Overwintering

Last Autumn I decided to experiment with overwintering some of my favorite plants so that I would not have to replace them come Spring.  If they were in the ground I dug them up  and put them in pots in the greenhouse (as with the Angelonia) or if they were already in pots I just moved them into the greenhouse.  So far the experiment has worked well.

The Gazania that overwintered has just put out its first bloom.

SONY DSCAnd while the Angelonia did not fare as well, having almost completely died back there are some heartwarming green shoots to be seen at the base of the stalk.

SONY DSCMy hanging basket ferns also survived as did the tender patio Hibiscus trees that I kept warm all winter.  The Hibiscus  are right now putting on buds.

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I believe that with the cost of the plants saved as well as the savings in starting things from seed rather than having to buy plants from the garden center the greenhouse has already paid for itself.

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