|Zonal Pelargonium Ashfield Serenade|
Perfectly formed flower head with single pale lavender pink flowers, Ashfield Serenade was introduced by Kitson in the UK in 1975. It has dark green leaves with a light zone. It has a compact and dense growth habit and is short jointed.
Ashfield Serenade is a tretraploid - tetraploid means the plant has four times the number of chromosomes than a diploid. Each member of the pelargonium family has a different number of chromosomes either diplopid or tetraploid, and therefore they will not ‘cross’. A good guide is that diploid zonals have a smooth and glossy appearance to their leaves, and tertraploid zonals have a furry feel and appearance.
I spotted a bargain Poundland last week which I just could not resist- a new hardback book on Heuchera, Tiarella and Heucherella by Charles and Martha Oliver. It was published in 2006, so not a very old book. It gives practical advice on growing these plants, and also includes the lesser known tellima and mitella. Detailed information on all the garden-worthy cultivars, where each will grow best in the garden, cultivation, care and propagation is included. There are some beautiful photographs. Well worth £1.00.