Day 948 - cold
Tuesday, 02 April 2013
I’ve had my beautiful new Rhino greenhouse for just over a
month now. I still can’t quite believe how lovely it is, and I’ve spent several
moments just looking at, playing with all the vents, gadgets and staging – you
could say it’s the new love of my life.
Of course a greenhouse isn’t just for looking at, and pretty
much as soon as it was installed I started to make plans for how I’d use it
this year. Never before have I had so much space for indoor growing. First off,
I moved all of my tender plants into their new home – agaves, aeoniums, cactus,
aloes and other succulents. They’d all been roughing it in the sitting room,
battling with the builders as they renovated our house. You could almost hear
them breath a sigh of relief as I dusted them off and displayed them on the
greenhouse shelves. They already look healthier and have started to put on lots
of growth. It’s a miracle they survived for so long cooped up in dark and dirt
of the house, but at least they’ve now got somewhere lovely to live before it’s
warm enough to move them to the terrace.
After this I started to make copious lists. Lists of flower
seed I’d like to sow, lists of veg I’d like to try, lists of dahlia tubers I’d
like to plant, lists of greenhouse crops I’d like to grow – the lists were
endless. And after that came shopping, as I merrily bought everything on my
many lists. I was like a kid in a sweet shop.
And then of course came the fun part – sowing and planting.
I spent several blissful afternoons in the greenhouse, sowing all the seed I’d
bought. I put the radio on, found homes for all my paraphernalia (labels, pens,
seed trays, pots and the like) and then methodically worked my way through all
the packets of seed. I got completely carried away and sowed virtually every
seed in every packet – if the
whole lot germinates I’m going to be absolutely inundated with plants. Never
mind, I guess I can always give some away to friends and neighbours and donate
some to the school summer fair.
But of course, this is all assuming the garden will actually
come to life this year. As I type this there’s a thick frost on the ground
along with remnants of snow – I can’t believe it’s nearly April. Barely a thing
is growing, and all the seeds I sowed in the greenhouse are struggling to get
going as the temperatures keep dipping so sharply. Although thank goodness for the greenhouse in this horrid
weather – I’ve been able to use it to ‘bring on’ potted bulbs that I’ve been
nurturing for a magazine shoot, and a photographer and I were able to use it
for an ‘outdoor’ shoot during a day of pouring rain. It seems the greenhouse is
not only beautiful – it’s fast becoming an essential.
Until next time..