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Rachel's Journal

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More Scent in the Greenhouse

21 March 2010 17:59:08
Coronilla glauca & Polygala myrtifolia

Coronilla glauca & Polygala myrtifolia

I had a fabulous day in the greenhouse with the sun shining. The scent of those Hyacinths is still prominent and now my Coronilla glauca is adding to the 'aroma therapy'.

I potted up all my remaining Dahlias - 9 Colour Spectacle (orange, cactus), 6 Nuit d'Eté (dark red, cactus), 6 Painted Madame (orange/cream, decorative), 6 Tsuki Yori No Shisha (white, cactus) and 3 Bishop of Llandaff. It's a relief to not have to worry about them going mouldy in their packets.

I finally threw out any greenhouse bulbs from last year that didn't make it through. The only surviving ones were 1 Eucomis bicolor and 3 Ornithogalum saundersii, which I repotted in good compost with plenty of grit.

I scrubbed all my plant labels and am glad to note that I have plenty so I shouldn't have to buy any this year.

And today I returned several plants to the greenhouse - ones I rescued during our Arctic winter. I think they should be fine now. New photos in my 'Greenhouse 2010' album.


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Jacinta Jacinta 21 March 2010 18:37:55

Productive day for you, Rachel.


Clara Clara 21 March 2010 18:49:50

Just had alook at your March and glasshouse photos what a lot of work and yes I see your garden been opening soon maybe for next years meeting well done


flitters flitters 21 March 2010 18:50:55

OMG Rachel your greenhouse puts me to shame , Its immaculate


Ladybird Ladybird 21 March 2010 19:00:17

Great days work Rachel.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 21 March 2010 19:10:59

Great work :O)


Cloncaw Cloncaw 21 March 2010 19:51:11

You and your helper got through a lot today and to have such wonderful scents waff around as you work would put you on a high.


fran m fran m 21 March 2010 19:58:14

Bets on you will need lables by the end of the year ;-)))  Well done.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 21 March 2010 21:18:37

Looking good Rachel, and good to hear one of the Eucomis survived in the greenhouse, I kept mine indoors but the seed I saved off them have germinated and I'm hoping to have loads in the future (well in 4 years time anyway) might take leaf cuttings this year too.


Rachel Rachel 21 March 2010 22:34:59

It's great to get rid of the dead and the dirt and start afresh. I only washed the greenhouse down with soapy water - couldn't have bared the disinfectant smell. May need stronger measures next year. Thanks for your nice comments.


Rachel Rachel 21 March 2010 22:35:36

I hope not, Fran. I bought 500 labels last year but I did nearly use them all...


Rachel Rachel 21 March 2010 22:37:05

That's great about your Eucomis, Bill. I will keep them indoors in future. I had four good leaf cuttings that had taken but lost them when the temperature dropped in the greenhouse. Oh well!


Mairin Mairin 21 March 2010 23:52:22

By my tot, that's 30 dahlias.  Your garden will be amazing.


chilipepper chilipepper 22 March 2010 02:09:52

Great days work Rachel, have been in work since last Wednesday, off tomorrow so cant wait to get stuck in!! 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 22 March 2010 09:31:52

You had a very busy day with all the greenhouse work Rachel.A fabulous day it was.


unagrant unagrant 22 March 2010 12:44:56

What a great days work, even better when you have that lovely scent around you.  Tubs from butter really do make great labels when you cut them up.


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