Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Pelargoniums

OK, Pelargonium is the fancy word for the plant generally known as a Geranium. A friend is the current president of the local Pelargonium Society and he can waffle on talk for hours about the various shapes, colours, scents and blossoms, but I know very little about them, other than they make a nice show of colour in the summer.
This bright scarlet red geranium came in a mixed hanging basket as a gift on Mother's Day. Most of the other flowers in the arrangement have finished now but the geraniums will keep blooming as long as I keep watering it. Or it rains.

This pink geranium was given to me as a small twig last September. I put it in water until it grew some roots, and then planted it in soil, talked to it nicely and sang it some encouraging geranium songs, gave it some nice nutritious plant food and now it's decorating my deck and covered with blooms and buds. The pink flowers are small, and never really open wide.

Citronella ... also known as Mosquito Plant Geranium. According to the internet, the mosquito plant geranium came about from taking specific genes of two other plants – Chinese citronella grass and African geranium. It gives off a lovely lemony scent when the leaves are brushed, and just look at those sweet little flowers. And I haven't seen many mosquitos buzzing around here recently.

12 comments:

  1. Geraniums are versatile plants. Beautiful blooms!

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  2. They do make a nice and colourful show in the summer, wonderful photos!

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  3. A lovely plant indeed with some pretty blooms.

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  4. Geez! And I thought it was just a candle. :-)

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  5. I do like hardy plants. And whatever the name, geraniums fall into that category. We have one with rose scented leaves and it has thrived (bless it) through drought, flooding rain and frost.

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  6. I am not a big fan of geraniums,can't stand there smell. Having said that I love the ones which have scented leaves.

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  7. Ah, contrary to your previous reader, I love the earthy smell of pelargoniums - I suppose the plural should be pelargonia? Never heard of the citronella variety - will mention it to Head Office.

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  8. I'm with Mike, love geraniums Shammi, they are perfect for our long hot summers, and add so much colour to the garden.

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  9. absolutely beautiful flowers .loved the variety of colors !
    thanks for virtual pleasure my friend

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  10. I like geranium. Your colorful flowers are pretty. It was good that you have kept watering them.Happy day to you,Shammic,

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  11. Your geraniums are so lovely. I love them, too, for many various colors and long blooms. My favorite is ivy geraniums; I have them in hanging baskets or pots. I need Citronella if it really keeps mosquitos away.

    Yoko

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  12. I'm fond of pelargoniums too. So many 'hot' colours that give the garden a pop. I have several in different shades of pink at the moment, all blooming like mad!

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