Variegated Geraniums on balcony 2018
I’ve planted out lots of variegated Geraniums on the balcony for this summer this year. I have two forms that are named & one that isn’t. One is a very dark leaved one, like chocolate, called ‘Black Prince’. I was sent a cutting from a man in Scotland who used to be a member of another gardening forum I write on. I sent him an Amaryllis bulb in return. It has lovely light pink flowers held up on very long stems. I’d taken & rooted lots of cuttings &, together with a couple of last years’ plants, I put them in one of the troughs on the balcony floor as well as some in a smaller trough on the middle bar of the balcony railings.
I also have many plants of ‘Vancouver Centennial’. I bought the original plant in a supermarket on a whim because I liked it so much. I don’t normally buy things on a whim but this time I did as I thought if I wait for a day or two they will all have gone! This has variegated green & red leaves but the leaves are very “star” shaped. The flowers are a very bright red & the petals look like red diamonds! I’d taken & rooted lots of cuttings &, together with a couple of last years’ plants, I put some of them in one of the troughs on the balcony floor. I also put some plants from last year in a smaller trough on the middle bar of the balcony railings.
This last Geranium, whose name I don’t know, is green & white (or cream). This was bought at the same time as ‘Vancouver Centennial, in the same supermarket. This plant has light pink flowers that look quite delicate but it is very floriferous & practically flowers non-stop! I’d taken & rooted lots of cuttings &, together with a couple of last years’ plants, I put them in one of the troughs on the balcony floor. I also put some plants from last year in a smaller trough on the middle bar of the balcony railings.
These Geraniums have done me proud this year! They have been flowering non-stop for the last couple of months. We have been in a period of very hot, sunny weather almost daily since the last week or two of June. This is quite unusual for the UK & is forecast to continue in a similar vein till the end of July!
The Geraniums have loved this weather & produced much more bloom than in the years previously. The 3 troughs are filled to overflowing with the sheer exuberance of flowers! I’m so pleased now that I put 4 plants in each of the 3 troughs as they are so much more effective as a massed display than if they were in individual pots, as was the case in previous years.
As I had less plants for the 3 long white troughs on the balcony floor up against the railings they have not made quite such a spectacular show as yet. But most of them were cuttings & as they become bigger plants so they will also flower better & should rival the troughs on the middle bar above them.
I’m adding some photo that will show just how much they have flowered or are flowering!
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