In the greenhouse

29 May

It’s time for a week of updates from around the garden, showing good and bad as it is very much a work in progress. The greenhouse is of a large enough size that I can use it for permanent planting as well as propagation and winter storage. Permanently planted are tender plants which I previously went to the trouble of planting out for summer before stowing away in pots, in the old greenhouse, for winter. It was a bind to dig up, pot up and move the puyas, for example. What’s more, they won’t suffer from the heat in there, which touched 40c in the couple of warm days we had last week.

Trichocereus bridgesii is putting on new growth

A trio of variegated Agave americana

Aloes striatula and x spinosissima

Graptopetalum paraguayense

Caesalpinia gilliesii was defoliated during winter, despite it being quite mild again and being planted under glass, but it is growing well now

A NOID Agave grown from a packet of mixed seeds. Any idea what it might be?

On to things in pots, the Bromeliads are suffering from the wild swings in humidity. It becomes very dry in there when hot.

Ricinus communis ‘New Zealand Purple’ is a bit slow this year due to my rusty gardening techniques

Nine Agave parryi var. parryi and five Hesperaloe parviflora

A battered young Agave which I am trying to nurse back to health due to its fearsome teeth. While is it too dry for the bromeliads, it’s too humid in winter for the agaves and so fungal infections spread rampantly among them

This Solanum laciniatum volunteered itself in the dirt floor of the greenhouse. It must’ve lain dormant for a couple of years at least, hidden in the soil of a pot I took with me from the old place. I’ve potted it up to grow on.

All in all, i’m pleased with how established it already feels in there. It’s a big, flexible space that will offer me much more in future. I hope you enjoyed today’s tour.


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