Monday, 4 February 2019

"Deerwood Darling" - Miniature Zonal Pelargonium




"Deerwood Darling" is a miniature zonal pelargonium with flowers of an unusual shade of pink - a sort of apricot, salmon and pink, depending on the light.   The growth is compact and dense and makes a good show plant as it blooms profusely.  

Hybridised by Faye Brawner and introduced in the USA in 1992.

This is one of my absolute favourite miniature pelargoniums and I last posted this at the end of 2011 -gosh! I didn't realise I had been running this Blog that long.  The photo has disappeared so I thought I would re-post it. 


If anyone has not seen Liga's excellent videos of her visit to Fibrex Nurseries 60th anniversary weekend last year, here are the links to Parts 2 and 3

https://youtu.be/QenmcQ-zK4s

https://youtu.be/juMKvP98D5o

Sunday, 27 January 2019

"Alex Kitson" Dwarf Zonal Pelargonium



Dwarf zonal pelargonium "Alex Kitson"

I think I got this last year at the plant sale held each year at ThePelargonium & Geranium Society Annual General Meeting.  As most of the plants are, it was a good size and soon flowered in my greenhouse.   It very quickly because last year's favourite and I am looking forward to it flowering this year.

Raised by Keith Kitson and introduced c1990, the large flower heads have semi-double flowers of a beautiful soft pink with slightly darker feathering to the centre of the petals.  The plant is short-jointed and compact.

I am not sure that I shared the link to Liga's YouTube video of her visit to Fibrex Nurseries Weekend show last year.     Do take a look.   

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Angel Pelargonium "Billie Barnes"



I have very few Angel Pelargoniums just now, but of the few I do have "Billie Barnes" is one of my favourites.   Raised by Jim Zemcik, USA.    The flowers have three lower petals of white with very pale feathering, and the top petals are a deep pink lightly edged with white.    I find this has a lax growing habit, which makes it ideal for a hanging pot.


The latest magazine, Pelargonium & Geranium News, from The Pelargonium & Geranium Society, has now been published.     This edition features articles by Ursula Key-Davis of Fibrex Nurseries on growing Ivy Leaf Pelargoniums.  Another interesting article by Fibrex Nurseries is about Genetics.  Plus articles about Regal pelargonium hybridist Nicola Stemp, and a member tells us how he grows his pelargoniums 'cold'.