Sunday, April 08, 2012

Poor Man's Azalea

Pansy Flowered Geranium
Pelargonium x domesticum 'Purple Majesty’
(pe-lar-GO-nee-um) (doh-MESS-tik-um)
Synonyms: Regal Pelargonium, Martha Washington Geranium, Poor Man's Azalea

We couldn’t resist getting a couple of these flowers for the pots we planted last week. The touch of almost black makes these plants stand out. It is nice when an exotic flower is easy to grow and these plants do well in the conditions we have been experiencing. It dipped below freezing last night but the light wind seemed to keep any frost from forming. The containers are in a very protected location so I wasn’t worried about the annuals. Geraniums shouldn’t really have a problem with that and they also seem to be enjoying how dry it is right now. After the epic rains of last summer and fall we are in need of a good dousing.

Since it is Sunday here is a bonus snapshot of one of the designer Pansies we planted. This ones color is a little more subtle then most of the flowers in the mix. It was a good mix of red, white and purple. 

Viola x wittrockiana
(vy-OH-la) (wit-rok-ee-AH-na)


Betty Manousos said...

so lovely flower shots!
thanks so much for sharing!

SandyCarlson said...

That's a new one on me, thanks to you, yet again! Beautiful flowers.

Ruby said...

very beautiful flowers...

momto8 said...

love that saying! pretty funny...I showed my boys our pansies on the porch and said look at this beauty..but now you know what it means if someone calls you a pansy!!

DeniseinVA said...

Great flowers and photos, and interesting info. Thank you :)