The Old Rectory


Isle of Wight

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The Greenhouse

By roses382, Mar 10 2019 03:09PM

The greenhouse was one of the first things we added when we moved here 16 years ago. It is an Alitex aluminium one, a traditional Victorian design and I love it. It is the 'Engine Room' of the garden, especially at this time of year, when there are plants teetering on every surface.

Currently there are pots of Tulips (grown under cover to protect them from marauding bulb eating creatures), Tomato, Aubergine and Cucumber plants on a slightly heated mat, annual flower seedlings in trays, and baby salad leaves.

Cuttings taken last summer and autumn are overwintered here until they are big enough to be a bit hardier. Or some are tender such as my growing collection of Salvias. I usually leave one plant outside and take cuttings as a precaution so that I can see how hardy a plant is. One such is Salvia Curviflora, which has a beautiful magenta velvety flower. I had thought this too tender to survive, being from Mexico, but it has come through very well, and I have babies to plant out in Spring.

There are cuttings of shrubs such as Deutzia, Indigofera and Edgeworthia, pots of Ranunculus, which should provide lovely blooms for cutting a bit later on, and many succulents, some of which I have been propagating this morning by taking leaf cuttings. The 60mph winds have kept me indoors today!

The plants which are not needed in the garden will be sold for charity on NGS days, or by the Barn Gate if I get my act together.

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