Yes it is well past time to look at geraniums again. Since this blog started there have been over 60 pages of tips about geraniums. The most popular have been about scented, regal and dwarf geraniums but zonals and bedding also retain much interest. (You can find these and more links by using our search button).
‘Pelargonium Vancouver Centennial’ @ Kew Garden
Why then is there this new post about geraniums? Well it is a reflection of my personal taste and intentions as I relaunch my horticultural interest in the 200 or so pelargonium species that we all call geraniums. (There are a further 400+ loosely related species correctly classed as geraniums often called hardy geraniums. Are you with me so far?) I am going to call pelargoniums by the common name of geraniums to the annoyance of some in the Pelargonium and Geraniums society.
Geraniums Again From a Personal point of View
- This post is intended to force me to follow up my good intentions to grow more and better geraniums.
- My first early horticultural memory is of pot plants grown on windowsills by my mother 60 years ago. The colour and unique musty scent of the leaves lingers somewhere in my brain. I do not remember the pink variety but it seemed vaguely dutch and royal and it certainly ‘was a good dooer’.
- Traditionally I garden by numbers and go for volume, the more the merrier (and usually the more cramped).
- An aspiration here is to grow fewer, show quality plants.
- Again I also want some house plants to give away as I think they make nice gifts and are easyish for the novice to cultivate and enjoy.
- My record keeping has been spasmodic over the years so it needs more attention.
- So may be the start of a series of pages noting how I get on or at least a way of keeping my nose to the ground.
Princess of Wales Conservatory Kew Garden June 2019