And that's largely what it is: The only mature plants are of the bulbous variety (i'm including corms, rhizomes, stolons and any other kind of underground energy storage device here, pedants) and a few Rhododendron hybrids. So, this being the nicest day until June, I decided to have a bit of a tidy up. I'm a firm believer in leaving the old foliage on to give over-wintering places for the baddy-munchers and also to allow any seed to drop where it feels, to be weeded out, moved or potted up as necessary. But I also have to take into account the diners at the cafe below on Sundays, having once almost killed one when someone, who shall remain nameless, decided to put a dried out Pelargonium in a clay pot on the windowsill on a VERY windy day. Apparently it was an inch from her head.
So here's the view out the main window (I'm not pixelating the faces of any schoolchildren, as the Press Compaints Commission requires. If they wan't to make that much noise and throw shit at my windows I don't see what harm it can do.)
|Ignore the hose, dead foliage and lack of flora and it's full of potential. Oh, and the lack of soil and the fact that it's the roof of the cafe next door, which wasn't built to take mature trees, and it's the ideal site for my rooftop garden.|
|All at once, as if answering some mystical call of nature.|
|It's a beaut! Somewhere between a lily and and Amarrylis|
|Looking a bit sick already, and that's with it having been under protection and dry.|
|And after a short back and sides. Of course, there is always an insurance policy...|
So the "greenhouse is filling up with rooted cuttings from Penstemons, Fuchsias, Pelargoniums and my perfect blue Salvia.
|If it needs protection, this is the best I can do. I suspect the fridge will be warmer some nights!|
|Note the species pelargonia, big ones left, wee ones, right.|
|This one's protecting a Lilium ducharai which muct be close to flowering size and its babies. And if you thought the Glad was a stunner...|
|The (mature) candelabra Primulas such as this one, Japonica "Strawberries and cream" have been taken out of the water trays they've been sitting in since Egypt. Ice is out enemy!|
|The Lupins will be the first tenants of my allotment space, allowing them to overwinter and then reveal all in early summer when I can choose which hybrids I want for the roof (max three, even though they're a dwarf strain.|
|The bulb house is packed to overflowing, but it's essential to keep the air flowing so the pots outside have been chosen for their suitability. The idea of the house is all about controlling water, not heat so it's wide open as often as possible.|
|Only a couple of seedlings so far from the Salvia, just an experiment to see if the amazing blue comes true|
|I hope it doesn't! I'll make my cuttings very desirable!|
|The Calochortus, which I have never grown before, is making lots if incredibly erect foliage. Hopefully to be followed by this:|
|Hmmm, quite different in the foliage department but very nice!|
Well, I'd better leave it there, happy gardeing as ever and if you like what you see, join out merry band!