Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Monday, 24 February 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Monday, 17 February 2014
|Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium "Mary Spink"|
With light gold foliage and double salmon flower heads, the dwarf zonal pelargonium “Mary Spink” makes a stunning plant. Pelargonium “Mary Spink” was introduced about 1992, and named after owner of Swanland Nursery, a well known pelargonium nursery here in the UK.
Mary was also the last President of the former British and European Geranium Society, now merged with The British Pelargonium and Geranium Society to become ThePelargonium and Geranium Society.
I last wrote about the South Australian Geranium and Pelargonium Society Inc Annual Show. At the Show each year they also hold a huge sale of pelargoniums which is very popular with local gardeners. I had a wonderful three days helping to set up the show and the sale and selling plants. Here are just a few views of the sale.
|Before the doors opened|
Which to choose?
|Paying for their plants|
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Saturday, 1 February 2014
|Miniature Stellar Pelargonium "Cowes"|
Another of Brian West’s raisings named after a place on the Isle of Wight, where he was from. Pelargonium "Cowes" is a miniature stellar pelargonium. The semi double flowers are palest pink with darker shading which contrast well against the dark green star shaped leaves. Pelargonium "Cowes" is a cross between ‘Bresh’ and ‘Chelsea Star’.
On my visit to Australia last year to visit my family, one of the last highlights was helping at the South Australian Geranium & Pelargonium Society Annual Show. The show is held over a weekend, so Friday afternoon the halls are set up ready for members of the public on Saturday and Sunday.
The Society, like many others, is losing members, so this year they show took a different form. Members of the Society were asked to bring along a plant, or plants, in pots or hanging baskets, to display around the hall and in the middle. Single blooms were also displayed. Marj. Edwards, a well known Australian hybridiser, was asked to judge the entries and I was honoured in that she asked me to help her. She had made her selection, so I went around with her and made my own selection. Amazingly we chose the same two plants and it was just a question then of choosing the best one. Regal Pelargonium ‘Rembrandt’ won, and sadly I did not take a photo of it, or the grower.