Monday, 22 August 2016

Ashfield Serenade - and Pelargoniums in Sweden

Zonal pelargonium "Ashfield Serenade"

Raised by Keith Kitson and introduced in the UK in 1975. Dark green leaf, lightly zoned. Compact and dense growth, short jointed.

Earlier this month I went to Sweden to stay with Anne Hammarqvist and to visit her local Society's Annual Flower show and sale.  It was a wonderful experience and Anne and all the members of Malardalens Pelargon Vanner made me so very welcome - I felt as if I had known them always.  Thank you all for your friendship and generosity.  Here a some photos I took of the show.


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"


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.