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Variegated Geraniums on balcony 2018

16 Jul 2018
Sunny 28°C / 82°F

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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Good to hear your geraniums are doing so well, Amarylis. I expect that the weather has helped you (or rather the geraniums!) this year.

How are you coping with all the heat? This is what we have to cope with every summer.

At the moment we are enjoying (?) winter – a few sunny days but quite cold for us. The brassicas are in full swing, so am enjoying picking broccoli, boy choi and wombok as well as rainbow chard, spinach, red-veined sorrel, lettuces and radishes. have even had a few ripe strawberries!

You may recall us discussing bulbs – me buying them while yours were flowering. Well, my little Spoirot (cream petticoats) are blooming and a large pot of mixed daffs are brightening up the terrace.
Hyacinths are showing the tips of their blooms, while the little irises and crocuses are almost there. I do love this time of the year for bulbs.
I have potted them all this year, with the exception of Dutch iris which I planted out in the borders.
I must tell you this: thirty years ago I planted about 100 King Alfred daffs in the front garden and they gradually disappeared. None left 20 years ago. This week one has appeared in full bloom!!! Wonder where he’s been?
The wonders of gardening.
Hope you’re keeping well and enjoying your plants.
JAP

Posted on 30 Jul 18 (8 months ago)
Amarylis

Amarylis

Folia Helper

United Kingdom8a

Hi Jap, sorry to take so long in replying to you but I’m spending less time on here than I used to! That’s because I’ve become a Mod on 7 flower groups on Flickr these last couple of months! Revising photos takes up some of the time I might otherwise have spent on the 2 gardening forums I post on. Are you a member of any Flickr group?

I’m so pleased to hear your bulbs are now flowering! Strangely enough I was thinking about bulbs flowering “Down Under” just a few days ago! I can’t say I was thinking specifically of you but no doubt it was our conversation on bulbs that was in the back of my mind! I can’t remember anyone else now from Australia that I’ve talked to about bulbs.

I’ve written about many of my bulbs this year in the individual groups of bulbs. I’m not sure if I’ve written a journal or two on them though. I had a good spring full of colour on the balcony in spite of the difficulties at time with the weather! Just 5 months ago we were under attack from the “Beast from the East” ! You probably heard about that on the news programmes or even here on My Folia! I have photos of the balcony with my pots & troughs covered in snow on March 3rd! Now they are covered in FLOWERS by the 1,000s! (If you count the individual blooms that is!

Posted on 02 Aug 18 (8 months ago)

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