Sunday, 27 November 2016
Raised by the late Brian West and introduced in the UK through Sulman's Nursery. Antonnia Scammell has double bright pink flowers with a white eye. A cross between Pebbles and Emma Game. My photo was taken at Fibrex Nurseries, home of the National Collection of Pelargoniums
The weather here in the UK has, up to now, been very mild for the time of year. We have had some wet spells, but mostly it has been very dry. We are due to have some hard frosts this week so I must put the bubblewrap up on the fronts of the greenhouses - I leave this off until we get very cold weather to let more light in. The fronts face south, so not so critical they have bubblewrap, but I do put it up when it turns really cold. The main part of the greenhouses were bubblewrapped several weeks ago. I also need to check the heaters - should really have done this before now.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
|"Floral Cascade" - zonal pelargonium|
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Syn. Golden Brilliantissimum. Golden tricolour. Similar to Contrast, but base colour more yellow. Small scarlet flowers. Introduced in 1873 by Gibson and Park simultaneously.
I was given this plant a couple of years ago and I can never tire of it. The leaves are so bright. Like all the tri-coloured leaf pelargoniums, It is a slow grower, but worth growing.
I have been taking advantage of the mild weather to take more cuttings, which seem to be rooting fairly quickly. I do have them in the heated propagator in the conservatory. Those that have rooted are now potted up. I will leave them in their 7cm square pots until spring when they will go into appropriate size pots.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
|Zonal Pelargonium "Skies of Italy"|
Now that autumn has arrived here in the UK I have been busy getting the greenhouses ready for winter. All of the outside pelargoniums are now cut back, checked over for slugs and other nasties, and moved under the benches. The bubble wrap is up, apart from the fronts which I leave until we get notice of a severe cold spell. The fronts of each greenhouse faces south west and does not get the cold northerly winds. I prefer to leave them un-bubblewrapped to let in as much light as I can. So far, although we have had some cold northerly winds, it has been mild, so I have not needed to have heaters on.
Friday, 16 September 2016
|Basic zonal "Black Jubilee"|
I used to grow this variety in a large tube in the garden, where it always looked stunning, but I have not seen it for many years. I was delighted to be given an unrooted cutting of it recently. I am anxiously hovering over it to check for roots. I’ll keep you updated on its progress
Monday, 5 September 2016
In the 1960's, the American hybridiser, Frances Hartsook bred a number of Uniques that would be able to cope with the heat of a desert area of Mexico, where she was living at the time. She used various regals and Old Scarlet Unique in her crosses. Sadly Miss Hartsook seems to have lost her original records with the parentage of her Uniques.
Last weekend, on the way home from a short stay in Lincoln, I visited The Herb Nursery, a small nursery in Rutland. They have a collection of pelargoniums, as well as herbs and many other garden shrubs and perennials. Naturally, the pelargoniums where what I went to see. I was not disappointed and I can highly recommend this small neat and charming nursery. All the plants were well grown and all looked very healthy. Rollison's Unique was one of the plants I came home with, as well as three others. Originally introduced in the UK c.1880 and supposedly registered in 1835.