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Julia Report 18 Mar 2013 11:07

Having quite successfully over-wintered my Geraniums in the conservatory with very little heat, but getting very fed up of seeing them taking up the space, I am greatly tempted to move them into the greenhouse, on their transition to outside when the frosts have gone,
However, I have just heard the weather gal say that, we could still be having wintery showers and temperatures, as far ahead as Easter, (2 weeks).
I want to get cleaned and tidied out in the conservsatory, and practically walk through it with my eyes so do not see the untidyness.LOL
What is everybody else doing about this dilemma, if you are in the same boat.

Julia in Derbyshire

PS. Good Morning Everybody


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 18 Mar 2013 11:35

Morning Julia.

Don't be tempted it would be such a shame to lose your plants now.

Lesley in a milder Essex who's geraniums are staying in the porch.


AnninGlos Report 18 Mar 2013 12:47

I am ignoring the mess in the conservatory Julia and hoping that after Easter it will warm up a bit. We do have plants in the greenhouse but theya re all in heaters/propogators.


Julia Report 18 Mar 2013 13:21

I do not have heat in the greenhouse, and it is a fair step from the house.
But I am going to have to set some seeds by Easter, and fleece them over, in the greenhouse. I was more than suprised that the Geraniums did so well in the conservatory, as I did not think it was warm enough for them.
So, I will have to put up with my untidy conservatory for abit longer. You will not see me on here for a week when I make a start LOL
Anyway, Merlin should be along soon, and I bet he has some wise advice.

Julia in Derbyshire


Merlin Report 18 Mar 2013 13:42

Julia,Have you thought about putting Bubble Wrap over the windowsof the green house?I have on mine and it helps to keep it frost free.However it might help if you get yourself a small Parrafin heater and keep in there,they don,t cost a lot and last a long time between the moment thopugh I would keep them inside.Mine are doing quite well in there also the Sweetpeas are coming along nicely. :-D


Julia Report 18 Mar 2013 13:52

Hi Merlin, Yes I have thought of bubble-wrap, bit once the season starts, I seem to be so busy, it turns out to be one of those jobs that 'I must do that for this winter', each year. But I will make an effort this time, and get a paraffin heater. I do not want the Geraniums in the conservatory again, because they make it look so untidy, but at the same time, I do not want to discard them at the end of the summer.
Must severely pull myself together, and get sorted.

Thanks All for the advice.

Julia in Derbyshire


Maryanna Report 22 Mar 2013 10:54

I showed this to my husband, ho thinks that I am the only person in The World who brings their Geraniums in to overwinter in the Conservatory. I can never bear to throw them away at the end of the Summer, I have had some for years.

I can see no reason not to, as I don't have a greenhouse, and it wouldn't be heated if we did, and the conservatory is far too cold to sit in from November to, well usually March, (more likely this year, June or July !) , even with the huge radiator we have in there.

They do, though look so untidy, especially as his year being so cold, I have bought in some pots and my Olive, Bougainvillea and Oleander.

A very house proud and tidy friend looked in there on Wednesday and I nearly died of shame.

As someone said on another thread, they have been in and out like a fiddles elbow !!

At least the garden looks a bit tidier after getting out there in the sun a couple of weeks ago, but then most of the fence promptly blew down in the gales and the flower beds were trampled when the new one went back up, and then everything was freeze dried and looked scorched.

I have just bought a new garden table and chairs, and I want to sit on them !!!!! M


JoyBoroAngel Report 22 Mar 2013 10:58

snow is on the way julia
so maybe best to leave them where they are for now


Julia Report 22 Mar 2013 11:14

Joy, I did not give in to the temptation, they are still in the conservatory, and the upstairs window sills.
We already have the snow, see my posts on Errol's thread.
Maryanna, we must be sisters of the soil. You sound just like I am. LOLOL

Julia in Derbyshire


Maryanna Report 22 Mar 2013 11:26

Oh yes, Julia, I had forgotten the ones on the spare room window sill !!! M :-)


Von Report 22 Mar 2013 12:07

Well you have all done better than I have. I have only two geraniums that have survived in my greenhouse. :-( :-( :-( :-(
Mind you it doesn't have any heat.
I did bring a couple into the kitchen and they have done well.

It's very cold here today and we have just lit the fire. Not even venturing out.
Take care