Colourful Pelargoniums

Colourful beds of pelargoniums, and the long path as we walk back to our motel. The solid-pink pelargonium beds in photos 1 and 3 are set in a huge circular lawn with a band rotunda in the centre. Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland on 25 February. New Zealand.

Text and photos 1,2,4 by Liz, photo 3 by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2022)

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  1. I like these big solid blocks of colour. To me, they look better than the usual much more fussy way they’re used in bedding schemes here, where they’re in very regimented arrangements with lots of other plants and colours. This feels bolder and more modern.

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  2. I’d never heard the word ‘pelargonium’ until I came across it in a British gardener’s blog. I assumed her flower was the same as what I called ‘geranium.’ I finally took a look this morning after seeing your ‘geranium beds,’ and found this:

    “The main difference between Pelargonium and Geranium is the shape of their flowers; the two upper petals of Pelargonium flowers are different from the three lower petals, whereas the five petals of Geranium flowers are identical.” Different genera, too. We have a wild geranium that’s an early bloomer and that shows up everywhere, but its flowers are so tiny, you’d hardly notice them. The next time I see some geraniums for sale, I’ll take a look at their petals.

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    1. We have some wonderful native geraniums! Pelargoniums are showy colours and some are very scented but they’re usually grown in pots down here in the south and sheltered over the winter. In warm, dry, sheltered micro-climates though, I’ve seen them growing wild on banks – in parts of Dunedin and Otago Peninsula for instance.


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