Sunday, 24 June 2012

Flower of the Month



  I didn't realise,  until I started taking photos of the garden, just how many different types of Geraniums I had.  I love them for their hardiness, and for the fact that the slugs don't bother with them, they flower for ages and repeat flower if you chop them back.  The are easy to take cuttings of or to split the plant to make several others.  A definite godsend for the garden.

Top row:  Ann Folkard - Wargrave Pink with Johnsons Blue in the background - (not quite sure of the name of the third one.
Middle row:  Kashmir White - scent leaf - scent leaf
Bottom row:  Pelargoniums - varieties unknown








I have no idea what the spikey pink one is - it was given to me by a friend and is planted under the damson tree in the shade - it seems to thrive there, after it has flowered I use the shears and chop it back quite hard and it flowers all over again - eventually.

There is one missing from the photos - an early one - with lavender flowers - my favourite


This was taken at the end of May.  I don't know the name of this one either I'm afraid.

Do you have many varieties in your garden - maybe you could help me out with the names of some of them?

31 comments:

  1. the unknown looks like a member of the geranium family? we have the same in our garden

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    1. I know its a geranium - just wondered about the variety

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  2. Lovely selection Elaine! The old fashioned lemon scented pelargonium always reminds me of my childhood as my Dad used to grow lots of it and my mum made jelly using the leaves. On googling I discovered this gr8 pdf which your readers may be interested in and there's a terrific receipe for apple pelargonium jelly which sounds lovely (although I haven't tried it yet) http://www.bowoodfarms.com/_ccLib/downloads/Pelargonium10.pdf Let me know if you make it <3

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    1. I have been over to the site you mentioned - shame I didn't have that info before I wrote the post. Never thought of using the leaves - might give it a go.

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  3. I have several types too Elaine, but dont really know the names.Most are ones given to me by friends but I love them all for all the reasons you give.

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    1. I do find they tend to take over a bit if you're not careful - I don't mind too much as they are so pretty

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  4. I've not had much success with the chopping back and reblooming method. Maybe I leave it a bit late before I cut them back. I tend to forget until the leaves get a bit mildewy. Anyway I'll try to remember to do it right after flowering this year. With the weather we're having, they might flower again in the glorious autumn.

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    1. They do take a bit of time to re-flower once they have been given the chop - you just have to be brave - and if they don't re-flower - well it was worth a try.

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  5. http://www.engcougars.co.uk/home/blue-geraniums this may prove helpful in identifying your geraniums? They're also on facebook and have just liked my page which I am very pleased about. Check them out on https://www.facebook.com/englishcountrygardenscumbria?ref=pb

    Enjoy x.x

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  6. Most of the lovely flower you have here I can't grow in my warm climate garden.

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    1. Thank you very much what a kind thought - I will eventually comply with the rules when I have a bit of spare time. Thanks once again.

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  7. I really like that spikey pink one, Elaine. And hereby officially name it as such! 'Elaine's Spikey Pink One.' D

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    1. If anyone visiting the garden wants to know what it is called I'll know what to tell them now. Thanks.

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  8. I too have lots of perennial Geraniums, johnson's Blue however remains my favourite.
    Bridget.

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    1. They usually put on a great show - most gardens around here have them.

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  9. The last one is some sort of species geranium, but I can't remember the name either.
    I just found you on another post and am delighted, which I say as alas my hydrangeas are wilting as we speak.
    Best,
    Liz

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    1. I am just too lazy to get my books out to check on the name - it will come to me eventually.

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  10. That's funny I thought that I'd commented here! Never mind. They're lovely flowers which if I had a garden would grow lots, and they're on my list to grow some on the plot.
    Flighty xx

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    1. Perhaps one of your fellow plotholders would give you a clump when they are dividing theirs.

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  11. Hi Elaine, I have a post on Geraniums in the works for my garden alphabet. Like you, I think they are a great plant. I find they do well in part shade and so I add new varieties every year. I am thinking that that last geranium is possibly Rozanne.

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    1. Since I did that post I have found another two types in the garden - strange how we can overlook these unpreposessing flowers - I aim to increase my varieties as well - could be a garden takeover.

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    2. Look forward to reading your post and thanks for your help.

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  12. I think the top right one with cut leaves is 'Bloody Cranesbill' - Geranium sanguineum, and the one above the spiky one is Geranium x magnificum. We have several clumps of both too. Not sure about the spiky one or the last. Geraniums are magnificent aren't they, such low maintenance garden stalwarts.
    Sara

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    1. I knew you were a whizz with plant names - it doesn't matter what they are called really - all I know is they put on a darn good show.

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  13. Ah it waited till I hit publish then came back to me - think the last one is Geranium sylvaticum, the wood cranesbill - another species one, as somebody above said.

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    1. Thanks Sarah - I can sleep easily now!

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  14. I am a big fan of hardy geraniums, and slowly building up quite a few here - your spiky one is charming
    K

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    1. A friend of mine has quite a few varieties that I haven't got - I hoping she'll let me have a few cuttings to increase my stocks.

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