Monday, 13 September 2010

Rhapsody in Pink

  Rushmoor Rhapsody


This beautiful stellar pelargonium is still in flower in my greenhouse.   Rhushmoor Rhapsody has semi double salmon pink flowers with a slightly darker centre, which is most attractive.  The leaves have a dark zone in mid green leaves, and is a fairly compact dwarf plant.


 Rushmoor Rhapsody was hybridised by Steve Pollard, another of our new hybridisers, and introduced by Gosbrook Pelargoniums in 2008.    http://www.gosbrookpelargoniums.com/     Steve has introduced several new plants over the past few years and I will feature them in future blogs.  Many of his introductions have the pre-fix Rushmoor, all of them are strong growers and worthy of adding to any collection. 

I've been taking more cuttings today, despite saying I wouldn't due to our holiday in France later this month.   The propagator was empty, and I just could not help myself.

I have a question - When is a gooseberry bush not a gooseberry bush?   When it is a gooseberry bush purchased from the £1 store!   I bought two of them earlier this year, one red and one white; I did not want anything special, just a couple of gooseberry bushes to pop in a spare corner of the vegetable garden.  When I got them they had no leaves, just a couple of brown twigs with root balls, but the sleeve definitely stated "Gooseberry plant".  I popped them in the ground and anxiously watched them grow leaves, but I did not think they looked like gooseberry bush leaves, and they developed round buds in mid-for a gooseberry bush at summer, most unusual for that time of year.  The round buds have now opened and I have two beautiful pink hibiscus shrubs.  Not bad for £2, but I think I will get a couple of gooseberry bushes from the garden centre next year!


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