|Miniature zonal pelargonium "Marmalade"|
This delightful miniature zonal pelargonium was introduced in the USA by Frances Hartsook in 1960. The plant is aptly named “Marmalade” and has double orange coloured flowers. The leaves are a very dark green with a darker zone which set of the colour of the flowers perfectly.
I have to admit, that my choice of plant this week was governed by the name. Seville oranges are available right now – for just about two weeks, so I must make sure I pick some up at the market on Friday to make marmalade for this year.
The flooding I had in one of my greenhouses has now subsided, thank goodness. If the rain had continued for much longer I was going to remove all the plants from that greenhouse into the other one which is situated in a slightly higher and drier part of the greenhouse. I had to do this a couple of years ago. At times I find the distance between the two greenhouses a bit of a bind – carrying trays backwards and forwards with cuttings and such. Like everyone else, I am hoping that the rain does not return. I can cope with cold, but not wet.
I took advantage of a couple of dry afternoons this week to take a few cuttings – they should be OK in my small propagators’ which are in the conservatory. I can keep a close eye on them there, and one of them has a small light fixture over it which helps at this time of year.