Tuesday, 23 April 2019
The dark red upper petals and slightly deeper red lower petals of regal pelargonium "Anne Hoystead" look stunning with the sun shining on them. "Anne Hoystead" was raised in Australia in 1982 by the late Des Saddington.
I've been potting on rooted cuttings and taking more cuttings. Time ran out for me at the end of last summer and I didn't cut back as many plants as I should have. So, I am ashamed to say I have a lot, yes a lot, of very leggy plants. So these are the ones I have been taking cuttings from. I might get flowers on them later in the year. I'll let you now.
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
|Gold leaf Stellar pelargonium "Staplers"|
My friend Anne in Sweden gave me this a couple of years ago and it flowered for the first time last year. It really is very attractive. Raised by Brian West, Staplers is across between "Sandown" and "Golden Glitter" and was introduced by Warrenorth Nursery.
I have been busy potting on the cuttings I took late last year and some I took earlier this year. This is the time of year I always feel I should get another greenhouse (I have two). Plants are packed far too closely and I long for warmer days when I can put some of them outside or into one or both of the small plastic greenhouses.
Also, I have been putting edging around one of the vegetable beds. The previous edging rotted away and needed replacing. I find I have far too much soil in these two beds so I have been slowly distributing around the rest of the garden. I am looking forward to growing vegetables this year now that the dreaded Leylandii are gone.
Sunday, 17 March 2019
|"Welling" Scented leaf pelargonium|
A couple of weeks ago I went to Sweden with Ursula Key-Davis, of Fibrex Nurseries and President of The Pelargonium & GeraniumSociety We had been invited by our friend Anne to stay for the weekend and to visit the Sune Trygg nursery. Sune Trygg is a large pelargonium nursery in Sweden and is open early in the year especially for members of the Swedish pelargonium societies and groups. After making our purchases at the nursery, we visited another pelargonium enthusiast who had invited local pelargonium society members for a light lunch. She also had some plants for sale,
Sadly we had to leave early afternoon on the Sunday, but Ursula and I had a wonderful time. All our purchases arrived home in good condition and are now growing away in our greenhouses.
Note: At the present time it is perfectly permissible to freely carry plants between all European borders. However, this is likely to change after the UK leaves the European Union.
|Sales area - just look at all those "Excaliburs" -|
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Angel Pelargonium "Darmsden" raised by Ray Bidwell and introduced before 1983. I don't grow many Angel Pelargoniums and this is one I photographed in the National Collection of Pelargoniums at Fibrex Nurseries.
This last week I have been potting on the cuttings taken at the end of last summer. I guess there is about a 90% success rate, so not bad. I have, though, lost one plant I did not want to lose, but that happens. I also took some cuttings of a few angel pelargoniums and coloured leaf zonals, and they are in the propagator with heat.
I am going to visit a pelargonium nursery in Sweden this weekend. Last time I went I brought back a suitcase full of plants, albeit a small carry-on suitcase I don't anticipate bringing back as many - I really don't have a lot of space in the greenhouse.
I will report on my trip to Sweden next time.
Monday, 4 February 2019
"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
Sunday, 27 January 2019
|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
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'.