanently on the kitchen window sill.

Now I really must go and do those lab reports ready for work on Monday.
displacement activities are one of my specialities :o)

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Lovely photos. Love the Azalea. I like those displacement activities too! ;-)

3 Jan, 2014

 

Absolutely Fabulous! Makes me feel ashamed of ours.

3 Jan, 2014

 

I just love cyclamen, my oldest are nearly ten years, I dry them off during the summer and repot in August, out of about 12 I lose about 2 a year, and buy new, the old larger ones fare better, the new ones
have such little corm on them, not made to last.

3 Jan, 2014

 

I have loads of displacement activities :o)

I also took the photos at the most flattering angles so you cant see the mess ;o)

My oldest cyclamen was 29yrs old but the vine weevils put paid to it last year. I don't know how the eggs got laid as the plant never went out side. The pale one in the kitchen is a seedling from that plant and although pink the original was white.

3 Jan, 2014

 

Conservatories are great for growing plants in winter, when there's very little outside.
(Mine is full of overwintering cacti ! lol)

Your Cyclamens are wonderful :o)

3 Jan, 2014

 

Lovely blog Sbg. I love those cyclamen. The rescued azalea is superb too.

4 Jan, 2014

 

Well done you - I can just imagine it all. :-))))

4 Jan, 2014

 

Best thing we did was to put up a conservatory ......for us and the plants!
for reading and sewing......and just living for 9 months of the year thats what we do, and at christmas. The cooler plants like seaburn says love it too, I have a couple of spare polyanthus flowering too, they all go out for the summer, it faces north but still gets warm....

4 Jan, 2014

 

Beautiful Sbg, I wish I had a conservatory, but I only have a small garden and would have to lose the patio and would end up with a very narrow conseratory. I should think these lovely flowers keep your spirits up during these dull miserable days:-))

4 Jan, 2014

 

Very nice, I too have some of my plants in conservatory. :))

4 Jan, 2014

 

Looks lovely, Sbg. The cyclamen are beautiful.

4 Jan, 2014

 

What a special place your conservatory is SBG. A conservatory is a great addition to any home. I just wish I had thought of adding one before I got the kitchen extended.

4 Jan, 2014

 

Beautiful plants SBG. I agree, my conservatory is the best thing we have done to the house. It is my sanctuary. When OH is watching football, cricket, golf I sit there and plan the next season in the garden. It's like sitting in the garden but protected from the elements outside.

5 Jan, 2014

 

I enjoy it most in spring and autumn when it doesn't get too hot. originally it wa not meant to be used as a 'spare' dumping space. It is grrr. OH has bits of bikes and an old [vintage] industrial sewing machine for doing leather projects on the bikes.
as I said photos taken at the 'right' angle to show little of the bits and bobs. One shows a small selection of acetylene lamps form Edwardian times onwards. Nothing newer than 1928!

6 Jan, 2014

 

Your cyclamens are a joy to see and must love where they live. You have some lovely plants out there.

6 Jan, 2014

 

I cant understand the line ' They get fed and repotted monthly'--

7 Jan, 2014

 

Well, Diane, if SBG does that, the Cyclamen obviously love it! Just look at the photo - they look amazing.

7 Jan, 2014

 

I just thought transplanting plants every month would lead to them dying off.

7 Jan, 2014

 

sorry Diane, reppotted yearly when dormant and fed monthly. Brain running faster than typing. :o)

7 Jan, 2014

 

Smashing plants SBG. They obviously enjoy the conservatory as much as you do. My house would seem so small without mine attached. I can't imagine being without it.

7 Feb, 2014

 

Just came across this excellent blog while resting my strained ankle.

I love your plants to in your conservatory I just love mine for now all my fuchsias are growing in out conservatory and my Camelia and passionflower but when weather improves I shall put them all outdoors and then all the Orchids go in to the conservatory through the summer.

13 Feb, 2014

 

Oh no Scotkat! how did you strain the ankle? Take it easy and it will soon be mended.

13 Feb, 2014

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