Saturday, 16 January 2016

Turkish Delight - Dwarf zonal pelargonium

This was popular when I first started to grow pelargoniums seriously.   "Turkish Delight" has single flowers of bright orange/red .  These contrast well against the gold centred leaves with bright green edge and wide bronze zone.  It is a dwarf and compact growing pelargonium.     

"Turkish Delight" was raised by Ian Gillam in Canada and introduced there in 1984.

The weather here has become rather cold here this last week and I think is set to stay for a few more days yet.  I have had the heaters on in the greenhouses overnight, and also covering the plants with fleece.    I usually take the fleece off every morning, but today I even left it on all day, it has been so cold out.    

Wednesday, 6 January 2016


"Brian West"

The Miniature stellar pelargonium "Brian West" is, sadly, not now readily available.   The flowers are fully double, and a  beautiful shade of pink with white centre.  The leaves are bright green edged in clear cream.   Raised by Andrew Simmons, I’m not sure when it was introduced, but it is in Sulman’s 2009 catalogue.

This has gone onto my Wish List.  I had it several years ago and cannot think why I did not replace it sooner.    I am hoping Fibrex Nursery has it still.

Here is the South East of the UK we have fared far far better than our friends in the north of the country and Scotland.   However, it is not great here.   We have had a lot of rain, and the weather has definitely turned very much colder, although no frosts.  It is just so soggy and muddy and wet underfoot.    Certainly not gardening weather.    I hope the weather improves soon.  I am itching to get on with sorting out the greenhouses and plants.    One spark of brightness, I noticed that the coloured leaf pelargoniums are beginning to colour-up – oh! I do love the coloured leaf pelargoniums in Spring and Autumn when the lower light levels suit them so.

"Ray Bidwell"

"Warrenorth Emerald"

"Our Amy"

"Derek Lee"


Thursday, 31 December 2015


The Pelargonium Register lists this as being a cross between “Mabel Grey” and, presumably, an unknown scented pelargonium.   The flowers are mauve with dark feathering on the top petals.   The serrated leaves of lime green colour have a strong lemon scent.  Introduced in the UK before 1979 by Bowie.

We are still experiencing very mild weather here in the South East of the UK.   It is extremely windy and damp.  We all feel for the folk up in the North of England and Scotland experiencing flood after flood.  I cannot imagine how it must be for them.  I can remember how I felt when we had our own garden floods a couple of years ago – I cannot imagine how it must be for your home to be flooded – not once, but three times.  Oh, I do hope these storms are over soon so they can get back to normal. 

I am keeping a sharp eye out in the greenhouses for aphids, having found clusters of greenfly on the primulas planted in an outside window box.   The botrytus seems to have gone – I am just finding the odd plant with a grey looking leaf – but I am being vigilant in removing all yellowing leaves.  

The greenhouses are very green looking g at this time of year, but there are a few with flowers and I thought you would like to see what is out just now

Caliente Fire - Dwarf zonal pelargonium

Charmay Ward - Stellar pelargonium

Win Ellison - Stellar pelargonium

Charmay Omega - Miniature Stellar pelargonium

Charmay Cocky - Basic Zonal pelargonium
Telstar - Miniature zonal pelargonium

Emmi - Stellar pelargonium


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Henry Jonquet - Dwarf zonal pelargonium

Henry Jonquet - Dwarf zonal pelargonium

Dwarf zonal with red/purple coloured flowers above green leaves with a white margin.   The Pelargonium Register lists this as being introduced in 1900.  So it's a fairly old variety.
There's been a bit of a battle here so far this winter with damp conditions, although it has been so mild I have only had my heaters on overnight twice.  I do have bubble wrap up, but not on the fronts of the greenhouses.  That bit is so easy to put up that I leave it off as long as I can in order to let more light into the greenhouses.  This year is the latest I have ever left it off.
Every day I am out in the greenhouse picking off mouldy leaves and anything that looks as if it is ‘going over’.   I also had a day recently taking off many of the larger leaves in order to maintain more air space around each plant.  
Watering is also being done  far more frequently at this time of year. Usually I find I can get away with ten days or so, even two weeks, but not this year!    I am watering weekly, sometimes twice a week if I spot a very dry looking plant.  I wonder if this is the way things are going to be in future?