Friday, May 29, 2009

Flame Pillar Geranium

Flame Pillar Geranium
Pelargonium x hortorum 'Pillar Flame'
(pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (hor-TOR-um)

These geraniums were growing at Valley View Greenhouses. I hadn’t seen the pillar type before and just had to have two of them. They were growing a couple of different varieties and all the colors were nice but ‘Flame’ really caught my eye. It was quite a good deal (I am not going to post the price) and so far they have been doing great.

For maintenance we have been picking off the dead flowers and occasionally tucking branches up into the framework of the trellis it came with. It isn’t really a trellis it is more like a modified and much smaller tomato cage. It was amazing to me that at least three or four people came up to me and asked where I had got the geraniums and were there any left while I was loading up the Jeep.

Here is a quick link to the care of Pillar Geraniums:

We just finished a fairly big planting job in Pound Ridge. It was adding a lot of flowers, shrubs and trees to an existing garden. There was a lot of transplanting to be done. It was nice to move some of the semi-functioning and non-functioning plants out to the edges and add the things that have been doing well over the years. Of course I slipped in a few new things, too. Today we are planting a lot of annuals down in New Rochelle.

I learned something making this post. It is probably common knowledge but when a geranium is said to have ‘zoned’ foliage that means their “leaves are marked by distinct bands - or zones - of darker pigments” according to Alice B. Russell on this NCSU informative page about all types of geraniums.

1 comment:

Anne@ silk bouquets said...

Wow, I love that Flame Pillar Geranium flower, Fantastic shots.