Pelargoniums are quite high maintenance in my climate.They need always attention. Taking off faded blooms, old leaves, pruning and general maintenance for plants growing in pots. Some I grow in the garden borders, but still they need a lot of attention to look good.
I have grown this double, salmon one for ages.
This is a bright red,(in the picture it looks orange) the old fashioned type of Pelargonium, which is still my favourite.
Pelargonium is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 200 species of perennials, succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as scented geraniums or storksbills. Confusingly, Geranium is the correct botanical name of a separate genus of related plants often called Cranesbills. Both Geranium and Pelargonium are genera in the Family Geraniaceae. Linnaeus originally included all the species in one genus, Geranium, but they were later separated into two genera by Charles L’Héritier in 1789. Gardeners sometimes refer to the members of Genus Pelargonium as "pelargoniums" in order to avoid the confusion, but the older common name "geranium" is still in regular use, and most garden 'geraniums' are in fact 'pelargoniums', as opposed to true geraniums or cranesbill.
Species of Pelargonium are evergreen perennials indigenous to Southern Africa and are drought and heat tolerant, and can tolerate only minor frosts. Pelargoniums are extremely popular garden plants, grown as annuals in temperate climates.
The first species of Pelargonium known to be cultivated was Pelargonium triste, a native of South Africa. It was probably brought to the botanical garden in Leiden before 1600 on ships which stopped at the Cape of Good Hope. In 1631, the English gardener John Tradescant the elder bought seeds from Rene Morin in Paris and introduced the plant to England. The name Pelargonium was introduced by Johannes Burman in 1738, from the Greek πελαργός, pelargós, stork, because part of the flower looks like a stork's beak
In 1989 I received 2 Hippeastrum bulbs. One produced red, the other red and white flowers. The red one had more cup shaped, roundish petals the other more pointy star
All my Hippeastrums are grown from seed collected from the flowers in my garden.. Over the years they have hybridized and have come up in different patterns, colours and shapes. Also in very soft pink and all white with a few red stripes.
Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. Some species are grown for their large showy flowers. These plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis, a monotypic African genus in the same family.
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Believe it or not:
Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom. E. B. White