The Garden Circa 1999

I fear I will have to redesign the garden yet again as I want to fit in the new greenhouse – I have lost count how many times I have changed it.  My real love is greenhouse plants and greenhouse management so the inevitable upheaval may be worth it.  If and when I get the greenhouse erected I may not heat it initially but rather use it for tomatoes et al in the summer, chrysanthemums in the autumn followed by lettuce through the winter and bulbs in the spring – this was the regime I adopted in my first greenhouse over forty years ago.

By coincidence my wife has just found out some old photographs of the garden at the end of the Century when we had the first avatar of the lawn and there was only one, admittedly large, greenhouse and a tiny lean-to.  All the shrubs had either not been planted or had not grown very big and there was actually flowers in the borders!!!!!

A Couple More Outside Flowers In November

Type of Freesia

I am assuming this is a type of Freesia; it came in a special offer packet of bulbs


A late flowering Brodiaea; again from a special offer packet



More Late Flowers: Two Green Flowered Climbers In The Greenhouse

Both these plants are caudiciform climbers which are grown for their curious form rather than their inconspicuous flowers.

Testudinaria elephantipes is a fairly rampant relative of the yam with an above ground caudex which gets huge if planted in a border or very large tub – unfortunately space restraints mean mine are not potted on regularly enough – something I want to address next year now that I have rearranged the greenhouses.

Fockea edulis is a member of the milkweed family and surprisingly hardy (I keep mine at a minimum of 40/45 degrees Fahrenheit).

I grew both of them from seed in the Eighties and early Nineties although the Testudinaria does seed itself.

Testudinaria elephantipes

Testudinaria elephantipes

Fockea edulis

Late Flowers – Mid November

The last couple of weeks has seen typical UK weather with drizzle, fog and an occasional frost.  The greenhouses still have late summer/autumn blossoms on show as well as the start of the winter flowers.

Conophytum species

Conophytum species. I grew all my Conophytum from seed in the Eighties and early Nineties – of course in the madness of the last few years I have lost a lot of the labels!

Crassula perforata

Crassula perforata – this my favourite genus of plants and when I get more time and money I want to build up my collection again.

Crassula rupestris

I think this is a form of Crassula rupestris – I did have several forms but this is the only one I have left. The others were far less robust.

Echeveria and Aeonium

Echeveria and Aeonium – I will try and remember the species!

Echeveria xBlack Prince

Echeveria xBlack Prince – I will have to fiddle with my phone to see if there is a close up setting!

Nerine species

Nerine species – I can’t remember where I got it.


A very common Crassula species whose name temporarily escapes me!  I haven’t potted these plants for several years and they aren’t flowering very well this year – I will have to divide and repot in the spring.

Crassula species

Crassula species – probably white form of the above