Saturday, 28 April 2018

Miniature Zonal Pelargonium "Jinky" and sowing seeds of P. littorale

I got this miniature zonal pelargonium "Jinky" in Sweden when I visited the Sune Trygg nursery.   I had not seen this before and it was not in flower so I was delighted when it finally opened its flowers.  Semi-double flowers of palest peach pink fading to almost white edges.  The leaves are green with no zone.   Looking this up on the  The Pelargnium Register I see it was raised by the late Brian West, Isle of Wight, UK.  He used the Dwarf Pelargonium Morval and one I don't know, Holly West, and released it through Denmead Nursery, which no longer exists. 

At the end of last summer I visited Fibrex Nurseries and asked if they had the small flowered form of the species P. Australe.  They didn't, but they did have seed of P. litorale - it's proper name.  I sowed these several weeks ago and look, they have germinated.   This picture was taken a few days ago, and I have since potted them singly and they are much bigger now.    I'll keep you updated on their progress.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

"Gosport" - Gold leaf pelargonium and sowing seeds

"Gosport" is another beautiful pelargonium raised by the late Brian West from the Isle of Wight, UK.  This is a dwarf gold leaf pelargonium, the leaves having a light bronze zone.  The flowers are single, white and speckled and splashed with red.

A month ago I decided to sow some of my collected pelargonium seeds.   Most of them have germinated, and one even has the true leaves showing.  I started the seeds off on damp paper towels placed inside Petri dishes having first sliced a minute piece from the bottom edge of each seed.   Most were germinated in four days, but as you will see from the photograph, there are three that have yet to start growing.  I will give those a few more days and see what happens.   After I could see the seed had a root I gently placed each one into a small coir plug.  These are kept in my small heated propagator, which I keep in the conservatory.  I will keep you updated on their progress.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Pelargonium longicaule - species pelargonium

P. longicaule
A friend in South Africa kindly sent me some seed of Pelargonium longicaule that grows in her garden.  She had seen my reference on one of the Facebook pages to P. trifidum that I grow in a hanging pot and said that P. longicaule also grows well in a hanging pot.  You can see my 2010 blog about P. trifidum here

The seeds arrived with me in about June or July last year and I sowed them immediately.  Only one germinated and this was quickly grown on and is now a fairly large and sprawling plant.   I was delighted to spot a flower on my plant this morning.

Diana Miller, in her book Pelargoniums, says that the first reference to this plant is in 1767 when it was described as a form of P.myrrhifolium but there has been much confusion about the nomenclature of this section.  Found growing in mountainous regions of south-western Cape Province, P. longicaule is a low growing and spreading plant with white to pale pink flowers, often tinged yellow in bud.

I am looking forward to growing this in a hanging pot this year.

Friday, 2 March 2018

"Charmay Snowflurry" - Scented Leaf Pelargonium and some views of RHS Garden, Wisley

With the entire UK grasped in the grips of both “The Beast from the East (Siberia) and Storm Emma (from Iberia), the scented leaf pelargoniums are a delightful reminder of summer to come.   “Charmay Snowflurry”, despite its name, does remind me of summer - the lavender flowers sit well against the pale green and white blotched leaves, which have a lemon-rose scent.       “Charmay Snowflurry” was raised by Ken Attfield, Australia.

Leaves of Charmay Snowflurry

I have made several visits to RHS Garden, Wisley recently.  Here are some of the photographs I took

The following two pictures are part of the lights display that RHS Wisley put on before Christmas.  They were just setting it up when I was there.

More photo's of my visits to RHS Garden, Wisley can be seen on my other blog - Camera Capers

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Zonartic Pelargonium "Lara Genie" and butterflies down under

"Lara Genie" - zonartic pelargonium

Another beauty from the late Cliff Blackman - softest pale pink double flowers.

I visited a butterfly farm on my trip to Australia last October.  Here are some of the butterflies I saw and managed to photograph.

You can see more photographs of my trip to Australia in October on my Blog "Camera Capers".

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Dwarf Pelargonium "Grainger's Aralia" and a new Pelargonium website

"Grainger's Aralia"

This is one of my favourite zonal pelargoniums.  Not often seen, Grainger's Aralia has soft peach coloured semi-double flowers.  The leaves are gold with a brown zone.   Raised in Canada by Will Grainger and named for his daughter.

I received an email the other day from Donn Reiners inviting me to take a look at his new website -   Do take a look, it is the most comprehensive site on pelargoniums I have come across.  All aspects of growing our favourite plants are covered, from potting soils, taking cuttings, growing from seed to shaping for the best effect.    As usual, Donn's photographs in the Photo Library are just beautiful, and there are lots of them, from species to my favourite zonals.  Do take a look: -