07 SepA Rambling Growth Habit

Pelargonium 'Peach'
Pelargonium ‘Peach’ – See remnant of variegation on left side of plant.

Peach is a variegated scented pelargonium. The variegated branches grow slowly. The plain green branches grow much faster. In order to maintain the varigation, the grower is to prune off the green branches. After dutifully trimming away for a while, I decided I was very impressed with the all green foliage. If allowed to go ‘native’, Peach develops a graceful, flowing look. And frankly, the yellow splotchy variegation can have a rather sickly look.

P. ‘Peach’ is an excellent choice for gardeners in the Desert Southwest. It is very heat tolerant and can be counted on to look nice even during the hottest hot spell (given adequate water and partial shade). Peach is also a very sweet bloomer.

Pelargonium 'Peach'
Pelargonium ‘Peach’ rambles more vigorously on the unvariegated side.

A Weighty Question: If Pelargonium ‘Peach’ is considered a variegated scented geranium, does that mean that the unvariegated form is a different cultivar?

28 AugMedusa Peppers

Medusa ornamental peppers
Medusa ornamental peppers

The Medusa peppers are well ahead of the other two ornamentals I’m growing. Medusa is producing numerous little twisted whitish-green peppers. These will soon turn yellow and orange. Her competitors in the Tournament of Ornamental Peppers are further behind: Bolivian Rainbow is blooming a lot with darling purple flowers, but no peppers yet. Chilly Chili is just starting to develop buds.

23 AugLime Scented Geranium Roundup

Pelargonium 'Pink Champagne'
Pelargonium ‘Pink Champagne’

How do the three Limes compare? P. limoneum is the most heat tolerant of the three. P. ‘Lime’ and P. ‘Pink Champagne’ dislike those ultra high desert temperatures, however they can be grown successfully in the desert with a little extra shade and close attention to prevent excessive dryness. Tough little Limoneum will lose a few leaves if over dry, but is otherwise hardly effected. It can handle more exposure to direct sun than the other two.

The best bloomer of the Limes is Pink Champagne. In fact, it might be one of the nicest bloomers of all the Pelargoniums! Lime is a very good bloomer as well. Limoneum is cute with smaller hot pink flowers.

All three are well scented, although I think P.’Lime’ is a bit stronger than the other two.

15 AugLime Scented Geranium Extraordinaire

Pelargonium limoneum
Pelargonium limoneum

Limoneum is a lime scented geranium with small leaves and a charming bad-hair-day way of growing. Always fun to look at and very tolerant, P. limoneum should be more widely cultivated.

15 AugEffervescent Pink Champagne

Pelargonium 'Pink Champagne'
Pelargonium ‘Pink Champagne’

Pink Champagne is a very pretty scented geranium. It forms a neat branched bush and will grow relatively tall. Large pink flowers and a fresh lime scent make this pelargonium a very rewarding choice.

11 AugLanky Lime

Pelargonium 'Lime'
Pelargonium ‘Lime’

Lime scented geranium has upright woody branches that tend to be brittle. As they bend downs, they will start to branch out.

05 AugOrnamental Peppers

Bolivian Rainbow Pepper's first little purple bloom
Bolivian Rainbow Pepper’s first little purple bloom

These are two of the three ornamental peppers I grew from seed this year. Bolivian Rainbow will grow little oval fruit that is extremely hot. The fruit is supposed to change colors – white, green, red, purple, yellow, orange. Chilly Chili (below) will have small, narrow, elongated peppers that are sweet.

Chilly Chili are about 10 inches tall now.
Chilly Chili are about 10 inches tall now.

31 JulThe Elegant Prince Of Orange

Pelargonium 'Prince of Orange'
Pelargonium ‘Prince of Orange’

Prince of Orange is an orange scented geranium with a sumptuous, upright habit. A bit of pruning will be in order soon to keep this one nice and round, but it seems to want to grow that way naturally.

How do P. ‘Orange’ and P. ‘Prince of Orange’ compare? Orange wins out on strength of scent, heat tolerance, size of flowers and length of blooming time. Prince of Orange is an excellent scented geranium choice, but Orange is just that much better. The only thing to do is grow them both.

P. 'Prince of Orange' overhead view
P. ‘Prince of Orange’ overhead view

29 JulOrange Geranium Growth Habit

Pelargonium 'Orange'
Pelargonium ‘Orange’

Orange Geranium – my very favorite, you may know – has a graceful sprawling growth habit. It looks really nice in an elevated position, like a plant stand, where it can perform for all to see.

Overhead view of Orange scented geranium
Overhead view of Orange scented geranium

26 JulLittle Round Eggplants


Round eggplants
Round eggplants

Round eggplants

Round eggplants

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