Margery Fish is alleged to have said “when in doubt, plant a geranium”. I must be full of doubts, I’ve just taken delivery of 10 of them, 6 from Cranesbill Nursery and 4 from Bluebell Cottage Nursery. To be honest, I mainly doubt I have room for them all. How’s that for recursive? Time for Six on Saturday. Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything – a geranium, a geranium, or perhaps a geranium, you decide. Join in!
Here are my Six for this week.
1 – Geranium x ‘Elke’. I grew these from seed last year, or possibly the year before. I have several dotted about the garden. The parent is a little different but this offspring forms a low clump, maybe 20cm tall and as you can see has small magenta flowers. The leaves are quite finely cut and I think evergreen, although I may be recalling that wrongly. In time it should form a good carpet.
2 – Geranium ‘Dreamtime’. I have a few of these, all divisions of one plant bought in an end of season sale at the garden centre. The largest of them, in full sun, makes a good size clump and is currently covered in flowers.
3 – Geranium ‘Terre Franche’. A cousin of g. ‘Philippe Vapelle’, this one has silvery green leaves and forms a mound about 45cm across and high, the flowers sitting quite upright and outward facing. As you can see there is good veining. One of my new batch that happens to be in flower, this one is still in its “pot”, actually wrapped in paper. I will plant it out this weekend.
4 – Geranium ‘Pink Delight’. This one came to me via the HPS Conservation scheme. Orginally found as a seedling in the paving cracks in the garden of a geranium specialist, it was thought worthy of inclusion in the scheme because it flowers for ages and does not set seed. A small one, it should get no higher than 10cm, flowers are 2.5cm across and it has evergreen leaves. I shall be attempting to propagate vegitatively at some point.
5 – Geranium ‘Orion’. I have a few of these, all going crazy just now. They have clearly appreciated the run of sunshine, and perhaps too the damper spell we have had in the last week or so. They are covered in big flowers. Festooned. It makes a big plant, up to 80cm high and across, probably deserving of a mid-border spot rather than up front.
6 – Geranium, mongrel offspring. I think the second one might be found marketed as “Splish Splash”, which for some reason I always want to say in a comedy French accent. The first I think was simply listed as “red leaved” in the seed list I acquired it from.
Those are my Six, what are yours? If you’d like to join in, just publish your post and pop a link to it in the comments below. if you also mention my blog in yours, that would be fab. My aim is to read all of them and comment or at least like, I don’t always get around to it at this time of year. Apologies in advance…
I trust you will be out int he garden this weekend? Despite recent, very welcome, wet weather the forecast is fine for the next day or two. I shall therefore be pottering about, wading through a long to-list which includes an item “plant geraniums”. Don’t forget to pop back as more links get added during the day.
Stay safe, I’ll be back next weekend with another #SixOnSaturday.