Pelargonium echinatum was first collected by Francis Masson for Kew Gardens in 1789. Known as "the sweatheart pelargonium", because of the heart shaped red blotches on the upper petals, Pelargonium echinatum is a native of the north western regions of Cape Province. It is an erect shrub-like succulent plant with thick thorny stems. In America it is also known as The Cactus Geranium. Echinatus or echinate from Latin meaning armed with prickles or spines. I love this plant when it is in flower - the flowers just seem to shine out so brightly - beautiful.
Having just got over a very heavy cold it was so nice to be able to get out into the garden this afternoon. The sun was shining and I have cut back the clematis and given them a feed of blood fish and bone.
A sure sign spring is on the way - it was good to spot these in flower. I also spotted Cyclamen coum and a Pulmonaria in flower, but the sun had gone in so too dark to take a photograph.
|Snowdrops - opened at last|
|Primrose - just opening|
|Pansies in the window box|
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