April 21, 2014

April Peek into the Greenhouse

Alison reminded us that it is time to look in the greenhouse again. Hers looks swell. She has seedlings of all kinds and even a blooming Brugmansia. Here's mine:

I washed the outside last week before the rains came.
What looks like a pile of rubble to the left is the new Urbanite and brick patio.

Evacuation started here when I thought cold weather was over. Some of the plants I moved out shivered for a night or two, but nobody froze. Epiphyllums are on a bench under the cedar tree behind gardenias and things, ready for warm nights so they can bloom.

Tomato plants got to stay inside a little longer because of the
cold rain. What looks like yellow leaves at the bottom are labels.

I haven't decided where Bromeliads are going to summer. Red Begonias and Alternanthera can go with them, or somewhere else. The rest of Begonias are already outside in shade.

My Easter tableau looked more like Christmas, but that's an
Easter Cactus. Rhapsalidopsis.

Here's where Rhapsalidopsis and Schlumbergera are summering.  

 Urbanite and Brick Patio. Surely you didn't think I was going to sit out there in the summer? Jungle cactuses summer in this same space last year on this same table. Now there's more room and I won't have to walk through weeds.

A closer look at brick seams between the broken concrete.

Another, bigger  Easter Cactus at back left. All tiny pots of 
Schlumbergera cuttings have been bumped up to the size that fits into cache pots. They are of cache pots for summer so they can easily drain after a rain. 

Waiting for summer homes in the ground are Pineapple Sage, Porterweed, Chartreuse Alternanthera and others.

 Propagation is an on-going process here.
Every little succulent leaf that falls gets to start life 
as a new plant. Every broken piece of something
goes into a pot to root, which is why I have too
many Epiphyllums and more.

If you haven't a greenhouse, then you must have a bright window or a grow light somewhere. Orchids are blooming in an east window here. What's blooming at your place?



Alison said...

I have that burro's tail sedum too, which drops bits if you look at it funny. I've never tried starting new ones from the pieces, I just let them fall where they may. I did think you were going to use that new patio for sitting! Thanks for giving us an update on what's going on in your greenhouse.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

You sure have lots to keep you busy! I like the brick patio.

I cleaned out my garden window yesterday, putting most of the plants outside. I have several pots of rosemary and Larry put his cacti in there, so in order to start tomatoes, which was one of my reasons for getting the window, I would have had to find places to put some of the plants, but never had the gumption to do that, so I'll be buying plants again. I think I want to give away some of the cacti, but will have to see how attached Larry is to them.

vickie morgan said...

Love your Greenhouse and your patio. So inviting. Your seeds hanger is so cute.
Without a greenhouse I try different things every year. This year I did some winter sowing in plastic milk jugs -only thing that really grew so far as been the leaf lettuce. I transferred that to grow in bags of organic soil and it has been growing great so far. Found that idea on Mother Earth News. Have a great day!

outlawgardener said...

I've started the migration of plants from the glass room and some from the several upstairs bedrooms that get used as plant rooms in the winter. I'm thinking of getting a greenhouse in the next couple of years. You do such fun things with yours!

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

How envious I am that you can wash the exterior. I do hope one day to be able to have a more permanent exterior.

chloris said...

I am very impressed by your beautifully tidy greenhouse, all so clean and well organised. One of these days I will make my greenhouse fit to be seen. But in the meantime I shall just have to enjoy the pristine ones on blogs like yours.
Never mind, my plants are very non- judgemental and they grow well despite the mess.

I Blog Here & Here too