Don't be fooled. Inside this thin coating of sweetness is a fiery core of total insanity.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

End of the Month View/Peek Inside the Greenhouse -- August 2014

It's time once again for the End of the Month View, hosted by Helen at The Patient Gardener's Weblog (look here), although technically it's really the beginning of the next month. I got distracted by the holiday weekend (Labor Day) and didn't get around to taking photos till yesterday morning. I had originally planned to get some gardening done this weekend, but we started the weekend off with torrential rain on Saturday, plus I got way too comfortable in my pj's. I got dressed on Saturday and Sunday solely to go out and eat. On Monday morning I got dressed just to take pictures. Silly me, I figured the neighbors might be shocked at the sight of me in my nightdress gallivanting around with a camera slewing around my neck. (Oh, what a lovely image that leaves you with.)

I'm also including in this post a peek inside my greenhouse, which I was doing pretty religiously on the 20th of every month up until June. This meme is also hosted by Helen, but I haven't seen a greenhouse post from her in a couple of months. Her greenhouse may be in a state of transition, in her last post in June she mentioned getting some new staging. Anyway, I thought I'd just post some pics on my own. You all want to see what's happening in there, right?

The Greenhouse

The greenhouse from my front door

My collection of Begonias, clustered around the northeast corner, where they get a quick burst of morning sun, just keeps getting bigger and  bigger.

Seedlings and various Bromeliads. I'm collecting smaller Bromeliads to create a Fortnamesque Bromeliad tree

On the western side of the greenhouse, facing the street, is a table full of Agave pups, my Cycad and various succulents

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

View through the greenhouse door

My tomato plants inside are loaded! I've already made a couple of batches of tomato sauce and tomato jam.

My Sun Sugar plants have flopped over from being top-heavy, but they are still producing, although they took a break when we had extreme heat. And they're looking very sad and tired (I know how they feel).

Only two fruit on my butternut squash plant, which is bedeviled by mildew.

Peppers and basil are also looking tired, and the basil needs water and pinching back.

Because I moved the cherry tomato plants into the center of the greenhouse, I can no longer easily reach my table. It's a mish-mashy mess. I'd like to get it sorted, but that won't happen till the tomatoes are done.

The Bottle Tree Bed

For my End of the Month View posts this year I've been concentrating on my Bottle Tree Bed, which I tore apart at the beginning of the year and replanted in a different configuration and with new plants. There are still some plants flowering in there, and I do still like how it looks. I already know which bed in my garden I will post about next year. It's going to get the same treatment.

The Bottle Tree Bed at the end of August

From left to right  -- Veronica 'Lilac Fantasy,' Astrantia with spent flowers, Erysimum 'Apricot Twist,' Sesleria autumnalis, Chrysanthemum 'Sheffield Pink,' and in the lower right corner...a weed.

I probably should have cut off the finished flowers on the Veronica but there are only so many hours in the day, and we've had a hot August

Sesleria autumnalis

Most of the Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' flowers are completely finished, only a couple still have a hint of purple. I hope soon the Amsonia hubrichtii on the left will start showing some fall color.

Most of the Agastache looks like this.

Most of the Hydrangea arborescens 'Invincibelle Spirit' florets are done, there are only a couple still pink.

My hardy Geranium, which I think is 'Wargrave Pink,' is still flowering a little

The slugs love my Carex 'Banana Boat.'

To see what the Bottle Tree Bed looked like back in April when I finished planting it, look here.

I mentioned in an earlier EoMV post that I'd like to buy some secies tulips and maybe some other small spring bulbs to plant in the Bottle Tree Bed. It's getting on for time to order those. I did transplant a handful of species tulips into this bed already, but of course that foliage has long since disappeared, so when I do finally get around to putting in more, there's a very good chance that I will end up digging up what I already planted.

Who needs chipmunks and squirrels when I can do the very same job that they do?


  1. Your garden looks so pristine Alison, as well as your greenhouse!

  2. I'm green with envy over your greenhouse. What a great thing to have. Your begonias are beautiful. I'm going to give my huge ones to Tower Hill and they will be out of here in another couple weeks.

    Love the blue and orange in your bottle garden. Very pretty

  3. Lovely to see your bottletree bed back. And the greenhouse, the tomatoes inside and all the beautiful plants around outside look wonderful!

  4. Looks all very lush despite all this heat this summer. I'm looking forward to visiting next month !

  5. If you would not point out weeds, we would not know the difference. It all looks good.

    Now that I put a gardenia hedge on the north side of my greenhouse, I see that a shelf unit would have solved many problems. The Bromeliad display looks great. I need a Brom tree, too.

  6. And I actually know what a Fortnamesque bromeliad tree is! I'm surprised to see that erysimum still in bloom. Wonderful color and a great choice with the veronica.

  7. I'm envious every time I see your greenhouse, Alison (even though it's arguable that there's no real need for one in my area of SoCal). Is there a squash known to man (or woman) that doesn't get mildew? I've never found one. Seeing your apricot Erysimum, I'm kicking myself for not ordering the orange one Annie's has available while her sale was running.

  8. We have good luck most summers planting our tomatoes outside against an east wall of the house. They are happier outside, but you probably got earlier ripe tomatoes.
    Everything is filling in so lushly.

  9. Very impressed with your greenhouse, it puts mine to shame, yours is so tidy!
    I also like your Erysimum, that would be lovely in my Sunset border, I must try and find a similar one over here.

  10. Your Begonias look fabulous! Your greenhouse looks very productive. Tomatoes can be such rampant growers. The greenhouse would keep them from getting late blight, so they will probably last longer. The bottle bed looks great, I like the purple Veronica with the peachy Erysimum.

  11. What a nice greenhouse and in a great location to your door. Your tomato plants are ginormous! I love your Begonias......Haha about staying in night clothes....All I have to say about that is that I love to be comfortable in my own home and hate unexpected company!

  12. I love your greenhouse posts! Those are some huge tomato plants! Your bottle tree bed is looking great!

  13. Lol, and in the corner...a weed. That made me chuckle. Your bottle bed is looking great, it obviously enjoyed the revamp.

  14. Your greenhouse is still one of the tidiest I've seen Alison. A shame the plants are suffering in that heat.
    The bed looks marvellous - I love the blue of the Veronica and the orange of the Erysimum. You have managed to balance the bed out wonderfully. I do think your hardy G. is Wargrave's Pink, it looks identical to mine. I hope the weather cools down for you a bit.
    Just a thought but have you considered about brining your species tulips on in pots over winter, then come spring when they begin to appear, you can transplant them into the borders. I've did this with Daffs, Crocus and Alliums before and it works a treat.


Gardening is a solitary activity. But blogging about it is a social phenomenon! I don't make money from my blog by advertising, or use it to drive customers to a business. If you liked my post, or my writing or photography, or even just one picture or turn of phrase, I'd love to hear from you. That's how I get paid.