|"Sarah Don" Angel pelargonium|
"Sarah Don" is named for the wife of the well-known and popular TV Presenter of the UK's Gardener's World. It was raised by David Clark when he ran Oakleigh Nurseries, near Winchester, Hampshire. This nursery is now a trees and shrubs nursery. I love the flowers, which look like little faces looking up from the really stunning green and gold variegated foliage.
I've been away from this blog for a bit, but hopefully, I can update the blog a bit more regularly now life is a bit easier.
My pelargoniums have not been neglected, although keeping up with the watering this year has been difficult at times. I've taken a lot of cuttings and I am finding the net pots I wrote about here to be very good.
I've also tried a bit of crossing and have some seeds which I will sow next year. I have also sown seed from this year's bee crosses, and some of the seedlings look quite interesting.
Seedlings just potted on
Seedlings waiting to be potted on
I used to put a small piece of micropore medical tape around the beak of the seedhead. This was to prevent the seed popping and flying away. My friend Anne from Sweden suggested I use small gauze bags to cover the flower head with seeds. These are sold online for wedding/party favours. This is a much more successful method. I can leave the bag over the seeds until they have all popped and then just take the entire stem away and open it up in a secure environment (the kitchen!) where they won't blow away. Using the tape was very fiddly and sometimes it was not easy to get at the seeds.
Gauze bag over seedheads
If you look closely at this you can see the seed has ripened and is safely trapped in the gauze bag.
They don't look too unsightly in the greenhouse - adds interest for visitors!