August 31, 2014

End of Month Views, August

There's nothing much to see in the August greenhouse. Summering plants abound outside.

Gusmania, Bird's Nest Fern and Tillandsia cycanea in sturdy square terra cotta pots from Viet Nam.

Looking from the other direction, Rhipsalis and Burro Tail Sedums. Little bits of these are rooting in the greenhouse along with bits of Christmas Cactus. I can't help myself when pieces break off.

Beside the greenhouse are more summering plants.
I looked back at last winter's blog posts to see where all these are supposed to go and wondered where the newcomers will perch.

Bromeliads are bigger and more numerous than last year.
Maybe I can make a Bromeliad tree and go vertical.

I try not to think about the pots of Begonias, Foxtail Fern, Spider plants, Rusellia and Graptopetalum. I only think of cuttings when I'm outside watering. 

More white Lantana outside.
Inside the greenhouse I cleared 10' Alternanthera plants behind the two panels to the right and squeezed my tomato plant into the corner. I estimate I have 5 weeks to get ready for plants moving inside. Sassafras suckers came up at the end of my potting bench are among the things I will deal with. 

I haven't made up my mind about Christmas plants. Pots of Amaryllis need preparing if they are to bloom midwinter. Bulbs need ordering if there are to be Hyacinths to give away and new Amaryllis. It is hard to think about Christmas in 95º weather.

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