Zinnias: planted! They won’t do much til we have nice hot days, but we thought we’d get the jump on them.
First batch of potted tomatoes. We’ll do more in flats, but since it’s still way too early to plant these outside, we have to stagger our plantings so we don’t have too many ready at once.
Coleus planters and geraniums have bulked up nicely in the past few weeks
Herb bay: Almost done planting 4″ pots!
This week we spaced the mixed baskets in this aisle, and cut back/put outside baskets that were too leggy. They’ll look brand new in about two weeks.
Non-stop begonias in pots and mixed planters
New Guinea impatiens baskets look super right now!
Pots of sun coleus, planted this week.
Mixed shade planter close-up
Mixed shade baskets
Non-stop begonias, just lovely
Main aisle, with a lively display of pansy bowls, herbs, and vegetables.
Pansies, now outside on display.
Pansies prefer cooler weather, and are one of the first things we’re able to move outside.
‘Overflow’ greenhouse, across parking lot, is now full of extra baskets and pansy bowls on drippers.
This week in the herb section: Scented geraniums!
Seed room, now with people for scale! The nearest tables now hold flats of basil, peppers, and flowering vinca.
Herb bay, 4″ pots being planted! Yes, I get both tables this year. 🙂
AND a third table. Not bad for someone who started off the herb department with a few pots of chocolate mint, fourteen years ago!
Pots lined up, ready to be planted with coleus and Sunpatiens.
Aisle. Still have lots of cuttings and plugs on carts; everything we plant slowly picks away at all of this.
So many succulents still waiting to be planted
Ferns and succulents
Gorgeous 12″ mixed baskets for sun– these are prime right now!
Perennials, filling in the rest of the bay
Scotch moss, freshly planted on the left.
Perennials and roses, plus flats of stock, violas, etc
Nifty succulent (String of Pearls)
He ate his spinach.
Aisle; pansy flats picked up and put on carts, ready to put outside on display.
You can see a bit of empty space where the pansies were; this will be planted with new flats soon.
Our shipment of potting & top soils and mushroom compost came in this week, and the pallets are lined up neatly on the edge of the lot.
Across the parking lot– we were able to move extra hanging baskets over here to free up some space in the main greenhouse. Once the baskets are hung overhead, we’ll go back through and put more on the floor. They’re all on drippers, which helps speed up the watering.
There was a flurry of activity at the greenhouse this week as we kept on feverishly planting but also prepared to open over the weekend. You’ll see a lot of changes between this week and next!
This week in the herb section: Visit the herb blog to see the transformation!
Here’s another bay-by-bay look at what’s going on. Compare to this post— it’s stunning how the space gets transformed this time of year! You’ll notice that most of the bays we’d been using for storage are now either full or in the process of being planted. As it warms up outside, we can begin moving supplies to the barn or parking lot where they’re still accessible, and plant all that valuable indoor floor space.
Seed room, Van Wingerden West 1
West 3, geranium bay
West 4, herb bay
East 1, entry bay
GGS West 2
West 4– more baskets planted!
West 5– getting ready to plant perennials!
East 5– Roses, just planted! Pallets of pots ready to use for planting perennials.
East 5, better shot of the roses
East 4– the rest of the roses, dahlias, freshly planted flats of marigolds, and 10″ hanging baskets moved from the herb bay.
East 3, still storing some pots and supplies here.
East 2, table is loaded up with plug trays of petunia & other seedlings.
For a closer look at what’s going on in the herb bay, check out this companion article on the herb blog.
A bay-by-bay look, this time.
Seed room, Van Wingerden house West 1
Hypoestes (polka dot plant) seedlings
View across West 3,2,1
West 3 (geranium bay)
West 4 (herb bay)
Planting some larger rosemary– these are going to be huge, yet so reasonably priced!
Large planters with red fountain grass
Large coleus planters
East 2, far end
You can see how much bigger these mixed baskets have gotten!
Pansy bowls~ pansies, stock, snapdragons, alyssum
East 1, main aisle
Gutter Connect house, West 2
The unobstructed view
(Herb blog companion article: here)
Stock seedlings. Seeding is becoming more of a priority, as we get closer to getting all the baskets and planters finished. Flats will be the next goal, as soon as floor space opens up and we begin heating the cold section of the greenhouse.
Coleus with very fancy frilly leaves
Lots of puddles– ice and snow are melting off the roof outside, and the condensation inside is dripping everywhere.
Compare to same view last week– baskets on lefthand table have been hung up! This space won’t stay empty for long.
Trying something new this year: succulent hanging baskets
The New Guineas are really getting big!
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ & friends
Baskets have disappeared from the lefthand table, and small pots of New Guinea impatiens have been planted in their place.
Spider plants in hanging baskets
Exquisite succulent blossoms, from another Echeveria
Herb planting has begun! I’m starting on our larger pots of lavender and rosemary.
A jagged-leafed lavender, L. buchii
Waiting for handles, which have a slot to stick the tags through
More of the mixed succulent baskets, moved onto shelves in a brighter, cooler section.
More nifty flowers, definitely one of the perks of being here at this time of year! A lot of succulents bloom at this time for us.
Even when it’s cold outside, it can get pretty warm in here (as long as it’s sunny). It’s normal to have a day where it’s 0° F outside, and as much as 80° inside. We actually have to turn on the fans to cool the place down! Then at night, the heaters have to be turned on to keep it all above freezing.
We had a section of petunia baskets get below freezing one night. The dirt froze an inch deep, and the water in the stems froze and then burst. (They’re actually recovering very well!)
Plastic walls help regulate temps between sections. Past that wall, we’re not yet heating and are just storing supplies for now.
Perennials. A mix of last year’s leftovers as well as new plugs that are waiting to be planted.
Hens and chicks
For a little more about what I’m doing with the herbs, you can visit my herb blog here, and the correlating blog post here.
(Sorry, got a bit behind on the blog posts!)
Baskets and planters, hung up and on shelves– wherever we can find room!
Setcreasea ‘Purple Heart’
New Guinea impatiens, now with new and improved backlighting!
Fuschia and geranium baskets
We marked the plantings by color so that when the baskets get moved and hung up, similar colors aren’t right next to each other. Having a variety of colors in each bay keeps it from looking monotonous.
In-progress herb section: getting ready to plant!
Every bit of space counts!
A line of baskets, with space left to the side so that we can finish hanging baskets up above
A cart ready to use for planting 10″ mixed baskets
So many baskets.
The ferns are shaping up nicely.
Succulent stock plants
I’m sorry, I can’t help myself. Every week I take a dozen more photos of the same exact plants because they’re just so beautiful!