07 June 2016 By Julie King
I am very pleased to be here today in The Green Room talking about a year in my lovely Alitex greenhouse. My name is Julie King and I write about all things to do with my garden on my blog Peonies & Posies. Last year I posted monthly about the goings on in my greenhouse and today I am pulling it all together so that you can see how I make the most of my very beautiful indoor growing space throughout the year.
By February the greenhouse is starting to fill with flowers. I grow a lot of camellias in pots in my garden and I will bring one or two into the greenhouse in the late autumn to spend the winter under cover. In March I will start to pot up the many dahlia tubers that arrive in February. I keep the tubers under cover until the shoots are sprouting and then move the pots into my cold frames so that the plants can grow on until it is safe to plant them outside. Also in early March the potted hyacinths will start to flower - just imagine the delicious scent that greets me when I open the greenhouse door on a sunny day!
By early April I will be cutting tulips - these were in flower before any of the outdoor tulips this year. April is also the month when I sow my tender crops for the vegetable garden - my propagator is always full! My first sweet peas will flower in April. These are a winter variety of sweet pea that I sow in the autumn. They are designed to grow in low light levels, so are ready to flower under cover very early in the year.
In October my favourite chrysanthemums start to bloom. I buy young cuttings every May and grow them on outside, until mid-October when I bring the plants inside and transfer them to the greenhouse bed. These stunning flowers bring such a great finale to the summer season.
I hope you enjoyed this look at my greenhouse year and that perhaps I have inspired you to grow a few more flowers in your own indoor garden.