Friday, 17 September 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day ~ September 2010

I know I'm late but Wednesday's combination of gusty wind and spitty spotty rain completely thwarted me.  I did get out though in the garden yesterday afternoon to photograph these two late flowering hardy geraniums which give me much pleasure at this time of year  ~


The first is geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety', also known as 'Buxton's Blue' which is in flower here from July to the first frosts. It has a trailing habit and is one of those unassuming plants that just gets on and does without needing much fuss or attention. It produces a modest number of seeds for me, which if sown in early April in a cold greenhouse will produce flowering plants the same year.

Another more vigorous trailer/scrambler is geranium 'Salome' which starts off each year as a neat mound of attractive golden leaves before sending out a myriad of long stems. Again it is in flower for a considerable spell - from midsummer onwards until those first frosts. It can be propagated by taking stem cuttings early in the season well before it comes into flower ~



Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is kindly hosted each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens ~ do visit if you have not already done so and be certain to add to your wish list.

18 comments:

  1. What a lovely colour Buxton's Blue is. I really like geraniums though I only have one in my garden.

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  2. I very much like these flowers - the pinky coloured wild variety too.

    Esther

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  3. Anna, I had Buxtons Blue many years ago, in another garden, I had forgotten what a lovely colour is is.

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  4. Anna, I've never met a hardy geranium I didn't like, but these two (both new to me) are especially lovely. The Buxton's Variety is wonderful, and as soon as I saw it I wondered if it would grow in my garden. (I've never encountered the wallichianum species, so I'm guessing that they're probably not cold hardy here.)I'll have to look into it. -Jean

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  5. Just lovely...I'll have to seek those out...especially 'Salome'...love that veining on the petals!

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  6. I love hardy geraniums. I can see how many people get REALLY into them.

    I bought 'Jolly Bee', which many consider to be the same as 'Rozanne', put it in a large tub and it's flowered its head off.

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  7. How nice to see some hardy geraniums flowering now. I do like Salome and think I will add this to my wish list especially as I like plants with people's names!

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  8. I love geramiuns and think Karen gave me some of the pinky one yesterday by coincidence!

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  9. Hardy geraniums are a real mainstay of my garden, and I love them even more on their second flush of blooms.
    Great pictures Anna.
    P x

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  10. Geranium 'Salome' is a superb little plant - it never fails to please does it.

    Lovely photo with the bee Anna.

    Jeanne
    x

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  11. They're both beautiful Geraniums. Thanks for the tip about propagating. I hope I remember to try it next year.

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  12. I love the blue color of your 'Buxton's Blue.' You've got to love any plant that blooms nonstop without much effort from the gardener. Obviously, the bees like it, too:)

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  13. Hi Anna, What a lovely shot of autumn colour! The blues must just glow this time of year. Very pretty. :)

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  14. Hi Anna~~ I love your hardy geraniums. Obviously the bees do too!

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  15. Very nice geraniums. That delicate blue must be lovely in the fall garden.

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  16. It's so nice to hear good things about 'Salome.' I tried to grow this geranium countless times when it was first available and gave up, figuring she was just a weak grower. What a beautiful bloom day photo of her and the bee.

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  17. grrrrr - just left you a really long comment and then blogger was playing silly b's, I will email you instead.
    I think that Salome may be the geranium in my garden that I had no idea what it was
    K
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  18. The clear blue of 'Buxton's Variety' is very pretty. The wide, white eye make it stand out, too. I perked up when I read about its long bloom time for you, too.

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