20 AprApple Geranium Nonstop

Pelargonium odoratissimum
Pelargonium odoratissimum (apple scented)

Here is another scented geranium that has been blooming nonstop. It arrived with flowers back on March 8 – so that’s 6 weeks and still producing. Apple seems to be a fast-grower, too.

19 AprCelery Geranium Still Blooming

P. ionidiflorum
P. ionidiflorum

Pelargonium ionidiflorum has been blooming since it first arrived on February 22 – almost 2 months ago. And it really does smell like celery!

16 AprA Visit From the Easter Geranium

Pelargonium 'Orange'
Pelargonium ‘Orange’

A beautiful geranium for a beautiful day! Look at all the buds on this plant. Enthusiastic, to say the least.

16 AprA Pelargonium Shopping Trip

Zonal geraniums 'Distinction' and 'Alpha'
Zonal geraniums ‘Distinction’ and ‘Alpha’

Yesterday I visited two local nurseries, Plant World and Star Nursery. I wanted to see if they had any scented pelargoniums. No luck. Maybe in a couple weeks. I did find these two interesting Zonal geraniums.

15 AprPelargonium Lime

P. 'Lime'
New baby P. ‘Lime’ can’t wait to bloom

What a cutie! The baby is blooming; the parent plant is barely starting to produce buds! I think I’ll give this Lime geranium to my Mom for Easter.

15 AprPelargonium Mexican Sage

P. 'Mexican Sage'
P. ‘Mexican Sage’ holds its pink flowers in a tight cluster

It’s been a long wait, but now we get a look at Mexican Sage’s flowers. Pelargonium ‘Mexican Sage’ is a spicy scented geranium, a sport of P. ‘Apricot’. I’m beginning to get the idea that Mexican Sage will be a large plant. Compare to this photo shortly after arrival.

14 AprUpright Coconut Geranium

Upright Coconut Geranium lifts its blooms high
Upright Coconut Geranium lifts its blooms high

Upright Coconut Geranium surprised me with its small 4-petaled light yellow flowers. I’ve never seen a yellow flower on a pelargonium! They are quite delicate and seem to last only one day. Upright Coconut is a recent arrival. Looking at the picture in the earlier post, I can see that the plant has bulked up a little.

Love me for my beautiful zonal-style leaves, dah-link!
Not a showy flower, but scientifically interesting

11 AprPelargonium Ginger In Bloom

Pelargonium 'Ginger'
It’s P. ‘Ginger’s turn to bloom

Ginger has charming lavendar blooms with rather fancy purple streaks. The streaks remind me of eyelashes. This plant is getting close to 2 feet tall.

10 AprNursery Report

Pelargonium 'Chocolate Mint'
Fuzzy babies of Pelargonium ‘Chocolate Mint’ celebrate
spring with new growth and even some buds.

It has been 2 months since I started rooting some cuttings from my scented geranium plants. I started out with 12 starts each of Lime, Citrosa, Chocolate Mint, Dr. Livingstone, Brilliant, Ginger, and Nutmeg. I also had 4 volunteer seedlings of Coconut and took 8 cuttings from a Coconut runner.

So how are they doing?

Mostly – very well! I still have 12 babies each of Lime, Citrosa, Chocolate Mint, Dr. Livingstone, and Ginger. Also 11 Brilliant, 6 Coconut, and 3 Nutmeg.

Of the Coconut, the four seedlings are healthy and strong, but the cuttings from the runner never really seemed to get going. Only 2 remain. Nutmeg also was difficult. These cuttings took cold spells harder than the others. I expect that when I try to root some new cuttings in warmer temperatures, they will do fine.

06 AprClorinda Closeup

The flowers of Pelargonium 'Clorinda'

This closeup of Pelargonium ‘Clorinda’ shows a purplish feathering on the top two petals. Very pretty!

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