Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Angel Pelargonium "Billie Barnes"

I have very few Angel Pelargoniums just now, but of the few I do have "Billie Barnes" is one of my favourites.   Raised by Jim Zemcik, USA.    The flowers have three lower petals of white with very pale feathering, and the top petals are a deep pink lightly edged with white.    I find this has a lax growing habit, which makes it ideal for a hanging pot.

The latest magazine, Pelargonium & Geranium News, from The Pelargonium & Geranium Society, has now been published.     This edition features articles by Ursula Key-Davis of Fibrex Nurseries on growing Ivy Leaf Pelargoniums.  Another interesting article by Fibrex Nurseries is about Genetics.  Plus articles about Regal pelargonium hybridist Nicola Stemp, and a member tells us how he grows his pelargoniums 'cold'.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Fairfields - Stellar pelargonium

"Fairfields" Stellar pelargonium
 Introduced in 2007 through Fibrex Nurseries and raised by Brian West, UK. "Fairfields" is a beautiful double stellar pelargonium with pink and white flowers which are speckled with magenta.  The leaves are typically star-shaped with a dark zone.

With best wishes to you all for a very Merry Christmas 
and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful year in 2019.

Friday, 30 November 2018

"Maureen" - Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium

Zonal Pelargonium "Maureen"

I don't have much success with the dwarf zonal pelargonium "Maureen".   But next year I am going to "try harder".    Although I have a note that she is a dwarf type, and she is kept in a 4 1/2" pot, I think she wants to be 'set free' so I will try putting her into a 6" pot.  Hopefully, I will then have more of those stunning flower heads.   I love the fully double salmon pink flowers on this plant, and the leaves with their dark zone around the edges of the leaves. 

This pelargonium is not listed in the International Register of Pelargoniums.   The two that are listed area Regal and a Miniature zonal.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Zonal Pelargonium "Bold Moonlight"

Bold Moonlight
Another zonal pelargonium by John Gibbons - "Bold Moonlight" was introduced in 1996.  The large single flowers are pale pink and the top two petals are white at the centre.  The green leaves have a very light zone.

Zonartics cut back.
I've taken as many cuttings as I can now - I have done the zonartics and scented pelargoniums as well as some of the species, but have now run out of space.    As I took cuttings I cut the plants back.  I also made a start on the stellars but have some to do still as well as the zonals.  Time, and space, has just run out and this is not really a good time of year to take cuttings.  Those I have cut back are growing well. 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium "Bold Magic", and mystery pelargonium named

"Bold Magic"
 Fully double deep salmon flowers make John Gibbons' "Bold Magic" an attractive dwarf zonal pelargonium.  The leaves are dark green with a darker green zone.   This makes a good show plant.

This is my mystery zonal pelargonium.  It is a basic pelargonium with large heads of single dark rosy peach flowers with a central white eye.  I saw this growing in my nephew's garden in Adelaide, Australia, several years ago.  It was growing like a small shrub.  I took a couple of cuttings and brought them home with me.  The plant grows well and it is a vigorous grower.  Each year I grow it in a large planter in the garden.  But I have never known its name. My sister planted it, but she had lost the label and had no idea.  I have asked on one or two Australian Pelargonium Facebook Pages but no one seems to know its name so I just called it "Dales", after my nephew.  There are now several Specialist Australian Pelargonium Facebook pages and a couple of weeks ago I spotted what I was sure was my plant.  I asked my sister what she thought and she confirmed that she thought it could well be the same as my plant as she recognised the name.   So, after investigating a bit further I am now able to put a name to my mystery plant.  She is "Lady of Spain".  This is not a great photo, but I took it to send to compare with the one on Facebook on one of the few showery days we have had this year.  Introduced by Schmidt, USA in 1947.

I see on my last Blog post that I thought life would be a bit easier now, but in fact I've had an unbelievable busy year.  However, fingers crossed, life is slowing down a bit for the time being.  I have been taking cuttings and have sown a few pelargonium seeds.  I'll update you on these in my next post.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

"Bosham" - Regal Pelargonium

There are two Regals named "Bosham"  listed in The Pelargonium Register, both with the same description and introduced in the same year, so I am guessing one and the same.    Raised by Pearce, UK  before1987 and introduced through Sulman's catalogue 1987.   Bluish violet flowers, freely produced,  with blotches and feathers on top petals.  Compact and free branching.

Perhaps if there are, in fact, two Regal pelargoniums named "Bosham", someone will enlighten me?

It has been a busy summer for me.  The Village Garden Club annual show kept me busy for several weeks.  But it was my last one as Show Secretary, so life will be a bit easier from now on.