Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ivy Leaf Geranium
Pelargonium peltatum ‘Acapulco’
(pe-lar-GO-nee-um pel-TAY-tum)

Coming up with a new photograph every day is a challenge. The light was terrible yesterday between the thick haze and massive showers. A couple of things caught my eye. The Phlox are out strong and the daylilies keep on going. This Geranium seemed like the brightest thing in the garden; the flower color is pretty remarkable. There are six major types of Horticultural Pelargoniums. ‘Acapulco’ is an Ivy-leaved or hanging type. The Pelargoniums are native to South Africa and were first cultivated before 1600. The plant was introduced to England after John Tradescant brought the seeds to Paris around 1630.

This Geranium seems equally at home sprawling over a rock as it does in a container. It is hardy down to about 25 degrees F, so it is best taken indoors or treated as an annual.

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