Hardy Geraniums, I love. There are so many to choose from, some with quite short flowering periods, others which claim to flower throughout the Summer.
There are dwarf ones, tall ones, and hundreds in between, colours in shades of pink,purple, blue, white and even red.
Finding out yourself which ones you like or those which you are not so fond of can be fun, but rather expensive if you keep getting it wrong. In the Spring of 2010 we had a position in the front garden where we decided a blue geranium would be just ideal. We were after one which did not grow higher than 30/40cm and would spread reasonably well without the trailing effect of Anne Folkard.
In the past we had one called Rozanne which grew a bit too tall in our garden for the position which we now wanted one for. This time we settled on Jolly Bee,and what a result. The plants were only in 9cm pots and I felt that I would not find out the true performance until the following year.
However by the beginning of June they started to flower and put on a good show for six weeks, after which I tidied up the plants removed dead heads and some of the faded foliage.Within 10 days Jolly bee started to flower profusely again and continued until early November. They have performed equally as well again this year. The abundant flowers are a bright mid blue with a white centre, so glad we got this plant. The bad news is, I dont think you can, I do suspect that you will get Rozanne even if it is being advertised as Jolly Bee. It appears that the growers of Rozanne decided that Jolly Bee was identical to their plant and a big fight got up.
Well I am afraid Jolly Bee lost out and apparently had to be taken off the market. OK, the flowers did look very much the same but the performance and height differed greatly in our Aberdeen garden and the profusion of flowers has been much greater with Jolly Bee.
Hardiness – fully hardy
Availability – sorry
With the sun starting to go down on an early October evening, The light seemed just right for this.
This Silver Birch in my neighbour Millies garden comes alive in the evening sunshine. After losing one of our own Birch trees its a bonus to see this from our back garden.
The exaggerated hues of the Rowan tree Joseph Rock in our woodland is brought about with the intensity of the evening sunshine.
Looking towards our woodland area in early October the Autumn shades are being exaggerated by the evening sunshine.
A few Roses are still hanging on.
The single flowers of Rosa Sweet Haze have a simple charm which is so very easy to overlook.
The climbing Rose Compassion had become very woody, and on the advice of a fellow blogger, Myra cut it hard back. It has rejuvenated and is now offering a few blooms in early October. If you were that blogger please accept my apologies for forgetting your name.
The Rose de rescht after flowering profusely in July normally gives a good second flush in early September. Not so willing this year, the bloom above opening on 4th of October is one of a very few.
A few late blooms on the unknown climbing Rose in the round garden is a welcome treat.
I suppose its photographed quite well. However to be quite honest I cant stand this HT Rose Buxom Beauty, the blooms are absolutely enormous and in the Aberdeen weather usually look a sorry state. Myra likes it, so there it will stay until I manage to persuade her of its true attributes —right and pigs can fly! photo taken on 5th October.
Laura Anne with a few blooms remaining in October, a great Cockers HT Rose which is no longer available in the UK. A Google search a few months back showed a grower in Canada still supplying it.
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