Monday, 2 October 2017

Gold leaf dwarf zonal pelargonium "Mimi"

Dwarf gold leaf zonal pelargonium "Mimi"
I came across this plant last year at The Pelargonium & Geranium Society's AGM where we have a small sale of plants/cuttings donated by members to help boost our funds.  This one immediately caught my eye because of the gold leaves and, as it was a cutting and not in flower,I had no idea what the flowers looked like.  I was thrilled when it did flower to find they were the most delightful shade of pink.

"Mimi" was raised by Sam Peat before 1984.   It has double powder pink flowers that have a paler pink reverse to the petals, all set against gold leaves.

I've been busy in the greenhouses and garden for the past six weeks or so.  The bubblewrap is up and I have cut most of my pelargoniums right back.   Cuttings have been taken and many of them potted up.  I am hoping to finish potting up those last remaining few before the end of the week.  The reason for all this activity?  I am off to Australia shortly to visit my family there.   When I am there I will be helping with the South Australia Geranium & Pelargonium Society Inc Annual Show and plant sale.  This is a two day event and very popular.   The plant sale is Huge.  I will post pictures of the show and sale next month.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Dwarf Tri-colour pelargonium "Jip's Timmy" and Kew Gardens

"Jip's Timmy"
The Dwarf Tri-colour zonal pelargonium, "Jip's Timmy" is a firm favourite of mine.   The double pale pink flowers go well with the tri-coloured leaves - something I find is not always the case with tri-coloured leaf zonals.    Pelargoniums with the pre-fix "Jip's" are raised by Tony Burgess, UK.  He told me 'Jip' was the name of a favourite family dog.

I went to Kew Gardens this week with the Village Garden Club.   It is several years since I was there last.    Sadly we did not have good weather for our trip. Fortunately it was dry most of the day, but it was very dull and overcast.    I opted to go on the walking tour with a Guide and we were in a group of 12.   Unfortunately we found it difficult to hear the Guide, partly because of the noise from the aeroplanes overhead (Kew is under the flight path from Heathrow Airport), but also the lady had a very quiet voice.   Having said that, we did find it mostly informative. She pointed out some of the original plants in the famous Palm House and then several trees around the grounds.   For the afternoon, we were free to go where we wanted and my friend and I opted for the Princess Of Wales glasshouse - well my choice really as I love the plants growing in this temperate glass house. Orchids, lots of orchids, ferns and other tropical plants.  Cacti and succulents and, of course, several pelargoniums.   We then went to the Alpine House, and then on to the Bonsai   - Marie's choice.   I discovered a part of Kew I had not visited before - the small Bonsai section, two vegetable gardens (the students and Kew's), flowers beds and a huge rockery area.  It had started to rain by this time and, as it was not long before we had to board our coach for home, we decided it was time for a cup of tea and a cake.

The Palm House

View from the side of the Palm House towards the River Thames and Sion House

I did wonder who was buried under this tree in the Palm House!

End of the Palm House

The Hive

The Princes of Wales Glasshouse

I bet this looks a picture at Christmas - it was about 3 feet wide

P. lanceolatum

P. carnosum

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One end of the Alpine House

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium "Natalie" and Fibrex Nursery at Hampton Court Flower Show

I love the delicate colour of Natalie.   A dwarf zonal pelargonium and introduced through Sulman's nursery in 2000.   The flowers are the palest apricot colour and edged with white.

Hampton Court Flower show 2017 was not the best I am sorry to say.  The Flower Marquee was up to its usual high standard, but the rest of the show was rather poor.  The Show Gardens were dotted about all over the place, the Rose Marquee and Foral Display marquees were half the size they have been in the past.  There seems to me there were a lot more food stands than usual - at least three areas seemed to be dedicated to food.   Even the Home and Garden marquee was smaller than usual, and the food section was much smaller.  I think this was possibly because there was, apparently, a marquee dedicated to food, but we did not find it.  The signage seemed to be severely lacking and we did not find anywhere to purchase a Guide, apart from, as the loudspeakers told us several times, we could have got one as we came in.  I think it would have been a good idea to have other places selling them.   All that apart, Sue and I enjoyed our day.   I met up with friends from Sweden and a friend from Cornwall and pelargonium cuttings were exchanged.  Sue and I did buy plants for our gardens - I got a blue salvia, an agapanthus and a red and yellow achillea.  Also, some Martagon Lily seeds, which I now find will take five years at least to flower - oh well!    Would I go again - you bet!

Here are a few photo's of Fibrex Nursery's Gold Medal stand:

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Warrenorth Emerald - tri-coloured leaf zonal & Crawley Pelargonium Show

"Warrenorth Emerald"
This one of my favourite tri-coloured leaf zonal pelargonium.  I usually grow it in a pot by my front door each summer.  The front door is in shade for most of the day, apart from very early morning (before I am up!) and the situation seems to suit this plant well.  The leaves shine and I also get flowers.  Warrenorth Emerals was raised by Andrew Simmons and released through the Warrenorth Nursery.  I don't know the year, but this was one of a series that Andrew released all named for gems.

I drove over to Crawley a couple of Saturdays ago to see the Crawley Horticultural Society Show.  This is their summer show and incorporates the Pelargonium Show.   I was very impressed at the size of the pelargonium section and the standard of the plants.   A show I will definitely go back to.

The Club Cutting - this was Bembridge