A Photo From The Eighties Or Nineties

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.

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Hello Again – Plus A Photograph From My Childhood

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.

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The Greenhouses Immediately After Potting In May

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.

Plants In Flower In March And April

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.

Lampranthus

Lampranthus

Forgotten what Genus this!  It is Bergeranthus or similar.

Forgotten what Genus this! It is Bergeranthus or similar

Crassula hybrid - probably Springtime

Crassula hybrid – probably Springtime

Cassula Anomala

Crassula Anomala

Graptopetalum

Graptopetalum

Graptopetalum

Graptopetalum

Echeveria XDerenosa

Echeveria XDerenosa

Echeveria derenbergii - smaller form.  In the old days I did have a larger form as well which I would like to get back

Echeveria derenbergii – smaller form. In the old days I did have a larger form as well which I would like to get back

Aloe Variegata - I lost one last year so I have kept it drier this season.  Indoors they are impossible to kill but in the greenhouse they suffer if too damp

Aloe Variegata – I lost one last year so I have kept it drier this season. Indoors they are impossible to kill but in the greenhouse they suffer if too damp

Kalanchoe manginii

Kalanchoe manginii

Crassula sp

Crassula sp

Echeveria

Echeveria

February – Plants In Flower: Cylindrophyllum

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).

Cyllindrophyllum sp

Cyllindrophyllum sp

Cyllindrophyllum sp

Cyllindrophyllum sp

 

January/February Flowers In The Greenhouses

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.

Cheiridipsis sp.

Cheiridipsis sp.

A very common mesemb whose name escapes me - I will get back to you!

A very common mesemb whose name escapes me – I will get back to you!

Crassula sp.

Crassula sp.

Aeonium still in bloom

Aeonium still in bloom

 

 

 

December Flowers In The Greenhouses – I Know It Is Now January!

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!

Sedum - I have forgotten the species

Sedum – I have forgotten the species

Villadia - hopeless photo!

Villadia – hopeless photo!

Crassula - I have forgotten the species (again!)

Crassula – I have forgotten the species (again!)

That Crassula again!

That Crassula again!

Crassula perforata - phew I remember one!

Crassula perforata – phew I remember one!

Echeveria and Aeonium

Echeveria and Aeonium

One of the smaller Pleiospilos

One of the smaller Pleiospilos

The end of the Conophytum

The end of the Conophytum

The end of the LithopsIncidentally, after having no trouble for over twenty years my Lithops got mealy bug this year!

The end of the Lithops
Incidentally, after having no trouble for over twenty years my Lithops got mealy bug this year!

Bedragelled Faucaria

Bedragelled Faucaria