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In the greenhouse


I decided to clean up the plants in the greenhouse yesterday as it’s too soggy outside. I cut down the Fuchsia Thalia and tidied up the Streptocarpus. Everything got a little bit of water…I keep things dryish over the cold weather, they seem to survive better that way.
Next up was the Lemon Verbena. What a lovely job that was, the smell is the best lemon scent of any plant…except a lemon, of course!
I put some dry compost in a large tray on the patio for the chickens to have a dust bath in. They had a lovely time scrabbling around in it and made some very funny noises. The compost had small salad leaf plants that had died of cold….one chicken looked as if she had lettuce growing out from under her as she walked around!!
Then, I fished out 2 pots from under the staging and what a lovely surprise! Lots and lots of Aconitum seedlings had just sprouted! These were from seed I’d collected in October and sown fresh. It’s a good job I’d labelled them.

Now I can have more clumps of this late flowering perennial.
The greenhouse now looks lovely and tidy (it’s a lean-to and can be seen from the utility room window) and is ready for lots more sowing….soon.

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I laughed at your descriptions of the chickens :o)
A good idea to be sparing with watering over the winter.
You've completed a really useful job today.
Well done :o)

11 Feb, 2009


Yes - best to keep things on the dry side in winter. They survive better that way.
Good luck with your sewings.

14 Feb, 2009

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