Continuing with the theme of old photos initiated yesterday; this is the now top succulent house as it was in the past (some when and somewhere!). Unfortunately the photo is out of focus and probably taken at least twenty years after the one posted yesterday.
I am very sorry for not posting anything for a while but this blog tends to be the Cinderella of all the ones I write. I usually post to my literary blogs on a regular basis (I am not sure if these are the ugly sisters!) and the art ones only slightly less frequently but this one – despite by passion for plants, animals and the landscape of Southern England – gets ignored!
I must also confess to not gardening enough during the summer months. Up to quite recently it was blistering hot and as my studio was much cooler it became even more enticing than usual! I did take a handful of photographs over the summer months which I will share over the next few weeks. I may try and post one photo a day to see if I can build up some kind of momentum – we shall see!
However the picture below is from much longer ago and illustrates my very first greenhouse: which was made from corrugated PVC and purchased in the Sixties and an Alton greenhouse I bought a bit later in my middle teens (with a bit of help from my parents!). The small greenhouse was heated by a blue flame paraffin heater and housed Chrysanthemums in the autumn, lettuce et al through the winter, bedding plants in the spring and tomatoes etc. during the summer months. The larger greenhouse was initially heated by a coal fired hot water pipe system – which unfortunately caught the greenhouse on fire and then by electricity. It housed the start of my cacti and succulent collection and a large selection of pot plants; most of which I grew from seed.
The frames housed overwintering bulbs, vegetable seedlings and other small plants. The rest of the garden, and a very large allotment, belonged to my father.
I am very sorry I haven’t posted anything recently – pressure of work I am afraid. I have taken some photos during the interim so hope to resume posting on a regular basis in the near future.
Here are some greenhouse pictures taken immediately after a week of potting during the third week of May which I hope may be of interest.
The greenhouses are looking a bit untidy at the moment as I am starting to sort out some plants and repropagate those that need it. I am hoping to start potting earlier this year. The last few years I haven’t begun until May, which is far too late really (with the possible exception of mesembs which grow until late in the year).
A lot of plants are beginning to grow now and more are in flower.
Although there are a lot of promising buds very little new is in flower at the moment. However I did notice a solitary flower on a Cylindrophyllum species up on the shelf (I have forgotten the actual species but I grew it originally from seed).
Flowering is a bit sparse at the moment, especially as my Crassulaceae collection is a bit depleted; I hope to build it up again this year. Several mesembs are flowering well however and there a few Crassulas lining up to bloom in the next week or so.
Here are the remnants of 2012 flowers. My New Year’s Resolution is to spend more time on my plants as many are showing signs of neglect and when you consider most I grew from seed up to thirty years ago this is inexcusable. I also want to do some seed raising and purchase cuttings and small plants this year to renew my collection. We will see how I get on!