In my greenhouse...

Back in June it was all about reacquainting myself with my greenhouse, and trying to persuade my tomatoes to grow - and I managed that, in the end. I think I should have potted them on much sooner, but hey ho! 

i had a bit more luck with courgettes and squashes although no sooner had I planted them out in the allotment, then another one sprung out of nowhere... 

A final courgette has made an appearance

My chillies were suffering the same non-growing fate as my tomatoes, so on our recent visit to Hyde Hall I consoled myself with this pretty purple chilli plant. I've not picked any yet, but am curious to know what they taste like.  

A purple chilli  - pretty but I've not eaten any yet

The flowers I have in the greenhouse continue to flower, it seems both those grown from seed and the miniature bedding plants are acting the same way, and both are adding some unusual colour to my space. The one below is a poached egg plant and good for attracting pollinators.  Pretty too.  

A poached egg plant

Proof that my tomatoes have responded well to potting on. Of course now I'm left with the headache of finding space for them on the allotment, but that's a good problem to have. 

the tomatoes are finally growing

I've also had success with parsley this year. For the first time ever what growing from seed  I know parsley likes it warm to germinate and it seems this year it's playing ball.

success with parsley for the first time ever

I'm also trying starting off spinach, lettuce and beetroot in drainpipe. I know it sounds odd but I think these are the kinds of plant that do well sown direct. But the only problem with that is when the seedlings come through they look like weeds. So my master plan is to give them a head start in the drainpipe and then transplant them without needing to disrupt and interrupt them too much.  

Thats the plan anyway, and of course it's reliant on having somewhere to grow them... 

Spinach - trying a new approach to seedlings
A delicate flower from the bedding plants I ordered much earlier in the year

As well as the pale pink flower above I'm noticing that my blueberry has turned autumnal. I mean, it's a lovely colour but I don't know if it's putting on a show or slowly giving up, I guess I'll find out soon enough. 

The blueberry has turned red, I'm not sure if this is usual or if its upset

It seems that this year though is my year of the foxglove, as not only did I have two flowering foxgloves I've a bumper crop of seedlings too.  

foxgloves seedlings growing on nicely

And finally, there's an unusual addition this month, with these solar powered light bulbs sheltering here. It was way too windy for them to be outside, so they're taking a temporary respite until the summer returns.  I'm hoping it won't be long!

lightbulb solar lights sheltering from the wind

What have you been up to in your garden or greenhouse? Share your successes and more in the comments.