Monday, 11 July 2016

Quantock Perfection, the late Ken Dymond and PAGS National Show

Quantock Perfection

Ken Dymond, who sadly passed away last week, raised many pelargoniums.   He was a very experienced hybridiser and was well known for the Quantock series of Angels which he named mainly after family members.  He also introduced the Mendip range of Regals and a few zonals with the prefix Blackdown. 

Ken was also an experienced Pelargonium Judge.  He will be sadly missed by many.

The Pelargonium & Geranium Society held their Eights National Open Show last month at Capel Manor.    All the exhibits were of a very high standard.  The following are just a few of the photographs I took.  
































Monday, 6 June 2016

Ken Lea - Golden Tri-colour Zonal Pelargonium and My Local Show

"Ken Lea" - Tri-coloured zonal pelargonium



This beautiful  golden tri-coloured zonal pelargonium was raised by Andrew Simmons of the UK and released in 2001.  The semi-double flowers of "Ken Lea" are rose pink set against stunning tri-coloured leaves.  Ken Lea himself used to be a prolific hybridiser of pelargoniums and there are many of his raisings in the National Collection at Fibrex Nurseries

 On Saturday I attended the Pelargonium Show of my local Society - Farnborough Fuchsia & Pelargonium Society.   Here are a few photo's of the show.  Sorry about the quality of the photographs - the hall is a bit dark.









Scented Leaf " Fragrant Frosty"


Finally 

My Hosta "Fire Island" got a First in the Any non-flowering plant, not a pelargonium section.
















This cactus exhibited by Peter Mazillius was "Best In show" in the Any Flowering Plant, not a Pelargonium Section.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Swedish Angel - and Fibrex at Chelsea



 
Swedish Angel
Swedish Angel  is a petite and low growing Angel Pelargonium introduced through the Vernon Catalogue in 1988.  The flowers are purple edged and mottled in white.      I think I need to get this back in my collection.   It’s been missing for quite a while now.

Last week I went to Chelsea with my friend Marie.   Here are some photo’s of the Fibrex Gold winning stand.






Saturday, 14 May 2016

Hula –Species derived pelargonium

The International Register of Pelargonioums

"Hula"

TheInternational Register of Pelargoniums describes "Hula" as a Species Derived type pelargonium.    Frances Hartsook created "Hula" in the USA around 1961 by crossing “Old Scarlet Unique” with “Josephine”.   The flowers are a single salmon pink with a dark blotch on the upper petals.  Grow "Hula" in a large pot outside in the summer and she will grow into a compact and shrubby plant and reward you by flowering almost continuously with masses of beautiful flowers.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Zonal Pelargonium "Bold Carnival", new plants and a surprise

"Bold Carnival" - Basic Zonal Pelargonium

Bold Carnival, raised by John Gibbons, UK, is a basic zonal with dark peach double blooms.    John Gibbons is a prolific UK hybridiser and uses the pre-fix 'Bold'.   Fibrex Nurseries have a lot of his varieties in their catalogue.

April has been a month when plants have been arriving through the post and personally delivered. .  Earlier in the year I ordered from both Scented Geraniums of Northern Ireland and Fibrex Nurseries, Nr. Straford-upon-Avon.  Both these nurseries plants arrived in the same week, both well packaged and are now growing well in the greenhouse.  

Another package with a plant inside arrived last week – a complete surprise.   I found a beautifully packaged zonartic from Liga in Ireland.  The plant is not yet named – there is a competition to find it’s name, which is all very exciting.  Thank you so much Liga – I will love it and treasure it. I am looking forward to knowing its name when it is decided.  I’ll keep you posted.   Liga has a blog page which has her wonderful photographs of pelargoniums.   She also runs a dedicated Facebok Group - Pelargoniums. At home and garden, species and varieties - for pelargonium enthusiasts

 
Surprise Zonartic from Liga

Before Liga’s surprise parcel arrived, I had a wonderful afternoon with Anne, a Swedish pelargonium enthusiast who was over here on a visit to stay with her cousin Marika,  also Swedish but living here in the UK.  Anne very kindly brought me two zonartics and a Stellar.  These are Vilda Tilda, Lara Marjorie and Sune Tryg.   Thank you so much Anne.  It was a lovely afternoon chatting’pelargonium’, taking a few cuttings for her to take home.   I will update you on all these new varieties.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

"Sweet Jess" - Rosebud type zonal pelargonium - and coir plugs


The Rosebud type zonal pelargonium “Sweet Jess” is a recent acquisition for me.   Followers of my Blog will know that I have a penchant for buying pelargoniums with names that have some relevance for me.   My second grand daughter is named Jessica – so of course, I had to have this one, apart from the fact it is really beautiful – as is our own Jessica.  

This dwarf zonal pelargonium, “Sweet Jess” was introduced in the UK by Hodgson in 1996.  The rosebud type flowers are a delicate light rose pink and the leaves are a mid  green with a brown blotch.

As promised in my last blog here are some photo’s of the Coir plugs I recently bought on eBay.
I am really pleased with these.  As you will see in the last photograph, they are much smaller than the coir plugs I used previously.  These were open top and bottom, just in a 'sleeve', so if the plugs dried out on a hot day, the coir tended to fall out.   These new Jiffy plugs are folded at one end so the filling does not fall out.   I have yet to find out if the sleeves rot away.

Cuttings above are: P. fulgidum, P. "W.I. Celebration" and P."Redondo".