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Pelargoniums

Janey

By Janey

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This morning I noticed my favourite Pelargonium…which is a trailing type with wonderful cerise pink double blooms, had succumbed to the low temperatures, so this Spring I’ve decided to choose a whole new selection for my tubs and troughs. Here are a few unusual types that have either very attractive foliage or flowers and some that have aromatic foliage…….a little bit different to the usual showy summer types………….

Not sure of all their names, but I thought all these were worth having a look at…:o)

Pelargonium “Voodoo”
A wonderful deep plum red with dark maroon centre, quite magical..:o)

Pelargonium graveolens – Rose scented geranium
Heavily scented foliage with fairy-like flowers as a bonus.

Pelargonium quercifoleum – Oak leafed geranium
Heavily aromatic foliage with a silver margin

Beautiful cerise flowers of a trailing type

Look at the leaf markings on this one….just beautiful!

Pelargonium Apple Blossom
Very delicate creamy white double flowers with just a hint of pink.

Miniature flowers on this dwarf variety

Regal Pelargonium
Wonderful royal shades in this beauty

The leaves on this one are very showy, the pale pink of the flowers complementing instead of competing with them.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this small selection in the incredible range of Pelargoniums…:o)

Just added this one….a fancy leafed variety called Crocodile, I love it!

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Very nice selection Jane, I'm not a pelargonium lover, but these are a bit different and very attractive. really like the 'Voodoo'...very seductive :0)

2 Jan, 2010

 

Thank you Blue......:o)

2 Jan, 2010

 

These are well worth having just for their foliage Janey, a very good selection. I take it you are in forward planning mode already, lol...

2 Jan, 2010

 

Yep...trying to be Lincslass...it's the only thing that keeps me sane...Lol! Sealed in the greenhouse....mug of coffee, radio on ahhhhh....pure heaven...lol! More snow tonight, have you some too?

2 Jan, 2010

 

I love them all Janey,they are a good low maintenance in the garden,and so cheery.I am going to make a note of these...thank you.

2 Jan, 2010

 

Aw...pleased you like them Bloomer..it's good to try something different isn't it?

2 Jan, 2010

 

Remembering days gone by...what a huge selection there is now compared to then.Some are so dainty...some scented..some showy. Like the look of the rose scented variety. Summer cheer on a cold winters night !

2 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks BB......snowing again!!!

2 Jan, 2010

 

Stopped here now Janey but what has lain today has frozen solid.Joy !!

2 Jan, 2010

 

arent they just lovely janey, i like the varigated leaf :o))

2 Jan, 2010

 

What a great selection, I particularly like the oak leafed one, very pretty.

2 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks San and Gee.......the scented ones are lovely aren't they...I bought a rose scented type in the summer from a local nursery...it has a real musky scent...:o)

2 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely selection Janey. Just one point...the fancy leaf, Madame Salleron does not flower...So it must be something with a similar leaf...?

2 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for that Alice.....I wonder which it is then......very pretty though..:o)

2 Jan, 2010

 

Voodoo is gorgeous and Pelargonium graveolens flowers are so dainty. I think the scented leafed ones have some very pretty flowers - I didn't realise there were so many! I've just googled Mme Salleron, Alice and it does have these flowers.

2 Jan, 2010

 

That was a lovely selection Janey. I like the scented varieties very much.

2 Jan, 2010

 

Voodoo is fabulous, I agree Wagger.....pleased you enjoyed it Hywel..:o)

2 Jan, 2010

 

I think Pelagoniums went out of fashion a few years ago like dahlias, but there seems to be a come back, silly isnt it how flowers are like clothes, we have only grown one or two varieties in the past nine years, I think I could easily grow some more after seeing the lovely ones in your pictures.

2 Jan, 2010

 

They are lovely arent they so old fashioned and romantic the scented ones are great too.
Have you seen the dispalys that Fir tree pelagoniums show Helen is a friend of mine and she spends so much time getting them ready they are massive some are approx 8' across and approx 5' high when they are in full flower they are a real show amazingly beautiful.

3 Jan, 2010

 

I love the ones with the scented foliage Janey. I love anything that is fragrant. The Regal Pelargoniums are gorgeous too. They are going to look fantastic.

3 Jan, 2010

 

I love scented geraniums, but I will always need at least one big pot of deep red wildly blooming geraniums, nothing pleases me more on my porch as a welcome.

3 Jan, 2010

 

Thats strange Wagger. If you check Vernons site, they say that M. Salleron does not flower and I ordered some from them last season, just for the folliage....

3 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for the great and interesting comments everyone......
Dd....I love pelargoniums.... I've always had them and they fit with my old fashioned garden, though I only like them in troughs and baskets etc, and usually I keep them over winter...:o)
Hi Vicki...I'll have a look at Fir Tree Pelagoniums ..thanks for that..:o)
Me too Gilli.....you can imagine the scented ones in a conservatory in the 1930's very heady and romantic...:o)
I agree Cat.....bright geraniums spilling over an urn or tub epitomises Summer doesn't it?...:o)
I had a look on Google Alice and mainly it is grown simply for the fancy leaf, like you said...but then there were a couple of sites with pink and red flowering ones???

3 Jan, 2010

 

Very odd, Alice. Another site says it's a 'shy' flowerer but several others actually show it in flower! I thought Fibrex might be the answer as they are a National Collection owner but they don't seem to stock it at all!

3 Jan, 2010

 

Fir tree pelagoniums have an open day
I think they are in the yellow book.
i understand it is a beautiful garden I havent seen it yet as I see Helen at shows as a fellow exhibitor and of course friend.
Its a funny business the shows its like a massive family (you have you r likes and dislikes) but we all live so far apart we seldom go to eat others nurseries and gardens.
I am sure it will be amazing as she is a real perfectionist.
I have never been to Richards (Fibrex) either but he has some lovely pels. as you said a national collection.
There is also Pearl and Brian Sulman Pelagoniums they have a different range too.
Pearl has her mintures and brian does bigger ones.
I think all 3 of those nurserymen have different varieties to each other so try all 3 places.
Also if you havent already give them a call because alot of us nursery men have varieties in small quantities that we dont put into catalogues and on the websites.
Its always worth a try ...Oo oo if you do say vicky sent you, lol I might get a coffe at the end of the year lol
Actually when we won our first Gold at Chelsea Richard and Heather did give us a bottle of champagne, how lovely was that :)

3 Jan, 2010

 

Well done Vicky and hubby...a Gold at Chelsea...many congratulations!!
A lot of information here too.....will check them out on-line...maybe if I email that you've recommended them you'll still get your coffee....lol!

3 Jan, 2010

 

lovely selection Janey.......i have been browsing through the plant catalogues this morning.....

3 Jan, 2010

 

Have you Holly......mmmmm....warm days of Summer....I'm going to treat myself this year to a David Austin Rose...one of the old fashioned types I think...the trouble is I just love them all and can't make my mind up...Lol!

3 Jan, 2010

 

me to......... there were loads of things i would love to get.... but dont know if i have enough space......still i can always use pots...lol

3 Jan, 2010

 

That's true...do you think a Rose would be okay in a pot? I'm limited for space too and don't like the thorns and black-spot in the garden?

3 Jan, 2010

 

im sure they would be ok in a pot.... my neighbour has a patio garden and lots of roses in pots......

3 Jan, 2010

 

Good selectionas for me i've been sorting my seed packets out this morning.

3 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

You have a lovely selection there Janey , I don't have Pelargoniums , I do have some Geraniums .. you are tempting me to have some with these beautiful colours and leaves ... they look so healthy to !

3 Jan, 2010

 

Love the 'voodoo' one, I think I'll be doing some of my own black magic to fit it into my garden this year. Lol

3 Jan, 2010

 

oh my they are so lovely thank you I have never had these in my yard I do gove geraniums and I love the old fashioned types thanks so much I love sweet peas and I always have them in my yard I will try some pelargoniums this year thanks so much they are just beautiful. Have a great season.

3 Jan, 2010

 

Vicky it is so nice to have an 'insider' on the site, you may remember I posted a pic a few weeks ago about something eating our Aeonium? and you said it could be droppings on the plant...... well, found the culprit today a very small skinny caterpillar, we even sprayed it several times, so you were right!!!! thanks.

3 Jan, 2010

 

Oh well done dottydaisy2 I am glad you got the little tinker :)
Happy gardening:))))

3 Jan, 2010

 

Enjoyed looking. What a lovely selection.

6 Jan, 2010

 

Oh I did enjoy this blog, pelagoniums are my favourites, and for a few mins I. was transported back to summer.
Thanks for the info. Vicky, reminded me that some ten years or so I ordered some minutures from the Sulmans and still have some cuttings taken from them, think it was Hope Valley that seemed to do well.

8 Jan, 2010

 

Aw...pleased you liked it Valadel..........they seem to go on forever don't they, I've always loved them and used to keep them all winter in a conservatory at our old place. Sometimes I would forget to water them for a few weeks and then the leaves would turn red, as if to say 'Come on we need a drink'...a couple of days later there would be a new flower bud....:o) My faves then were a peachy coloured one I'd had years and a pretty lilac one....they looked stunning together.....:o)

8 Jan, 2010

 

Peach and lilac sounds a wonderful combination, think I will try that this year. Just had a Gardening Direct brochure and there's one in there called Atlantic Burgundy ------- just got to have it !
All you said about Pels. is so true I have lots in my conservatory and can go away for a few days without worry.
Whenever I go to a garden centre I always say to my friend "Don't let me buy any more " ! --------- never works !

8 Jan, 2010

 

I also love Pelargoniums. When I lived in Spain I had lots of different varieties growing in pots on my balcony. Since being back in the UK I haven't got any of the big varieties but my wife bought me 3 different varieties of Real Pelargoniums of the Angel type. After they finished flowering I put all three plants in one big pot & they have been there ever since. Every year they flower very generously but last spring I decided to change the compost so I took them out, gave them a good cutting back, took a few Irishman's cuttings & repotted them in the same pot with fresh compost & they repaid me more than in all the previous years!

I uploaded photos of them to my Garden page. I hope they come through this terrible winter. I would hate to lose them now.

The Angel type, which were tremendously popular the year my wife bought me them, are rather more difficult to come across now, though I did do a search on the internet & found a place where they still stock them.

10 Jan, 2010

 

Hya Balcony, a couple of years ago I too put three Pelagoniums in a pot and have just uploaded a photo of the pot taken this last summer.
I am so glad you mentioned about repotting as I knew maybe it needed to be done put was reluctant to do so , any way you have inspired me , so roll on spring !
Think you are very good with the Angel type I have bought them in the past but they just never flourished for me .

10 Jan, 2010

 

Great to read your comment Balcony, I'm going to check out the Angel types and have a look at your photos.....apart from the musk types, I've only grown the tub and basket varieties, but they are so worth the effort! You can go on holiday and leave them and still they go on, only losing a few leaves, I've even dug them up and wrapped them in newspaper for the winter, forgotten about them and there they are in Spring, tiny green shoots just forming...ready for the off...:o)

Going over to have a look at yours too Valadel, I always plan to have one colour if I'm growing or buying them....but it never works, I can never make my mind up, and actually the white ones complement everything else...:o)

11 Jan, 2010

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