Monday 13 February 2017

"Gemston" - Angel Pelargonium and some free cuttings

"Gemston" Angel Pelargonium

Gemston, Angel Pelargonium.  I have no other information other than it was first mentioned in the 1992 Year Book of The British and European Geranium Society.  It must also be in the National Collection of Pelargoniums at Fibrex Nursery where this picture was taken.   Gemston has magenta pink flowers, top petals slightly darker and with white centre and feathering.    As with many of the Angel Pelargonium, the foliage is scented.

Steve Pollard gave a talk at  the Farnborough Fuchsia & Pelargonium Group that we both belong to – Steve is Chairman of the Society, and also of the Pelargonium & Geranium Society.    He told the members what we should be doing with our club cuttings at this time of year to be ready for the Annual Pelargonium Show in June.    He also brought along several of his plants that needed cutting back.  He did say this should have been done at the end of last summer but, as happens to all of us from time to time, he had not been able to get round to all of his plants. It is not too late to do this job, so luckily for us, he showed us how to take cuttings and many of us came away with cutting material for some new plants.   Thank you Steve.


Friday 3 February 2017

Miniature Zonal Pelargonium "Gosbrook Clifford Taylor"

"Gosbrook Clifford Taylor" Miniature zonal pelargonium
Raised by David Taylor, "Gosbrook Clifford Taylor" was introduced through his nursery in 2010.   This is a miniature zonal pelargonium with dark green leaves which have a small bronze zone.  The plant flowers profusely with pale pink double blooms.  Sady Gosbroojk Nursery closed down in 2014, but the plant can be obtained through Fibrex Nurseries UK

This past week has been considerably milder than the first three weeks of the year.   I have not had the heating on at nights recently, but have covered over the plants with fleece as a precaution.   Fleece is taken off during the day to let more light to the plants as I still have bubble wrap up.

On a sad note, the cuttings I took earlier this year and which have been in my small heated propagator have not rooted.  Carefully lifting them from the compost I can see they have rotted at the ends.   This is very odd because the cuttings are still growing.  New growth shoots and new leaves are being produced.  It is very odd.   Maybe it is because he light levels have been very low so far this year . So next week I will be taking a few more cuttings and hope to have better luck with them.