We’ve been lucky with the weather at the weekends recently as although it’s been cold, there’s been sunshine, so I took the opportunity to put up the temporary winter greenhouse on the patio as the temperatures at night drop into single figures.
It was a bit of a tight squeeze to fit all the plants in. There’s a plethora of seed trays, cuttings, young plants, mature plants, pots, bulbs and climbers all sheltering inside and all will hopefully over-winter, protected from the worst of the coming weather.
It looks like a jam-packed green oasis and in the depths of a stark bare winter it might provide a welcome relief to come into this space and see all this greenery huddled together. The summer and autumn sown seeds are in their respective greenhouses (foreground left and right) and the daffodil bulbs are now safely in the ground too. I also managed to pot on several young plants and after that, there’s really not much to do other than odd spot-jobs.
The Strelitzia and a pot of Himalayan blue bamboo will be coming inside the house. I did wonder whether to risk them in the greenhouse but I ran out of room there before I could make my mind up. Being unheated, I do expect the temperature inside to touch freezing if we go through a particularly cold spell, but my experiences of previous winters with the small plastic greenhouses tells me that this may only happen perhaps once or twice.
My plants are snuggled up and now I’m snuggled up, both getting ready for winter dormancy.