When one has a greenhouse, the seasons seem to blur, both figuratively and literally. As southern hemisphere plants push toward their autumn, northern hemisphere plants start their growing year. Plants that come from areas where there is only rainfall for a short time, such as South Africa or Chile, the differences are more extreme, with many bulbs and other geophytes blooming either at the start of the rainy season, or at the end of the rainy season. The South African bulbs fall into these two categories, so collector greenhouses like mine often look best right at the beginning of the 'rainy season' ( i.e. the hose in fall" or at the end, when many bulb plants seem to send up their last hurrah.
|Those Poppies that I sowed two weeks ago are starting to spout - look carefully at the bottom! Papaver rhoeas are on their way.|
Pelargoniums are beginning to bloom. This Martha Washington type is just beginning to open its large, pansy shaped blossoms. An old variety from the late 1800's we found it at an old wooden greenhouse in Maine many years ago. Most old pelargoniums like this were mainstays of the classic Victorian conservatory, but have been lost, replaced with fancy hybrids and Proven Winner-types that have been micro-propagated.