It's that time of the year again when we have to start thinking about where to put plants away for the cold months ahead. The greenhouse at the bottom of our new garden (past the koi pond) will be the main home for those that will need some extra protection for it will be gently heated to keep it above freezing for the entire duration of winter.
|Nearly all have gained size and done well since the start of the summer|
|But before you gain entry you'll have to feed these fellas first...|
But before that I better take a look at what's there already.
|It's pushed out some new growth so I'm hoping that this Yucca thompsoniana is re-rooting nicely|
|The photo betrays how blue the Nolina nelsonii at the front is.|
|Clockwise from lower left - Beccariophoenix alfredii, Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera, Chamaerops humilis, and a Cycas revoluta|
|Another one that is very blue in the greenhouse - Yucca schottii|
|and its neighbour Solanum pyracanthum|
|Whilst not looking one of our Agave montana has thrown out some variegation. To core it or not to encourage variegated offsets, that is the question... (sorry for the weeds!)|
|New growth that gladdens my heart - from a previously flowered and rootless Yucca rostrata|
We lost nearly all of our power tools during the fire hence we weren't able to build any greenhouse staging in the past months. To be honest, lost tools or not I doubt we would have been able to build those stages anyway with our spare time severely preoccupied by the house renovation. So I'm pondering on just buying off the rack ones which I'm currently looking in to, seeing what's available out there that's sturdy but won't cost the earth either.
|The vignette just outside the greenhouse - how many can you identify?|
And back to the greenhouse, apart from the staging we'll have to put some insulation in too, to keep the warmth inside and consequently reduce heating costs. Then once that's done we can start putting more plants in, all part of the big ritual of tucking the garden to bed for winter.