Monday 13 June 2011

Pelargonium "Paul Crampel" famous old variety.

Zonal Pelargonium "Paul Campel"
Tell someone you have a "Red Geranium", and almost always that person will know you mean "Paul Crampel". Even though they may not know the name, it will be referred to as the "one grown outside Buckingham Palace every year".

It is actually a hard to beat pelargonium (I really don't like using the name "Geranium" when referring to Pelargoniums).  "Paul Crampel" is a large and vigorous basic zonal pelargonium with huge umbels of bright scarlet single flowers.   It was introduced in France by Victor Lemoine in 1892/3. 

I have just been given a plant of "Paul Crampel", and it has not yet flowered.  My photo. was taken at Fibrex Nursery, Nr. Stratford upon Avon, home of the National Collection of Pelargoniums.

For several years I have had growing in the conservatory a succulent which hangs down from a pot on a high shelf.  It is Sedum morganianum, or commonly called Burro's tail, or Donkey's tail (much to the amusement of my grandchildren).   It gets a bit scrappy from time to time and last year I re-potted it, or rather I broke good bits off and re-potted those.  It re-roots very easily, and in fact the 'leaves' that fall off will root, but take a while.   This week I noticed that one of the 'tails' had flowers.  In all the years |I have had this plant, this is only the second time I have seen flowers.  Small, but oddly quite beautiful.

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