Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Miniature Pelargonium - "Barking"

"Barking" Miniature zonal pelargonium
No, not mad dogs, nor the London Borough, although this is probably why I bought the plant in the first place. I spotted this at Fir Trees Nursery on a visit a few years ago and bought it on a whim.  I had no idea who the hybridiser was, but I liked the peach pink flowers with the darker centre, which contrasted well against the darker leaves on a miniature zonal plant. The name "Barking" was also  a deciding factor in my purchase, being a London Borough near to where my husband grew up in Barkingside.   As you may remember reading on a previous post, I am a sucker for pelargoniums with names that have some sort of meaning for me, being names of relatives and friends or, as in the case of "Barking" a sort of significant place. 

Pelargonium "Barking" was hybridised by the late Ray Bidwell and introduced in 1981.  Ray Bidwell named many of his introductions after Suffolk villages and "Barking" is one of these.   Actually, when I think of it, Suffolk is one County that I love to visit, so there is another significance for me!

I have to say that I have not been disappointed in this miniature pelargonium. "Barking" flowers almost non-stop, and the single flowers do not shatter easily.  Well worth adding to your collection.


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  2. Looks great! Does it have dark foliage? Have never heard of it before. How clever of you to limit your collection this way. Otherwise you can always find a new one, and a new one, and a new one...

  3. They look Absolutely FAB - Fantastic colour!

  4. Lena - yes it does have very dark foliage. I don't limit my collection to just names - I do keep adding new ones .... and new ones ....
    Can send a rooted cutting in spring if you want one.
    Thanks Ali - I love this colour as well.

  5. I love plants with names that have some sort of meaning to me. I frequently end up with plants I'm not even that fond of just because the name reminds me of something.



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