Does winter leave you feeling a little penned up? This gerber daisy is definitely feeling a little confined on this shelf in the greenhouse.
There, that's better, now this little gerber can stretch her petals.
The plants in the greenhouse are nearing the end of their winter incarceration. Months of being crammed in tightly with dozens of their closest plant friends can lead to lack of air flow, inadequate light, shared diseases, and insect infestations. Luckily, liberation is in sight, and the days of crowded shelves and crowed floors is almost over.
I'm tempted to put the lemon, lime and oranges trees outside, but I've been tricked before. This year I'll wait until nighttime lows stabilize. I don't want to risk chilling those precious blooms which are already setting fruit.
Some plants perform quite well in the greenhouse during the winters months. This 'Firesticks' pencil cactus, seems pretty happy with it's greenhouse digs even if the remnants of last year's bubble wrap is blocking the sky view.
This bougainvillea always seems to bloom best in the greenhouse in late winter and then, nothing for the rest of the summer. This year I plan on trying Nutri Star fertilizer especially for bougainvillea to see if I can turn that trend around.
Judging from the 7-day weather forecast, the freezing temperatures are behind us here in Central Texas. I think this purple flowered Philippine violet is on it's way out to a spot in the garden, but this croton will have to wait a little longer for it's shady spot on the back deck.
Here's a lucky, little nigella seedling that has recently escaped from the greenhouse to the garden. The other less fortunate gailardia's will have to bide their time on the shelf until next weekend.
Sorry to leave the rest of you plants with your noses pressed up against the glass. Your time will come soon.