Thursday 26 July 2012

Mont Blanc - Silver bi-colour zonal Pelargonium and pelargoniums in South Korea

This is a very cool looking Pelargonium - it certainly lives up to its namesake in the Alps.

Mont Blanc is a silver leaf bi-colour zonal Pelargonium with white single flowers.  Alan Shellard introduced this in 1981.  Not a stunning show off type of Pelargonium - but if you do go into your greenhouse or conservatory at night you will see that it sort of shines - like a lot of white flowered plants.

For the past year I have been in correspondence with Mr Yong-Man Lee who lives in South Korea.  Mr Lee loves to grow pelargoniums, but does have difficulty getting the wonderful named varieties that we have here.  However, he does grow some lovely plants and he recently sent me some photo's that, with his permission, I share with you here.

Thursday 19 July 2012

Occold Shield - A Cascade pelargonium & a visit to Wisley

P. Occold Shield
One of the brightest pelargoniums in my conservatory just now is Occold Shield, a dwarf plant with bright orange/red semi double flowers and bright gold leaves that have a large dark brown blotch.   A cascade. or P. fruitetorum type zonal pelargonium, Occold Shield is one of a series of zonal pelargopniums with the pre-fix 'Occold' hybridised by the late Rev. Canon Stringer.  Occold Shield was introduced in 1984.

Occold Shield leaves
Cascade pelargoniums are hybridised from the species P. fruitetorum, hence Fruitetorum type.  P. fruitetorum  is found in several places in South Africa and was introduced into Britain in 1932.  It has slender stems and a sprawling scrambling habit.   Other Cascade, or Fruitetorum types are Medallion, Honeywood Suzanne, Charmay Hampshire, Hilbre Island, Sorcery.

At the end of last month I visited R.H.S. Wisley Gardens and was delighted to find their pelargonium display in the glasshouse. 

Friday 6 July 2012

The National Pelargonium Show 16th June 2012

Above is a photo of the childrens Section up to 7 years of age.
All were give a cutting of  PAC Octavia Hill to grow on.
This is the second prize winner - well done!

Ivy Leaf  "The Crocodile"

Angel Pelargonium Quantock Clare

Regal Fringed Aztex

Regal - Elaine

Regal - Kimono

Species Pelargonium P. cuculatum

Species Pelargonioum -  P endlicherianum

Leaves of Species Pelargonioum -  P endlicherianum
Species Pelargonium - P. tongaence

Basic zonal Pelargonioum - Tinkers Harmony