02 JunScented Geranium Buffet

Newly potted up scented geraniums
Newly potted up scented geraniums

I moved a bunch of scented geranium babies – the larger growing ones – from 4″ pots to 6″ pots. They are lined up by the back of the house while they adjust. Everything was looking great the next day except for one Pelargonium ‘Brilliant’. Looks like someone had a tasty snack! The culprit is Max, the big desert tortoise. He went back under the shed to think about what he will eat next. Strange as it may seem, this doesn’t bother me at all. If he can reach it, he can eat it. But usually he leaves the scented geraniums alone.

Looks like a salad to me!
Looks like a salad to me!

02 JunPaging Dr. Livingstone

Pelargonium 'Dr. Livingstone' (lemon-rose)
Pelargonium ‘Dr. Livingstone’ (lemon-rose)

Such a cute little face! Dr. Livingstone is small here, but grows into a very large scented geranium. Even the leaves are large. But the flowers are tiny! Dr. Livingstone will grow into a perfectly round upright ball without too much effort: Just pinch the center top and then give it a quarter turn periodically.

31 MayAttar Of Roses

Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses'
Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’

This darling baby is called Attar of Roses. Attar means perfume and this is so, so appropriate of this scented geranium. It has a wonderful, powerful rose scent.

25 MaySeed Patrol Update

Pelargonium 'Sandalwood' with flowers and seedheads
Pelargonium ‘Sandalwood’ with flowers and seedheads

While deadheading this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few seedheads on P. ‘Sandalwood’. This is not a species pelargonium, as far as I know, so it will be interesting to see what develops. Sandalwood is a woodsy scented geranium.

In other seed news, I learned that Upright Coconut Geranium is a species pelargonium: P. elongatum.

23 MayBusy, Busy, Busy!

Cannas and society garlic after the 'Great Divide'
Cannas and society garlic after the ‘Great Divide’

I divided up an overly thick clump of cannas and two clumps of society garlic. This resulted in 4-3 gallon pots and 6-1 gallon pots of cannas and 9-1 gallon pots of society garlic. And what will I do with it? I have in mind to have a plant yard sale in a couple of weeks.

Below is a shot of the Juliet tomatoes. So far they seem to be very productive and trouble free. In a couple days we will sample the first one. As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding!

Juliet tomatoes producing up a storm
Juliet tomatoes producing up a storm

22 MaySeed Patrol

Pelargonium odoratissimum (apple) with flowers and seedheads
Pelargonium odoratissimum (apple) with flowers and seedheads

Both Apple and Celery Geranium are now producing seedheads. I have managed to collect a little seed already from Apple, but none yet from Celery. They are both species pelargoniums so the seed should be viable. Rooting cuttings are the faster, easier method of getting new plants, of course, but this is a quest for knowledge and experience!

Pelargonium ionidiflorum (celery) with flowers and seedheads
Pelargonium ionidiflorum (celery) with flowers and seedheads

21 MayMore Leafcutter Bee Mischief

This afternoon I stopped by my mom’s house and learned that the wonderful watering wand we gave her for mother’s day was no longer spraying! I tried blowing air through it and it was stopped up for sure. Upon disassembly, the problem was found to be a leafcutter bee’s nest.

These bees are really looking for trouble! First they attack my scented geranium flowers, and then they plug up my mother’s watering wand. Hardly the work of beneficial insects!

19 MayPrince Rupert Gives Us A Smile

Pelargonium crispum 'Prince Rupert Variegated' (lemon)
Pelargonium crispum ‘Prince Rupert Variegated’ (lemon)

Darling little Prince Rupert Geranium openned his first flower this morning and was happy to pose for a picture. Prince Rupert is an especially nice choice as a potted plant in “small space” locations such as the porch railing or window sill. Whether its blooming or not, this scented geranium is always visually interesting!

18 MayA Kiss From A Prince

Pelargonium crispum 'Prince Rupert Variegated' (lemon)
Pelargonium crispum ‘Prince Rupert Variegated’ (lemon)

My woes over the leafcutter bees quickly faded when I spotted this bud on Prince Rupert. I swear it wasn’t there this morning when I watered! The bud shows a tinge of pale pink. Maybe I should bring it inside until it blooms! Prince Rupert is a lemon scented geranium.

15 MayA Surprise Find

Seedings of Pelargonium grossularioides
Seedlings of Pelargonium grossularioides

Isn’t it great when your plants give you presents? I found these seedlings of Coconut Geranium beside the pool. There were four for sure and another possible, but too tiny to tell for sure. They can be moved to a pot easily at this stage. When they get bigger they seem to resent being moved.

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