Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015
The Pelargonium "Ashby" is a stunning plant. Large magenta flowers with a dark blotch on the upper petals and scented leaves."Ashby" was hybridised by Mrs Popperwell before 2000 and is listed in the Pelargonium Register as a hybrid species. However, several years ago the Pelargonium Judges deemed this to be a Scented, and if shown in any other class to be given NAS (Not as Schedule). The leaves do have a scent - the Register says 'sweet', but I think it is more like cedar. Grown well, this makes a beautiful and large plant in a garden container. There was a very good example by Steve Pollard of how well this can be grown in the Farnborough Show last Saturday - see picture below.
So, how did my Club cuttings fare at the show? Sadly, for me, I only got a third for one of the plants, despite both of my plants have many more flowers than the other plants in the club cuttings class. The plant, as I am sure you will have guessed, is Pelargonium grandiflorum - a species. As such it was judged on quality of the plant, and not the flowers. I have to admit, I was rather disappointed, but not much I can do about Judging Rules.
The Show was not as well supported as last year, but nevertheless, there was a good display of plants. I did not do too well in other classes. I got two Firsts and a Second for pelargoniums - but they were the only specimens in those classes. I did get a First and a Third for my photographs which I was pleased about.
|"Ashby" grown by Steve Pollard and shown in the Scented Leaf class.|
|Yes - there were some daffodils shown in the class for any flowering plant, not a pelargonium. Amazing for June|
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Friday, 5 June 2015
|Crocoday - Ivy leaf pelargonium|
On checking the Pelargonium Register I see that, although it is listed, there is no description. It does say it was introduced in the UK before 1988 by 'Day'.
As you will see, the flowers are a beautifully bright lilac colour with splash of white in the centre of the petals. The leaves are bright green with light veining. I have the plant in a 41/2" pot and it has been flowering profusely for the past month (Note to Self: Pot up soon into 5" pot"). Sadly I dropped the pot (as one does from time to time!) and broke off two stems. This has, however, offered the opportunity for two cuttings which are looking good so far.
The Farnborough Fuchsia & Pelargonium Society Club Cuttings which I have been growing on since I got them last February, have put on a huge growth spurt. They are flowering really well and I am sure you can now see what plant they are. Officially we are not told the name until after the show. It always amazes me at the difference there is in all the plants. We are all given a cutting of the same plant taken at the same time. I am just hoping the flowers stay on until the Show, which is on Saturday 6th June. If you are in the area, do pop along and see us.