Monday, 13 February 2017

"Gemston" - Angel Pelargonium and some free cuttings

"Gemston" Angel Pelargonium

Gemston, Angel Pelargonium.  I have no other information other than it was first mentioned in the 1992 Year Book of The British and European Geranium Society.  It must also be in the National Collection of Pelargoniums at Fibrex Nursery where this picture was taken.   Gemston has magenta pink flowers, top petals slightly darker and with white centre and feathering.    As with many of the Angel Pelargonium, the foliage is scented.

Steve Pollard gave a talk at  the Farnborough Fuchsia & Pelargonium Group that we both belong to – Steve is Chairman of the Society, and also of the Pelargonium & Geranium Society.    He told the members what we should be doing with our club cuttings at this time of year to be ready for the Annual Pelargonium Show in June.    He also brought along several of his plants that needed cutting back.  He did say this should have been done at the end of last summer but, as happens to all of us from time to time, he had not been able to get round to all of his plants. It is not too late to do this job, so luckily for us, he showed us how to take cuttings and many of us came away with cutting material for some new plants.   Thank you Steve.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Miniature Zonal Pelargonium "Gosbrook Clifford Taylor"

"Gosbrook Clifford Taylor" Miniature zonal pelargonium
Raised by David Taylor, "Gosbrook Clifford Taylor" was introduced through his nursery in 2010.   This is a miniature zonal pelargonium with dark green leaves which have a small bronze zone.  The plant flowers profusely with pale pink double blooms.  Sady Gosbroojk Nursery closed down in 2014, but the plant can be obtained through Fibrex Nurseries UK

This past week has been considerably milder than the first three weeks of the year.   I have not had the heating on at nights recently, but have covered over the plants with fleece as a precaution.   Fleece is taken off during the day to let more light to the plants as I still have bubble wrap up.

On a sad note, the cuttings I took earlier this year and which have been in my small heated propagator have not rooted.  Carefully lifting them from the compost I can see they have rotted at the ends.   This is very odd because the cuttings are still growing.  New growth shoots and new leaves are being produced.  It is very odd.   Maybe it is because he light levels have been very low so far this year . So next week I will be taking a few more cuttings and hope to have better luck with them.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Gosbrook Gillan Martin - miniature zonal pelargonium

Gosbrook Gillian Martin =- miniature zonal pelargonium
Miniature zonal pelargonium raised by David Taylor and released in 2010.  Deep lavender pink double flowers.   A strong growing miniature  with green leaves that have a thin bronze zone.   This was named for David’s mother in-law, Gillian Martin.  David says this would make a good show plant.

There is not a lot to do in the greenhouses just now.  The weather has been bitterly cold for the past week with 24 hours frosts.  The garden is beginning to look as if it has had a sprinkling of snow.    The plants are covered over with fleece in one greenhouse which seems to be in a colder part of the garden.   Heaters are on late afternoon or early evening.   I am keeping the plants very dry just now, even the potted on cuttings.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Zonal Pelargonium "Dream"

"Dream" zonal pelargonium
This beautiful zonal pelargonium was first listed in the Australian Gardening Magazine "Australian Garden Lover" Vol. 36 in 1958.  The flowers are single and a delicate white flushed with pale pink. The leaves are mid green with no zone.

I am still lighting heaters most nights, and covering plans over with fleece.  

This is a perfect time to browse the specialist nursery catalogues.   Many of them have good websites and are easy to navigate and order from. I have a list of the current ones which do mail order on one of the pages above.  

Saturday, 7 January 2017

"Bembridge" - Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium

The dwarf zonal pelargonium "Bembridge", has pretty soft pink double flowers above zoned gold foliage.   It has a spreading growth habit.   Raised by the late Brian West (IoW, UK) and introduced before 1991.   

Bembridge is a small village on the Isle of Wight.  Brian often used the names of local villages for his raisings.

It's a fairly quiet time in the greenhouses now.  We have had some heavy frosts and I have had heaters on over night and a couple of nights also covered the plants with fleece for extra protection.

January is a good time to sow pelargonium seeds to give the plants a chance of flowering this year.

                                                                                                                     Gwen Ward

Friday, 16 December 2016

Angel Pelargonium "Gabriel"

.I had no information about this pelargonium - except it was first listed in the UK in Sulman's Catalogue in 2002.  But Maria in California reminded me it was raised by Jay Kapac in the USA and is one of the archangel series of Angel Pelargoniums.  The others are Michael and Raphael.  Raphael is no longer available in the USA.  It might be still available here in the UK .  Many thanks Maria for this information.  

"Gabriel" is a very pretty Angel Pelargonium which I have grown in the past.  It has small bright cerise flowers with a paler centre. It tends to be rather sprawly so looks good in a hanging pot with lots of pinching out.

It's a quiet time of year in the greenhouses, apart from removing yellowing leaves and any flowers that appear.   I have also been checking over the cuttings I potted up a couple of months ago.   Watering is kept to the very minimum.   The angels I find do need more watering than the zonals, species and scenteds.  When I find I do need to water then I water into the pot rather than the top of the pot and try to avoid splashing water on any leaves.   It can be a slow job.

Happy Christmas to all my followers.