|Pelargonium 'Crystal Palace Gem' shows off its |
central butterfly blotch
|Pelargonium 'Mosaic Silky' has veins to die for.|
I sent for seven additional varieties from a mail order plant emporium that seems to be the most interesting game in town where pellies are concerned.
Geraniaceae.com has a huge selection of Pelargonium you've never heard of--which makes me want them even more.It's a huge family, consisting of varieties grown for their fancy leaves, those that look more like succulents, still others with flowers resembling Azaleas or even roses. In short, there is a pellie (or six) for every taste.
For growing indoors in winter, you can't beat the fancy leaved varieties.
Two of my latest acquisitions have a chartreuse tone going on. 'Crystal Palace Gem' is an old variety, named in the late 19th century, possibly in reference to the Crystal Palace that was built to house the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1861. And 'Mosaic Silky'? Who could ignore the lemon-yellow veins coursing along the chartreuse leaves? And although they both have respectably fancy flowers, I'm just fine without them for the time being.
|Pelargonium 'Cy's Red' in November.|
|'Cy's Red' flowers, mid-May.|
The Geranium family is huge and varied, which makes them even more fun to collect. I'll never have the time, space or money to "collect them all," but I'm pretty sure I won't get tired of them any time soon.