Sunday, 17 March 2019

Scented Pelargonium "Welling" and trip to Sweden

"Welling" Scented leaf pelargonium
I grow "Welling" in a large pot outside in the summer.   As she grows quite large she is ideally suited to this with her large cerise-pink flowers with dark feathering on the upper petals.  The leaves have a dark blotch and have an unusual scent which is not unpleasant.     Raised in the UK by Mrs Popperwell.

A couple of weeks ago I went to Sweden with Ursula Key-Davis, of  Fibrex Nurseries and President of The Pelargonium & GeraniumSociety    We had been invited by our friend Anne to stay for the weekend and to visit the Sune Trygg nursery.   Sune Trygg is a large pelargonium nursery in Sweden and is open early in the year especially for members of the Swedish pelargonium societies and groups.   After making our purchases at the nursery, we visited another pelargonium enthusiast who had invited local pelargonium society members for a light lunch.  She also had some plants for sale,

Sadly we had to leave early afternoon on the Sunday, but Ursula and I had a wonderful time.  All our purchases arrived home in good condition and are now growing away in our greenhouses.

Note:  At the present time it is perfectly permissible to freely carry plants between all European borders.  However, this is likely to change after the UK leaves the European Union. 


Sales area - just look at all those "Excaliburs" - 

Sales area





Growing area

First Love
 
Growing area

Growing area

Growing area


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Angel Pelargonium "Darmsden"



Angel Pelargonium "Darmsden" raised by Ray Bidwell and introduced before 1983.  I don't grow many Angel Pelargoniums and this is one I photographed in the National Collection of Pelargoniums at Fibrex Nurseries.


This last week I have been potting on the cuttings taken at the end of last summer.  I guess there is about a 90% success rate, so not bad.  I have, though, lost one plant I did not want to lose, but that happens.  I also took some cuttings of a few angel pelargoniums and coloured leaf zonals, and they are in the propagator with heat.

I am going to visit a pelargonium nursery in Sweden this weekend.   Last time I went I brought back a suitcase full of plants, albeit a small carry-on suitcase    I don't anticipate bringing back as many - I really don't have a lot of space in the greenhouse.

I will report on my trip to Sweden next time.


Monday, 4 February 2019

"Deerwood Darling" - Miniature Zonal Pelargonium




"Deerwood Darling" is a miniature zonal pelargonium with flowers of an unusual shade of pink - a sort of apricot, salmon and pink, depending on the light.   The growth is compact and dense and makes a good show plant as it blooms profusely.  

Hybridised by Faye Brawner and introduced in the USA in 1992.

This is one of my absolute favourite miniature pelargoniums and I last posted this at the end of 2011 -gosh! I didn't realise I had been running this Blog that long.  The photo has disappeared so I thought I would re-post it. 


If anyone has not seen Liga's excellent videos of her visit to Fibrex Nurseries 60th anniversary weekend last year, here are the links to Parts 2 and 3

https://youtu.be/QenmcQ-zK4s

https://youtu.be/juMKvP98D5o

Sunday, 27 January 2019

"Alex Kitson" Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium



Dwarf zonal pelargonium "Alex Kitson"

I think I got this last year at the plant sale held each year at ThePelargonium & Geranium Society Annual General Meeting.  As most of the plants are, it was a good size and soon flowered in my greenhouse.   It very quickly because last year's favourite and I am looking forward to it flowering this year.

Raised by Keith Kitson and introduced c1990, the large flower heads have semi-double flowers of a beautiful soft pink with slightly darker feathering to the centre of the petals.  The plant is short-jointed and compact.

I am not sure that I shared the link to Liga's YouTube video of her visit to Fibrex Nurseries Weekend show last year.     Do take a look.   

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.