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'.