Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
|'Duncan Eagles' - zonal pelargonium|
'Duncan Eagles' is a basic zonal pelargonium with pink petals and, unusually, red spots and splashes and has green leaves. This is another pelargonium raised by the late Brian West of the Isle of Wight, UK. It is a cross between Brading and Golden Stardust.
During my recent visit to Adelaide in Australia I went to see Elaine Ward. Elaine is not a relation of mine, although we share the same surname. I had met Elaine on my last few visit to Adelaide when she was the President of The South Australian Geranium & Pelargonium Society Inc. She has recently moved into a new home – still at the same address but in a newly built house. With her son they built two adjoining properties , and Elaine now has a much smaller house and garden which is much easier for her to manage, with the added bonus of her son living next door to help if needed. These photo’s are of Elaine’s new back yard, which is much easier for her to manage now.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Regal Pelargonium Black Prince has the darkest flowers and is one that is always asked about when RHS Wisley have their Pelargonium show in May each year. They are always surprised to know that it is an old variety, having been around since 1852. The petals are a very dark maroon with a thin pale edge to them. Dark centre to each petal with dark feathering out to the edge. The plant has a strong and bushy growing habit.
I've just come back from three weeks in Australia visiting family. I had the most marvellous time and my sister Pauline arranged a few visits to other pelly folk in the Adelaide area.
The first visit was to Rodger and Jenny Argent, members of the South Australian Geraniums and Pelargonium Society Inc. in Adelaide, of which I am also a member. Here are a few pictures of their growing houses and their garden.
Monday, 16 September 2013
|'Vectis Finery' - Stellar pelargonium|
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Deacon Birthday was introduced in 1978. It has double orangey pink flowers merging to white and is most attractive.
Monday, 19 August 2013
|Dwarf Pelargonium "Elmsett"|
With autumn fast approaching, and mindful that I am going to be away in France in early September, I am making a start on taking cuttings. In the past I have used either ready purchased cuttings compost, or lately Fertiss Plugs, but I have been introduced to Coir plugs. I have found these to be quite successful and hope to continue using them. They come as compressed plugs and have to be 'awakened' in water. Quite good value at £9.99 for 100 post free.