24 MayPelargonium ribifolium

Pelargonium ribifolium
Pelargonium ribifolium

P. ribifolium is an incredibly exuberant bloomer. Smooth maple-like leaves have a sweetly pungent scent. The flowers are pure white with deep pink markings.

23 MayWhat An Angel!

Pelargonium 'Wychwood'
Pelargonium ‘Wychwood’

Wychwood is a Pansy-faced geranium – a part of the Angel Pelargoniums. It grows as an upright little bush with medium green leaves. The flowers are deep plum on top with the palest lavendar lower petals. The foliage has a pleasant rose-citrus scent.

So what are the Angel Pelargoniums? They are floriferous, branching bushes that grow long stems. There are two groups of Angels: The original group was developed around 1825. This group’s parentage is unknown and it is unscented. The modern Angel Pelargoniums were first developed in the 1930s. One of the parents of this group is Pelargonium crispum, the lemon scented geranium. So the scented-leaf factor was introduced.

20 MaySpring Park Lemon

Pelargonium 'Spring Park'
Pelargonium ‘Spring Park’

Spring Park is a lemon scented geranium.

19 MayPink Champagne

Pelargonium 'Pink Champagne'
Pelargonium ‘Pink Champagne’

No bubbles here, but you might think you are drunk when you see the size of these flowers. They are just enormous for a geranium – 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ across. The leaves are leathery on sturdy erect branches. P. ‘Pink Champagne’ is a lime scented geranium.

19 MayHow Hot Pink Do You Want It?

Pelargonium limoneum
Pelargonium limoneum is a lemon/lime scented geranium.

P. limoneum might have the pinkest flower ever. The roundish top petals give them a fat-cheeked look. The flowers are smallish – about a 1/2″ across. The serrated leaves are small as well on thin woody stems that reach 2 feet in length.

P. limoneum looks nice displayed in an elevated position so the stems can hang down. It has the same free spirit quality as P. ‘Strawberry’. In fact, those two look great together.

17 MayPelargonium 'Roller's Satinique'

Pelargonium 'Roller's Satinique'
Pelargonium ‘Roller’s Satinique’

Roller’s Satinique is another one of the Uniques. In fact it looks a lot like Old Scarlet Unique except for the lovely coral flowers. Very feminine. Roller’s Satinique is a forest scented geranium.

17 MayA Gardenia Scented Geranium

Pelargonium 'Arucana'
Pelargonium ‘Arucana’

I just wanted to show you how Arucana is coming along. She has developed into an upright bush with deep green maple shaped leaves. Heavy blooming has not stopped for even one day all spring. And now that hot weather is here, a very noticable sweet gardenia scent arises when the foliage is jostled. We have had temperatures of 90+ degrees(F) yet Arucana has easily tolerated the heat and 4 hours of direct afternoon sun. So many good qualities! Is this the greatest scented geranium ever? Stay tuned.

15 MayYou're So Unique

Pelargonium 'Old Scarlet Unique'
Pelargonium ‘Old Scarlet Unique’

Old Scarlet Unique just loves to have her picture taken. She is constantly trying to draw attention to herself. If you want her to keep blooming – and of course, you do – be careful when deadheading to only remove the spent umbrels, NOT the branch that the umbrels are on! These branches will continue to produce flowers all summer.

The Uniques are an old group of Pelargoniums from the 1800s. They are treated as scented geraniums and include the apricot types. P. ‘Old Scarlet Unique’ is a pungent scented geranium.

14 MayNot So Minor

Pelargonium crispum 'Minor'
Pelargonium crispum ‘Minor’

P. crispum ‘Minor’ is a lemon scented geranium. It has very tiny crispum-style leaves and an upright growth habit. In theory, Fingerbowl Lemon is the same as Crispum Minor, but my two plants don’t look exactly the same so I am continuing to call them as labeled by their original growers.

13 MayBreaking News Alert – Praying Mantis Sighted In Coconut Geranium

Praying Mantis on Pelargonium grossularioides
Praying Mantis on Pelargonium grossularioides

Mantis Mania returned to Sunshine Hill Gardens with the sighting of the Spring’s first praying mantis. And he’s so big: already an inch and a half long! No doubt this guy has been munching on lots of tasty bugs.

Last year, I put out two praying mantis egg cases and was lucky enough to see the hatchling mantids emerge from one of them. This year, I put out two more, but didn’t see them hatch so it really made me happy to see one today.

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