“When in doubt….

….plant a geranium”
Words attributed to Margery Fish because of the versatility of this genus.  Geranium Rozanne was voted as Plant of the Century at Chelsea this year, so obviously a lot of gardeners agree with her.

I’ve had a few days as mistress of my own time, so I planned in some National Collection visits.  Geranium nodosum ‘Silverwood’ has been the subject of a previous post and when I met Collection Holder Joan Taylor at the recent AGM I arranged to go and see her collection.

Joan Taylor

Joan’s garden is well sheltered and a backdrop of interesting shrubs encircle beds full of Geranium and Joan’s other passion – old roses.

Rosa 'De Resht'

Rosa ‘De Resht’

Joan is running down her nursery but still grows plants for special occasions, including plants for the display on the Delphinium Society stand at Chelsea and some specimens of ‘Silverwood’ for the display in our Marquee at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July.

Geranium nodosum 'Silverwood'

Geranium nodosum ‘Silverwood’ just coming into flower

Joan is always on the lookout for the unusual and has many seedlings on trial in her garden.

Geranium nodosum seedling on trial

Geranium nodosum seedling on trial

Although her Collection is G. nodosum Joan grows many other types including this delightful G. x oxonianum ‘Laura Skelton’.

Geranium oxonianum 'Laura Skelton'

Joan told me that G. ‘Silverwood’ is being micropropagated which means that she is no longer the only source of the plant; disappointing for her as she raises funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association through sales of this cultivar.  So if you buy one of these beautiful plants from another source – you might like to consider making a donation to MNDA.

Robin Moss is responsible for the ‘Hexham ….’ cultivars as he comes from up north.  Joan’s garden is open by appointment and she clearly loves showing visitors around her beautiful garden and enthusing them about geraniums.

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2 Responses to “When in doubt….

  1. A useful post as my allotment association is currently restoring a communal garden full of old roses and looking for ideas for underplanting.

  2. gillians says:

    I would suggest that you contact Joan as she will tell you which are the best Geranium for a long flowering season

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