Not a Greenhouse Construction update

Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride'

An update on the progress happening in the garden

I was hoping by the end of this weekend to have a triumphant update with images of a completed greenhouse (or at least a watertight/glazed greenhouse). However the constant rain has scuppered my plans and instead of sharing photos of the roof in pieces on the floor of our barn waiting to be put together I thought I’d show what’s happening in the cottage garden this spring. Looking back of the blog there hasn’t been much greenery for a while.

In the propagator barn

The tomato and pepper seedlings are just about ready to stretch their legs (and probably have been ready for a least a week or more if I’m honest) and the Gypsophila elegans seedlings were crying out for some room. So these, along with Digitalis ‘Primrose carousel’ and Dahlia coccinea, got upgraded. It does mean they’re now on the floor of the barn rather than the window seat but they’ll do for a bit.

Gypsophila elegans
Gypsophila elegans and Digitalis seedlings ready to move on
Seedlings in desperate need of a greenhouse
Seedlings in desperate need of a greenhouse
Digitalis 'Primrose carousel'
Digitalis ‘Primrose carousel’

The Top Garden

The Aquilegia in the garden are coming along well and there may even be the first flower out this week. Excitingly, the Aquilegia yabeana sown from Plant World Seeds are looking really strong and may produce their first flower ever this year. Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Spotty Dotty’ is a stunning plant with foliage that looks like a toad. It was brought for me by my aunt as an engagement present last year and, again, we’re hoping for it to bloom for the first time.

Overall there’s a real energy to the garden with growth pushing through everywhere you look. The transplanted astrantia and larkspur are coming on well as if they hadn’t noticed the change of scenery. I think I need to start putting up some plant supports to stop the flop later in the year.

Blue cat enjoying the view to the top garden
Blue cat enjoying the view to the top garden
Emerging shoots of Hellebore, Peony, Elephant garlic and Monkshood
Emerging shoots of Hellebore, Peony, Elephant garlic and Monkshood
Podophyllum hexandrum 'Potty Dotty'
Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Potty Dotty’
Aquilegia vulgaris
Aquilegia vulgaris
Aquilegia yabeana looking strong
Aquilegia yabeana looking strong

 

The near garden

Mixed border with a Fuschia in a pot
Mixed border with a Fuschia in a pot
Flowering Clematis
Flowering Clematis

 

Euphorbia
Euphorbia
Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride'
Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’

What’s coming next?

Moving on plants from the propagator meant I had some room to fill. I’ve started some Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’, more Basil ‘Sweet Genovese’, Foeniculum purpureum, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Candy Stripe’, and Scabiousa caucasia ‘Perfecta Blue’. It’s the best time of year!

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