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CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 20, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #7084555

This geranium (Wilhelm Languth) has been giving almost double blooms all summer.
It has green leaves touched with white.
Definitely a keeper. The grower obviously does not use dwarfing chemicals as it has grown taller over the summer.

This message was edited Sep 20, 2009 12:14 PM

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echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

September 20, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #7084660

This is one that I have kept over for several years. Always reliable for me.
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 22, 2009
12:29 AM

Post #7089536

Caroline,

That is a gorgeous geranium. Love the foliage
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 22, 2009
4:45 AM

Post #7090548

Caroline - how do you get 'em to grow sideways like that??? LOL.

Gorgeous foliage

Joanne
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 26, 2009
2:13 PM

Post #7106154

Growing sideways is because I "rotate to right" and "save" but when I post they go back to sideways? Played with that a long time and haven't figured it out.
Any ideas?


This plant was from the Zoo bus tour of garden centers -----the garden center near Bowden.
I want to go back there next spring, now that I know they do not use dwarfing chemicals.

This message was edited Sep 26, 2009 8:29 AM
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 26, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #7106426

Oh yes, that's my favorite place to visit on the Zoo bus tour. E & M Woodland Farm Greenhouse, Innisfail.
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 26, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #7106430

This is one of the "Black Velvet" series that I grew from seed this year [Violist (Theresa) got me interested in these for the dark foliage]. I'm going to take some cuttings this year and see how they do.

Joanne

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CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 27, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #7109623

The "Black Velvet" series is beautiful. What flower colours do they offer?
Richter's Herbs had seeds for these one year and I started them, but don't remember
how they flowered.


Interesting site for rare pelargoniums is at: Holtgeraniums.com
They have a large number of different ones.

This message was edited Sep 27, 2009 4:47 PM
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 7, 2009
4:02 AM

Post #7143417

Caroline
My favorite is the Mrs Polack, the foliage is tri colored and the flower is a glowing orange which pops against the cream green and burgundy leaves.
I am hunting for a good photo to show you. I too take cuttings and have mine started just in time before the -7 for tonight.
Ann
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 7, 2009
4:10 AM

Post #7143436

I'm here again and here is the Mrs Polack geranium.
Ann

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violist
Calgary
Canada

October 17, 2009
4:49 AM

Post #7178458

I have that geranium and did not know what it is Ann. I LOVE it too. I have about twenty types now and am taking cuttings of all of them. I have spent a lot of hours on the Holt site too CL. There are some fabulous types there and great articles. I started a new batch of black leaf ones this year which I will over winter, but I will likely start some from seed again too.

Theresa
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

October 20, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7190556

That Mrs. Polack is stunning. I like your grouping of plants.
I am saving some geraniums and cuttings.
Also trying to root cuttings of begonias---since tubers are frozen in pots.
Have a dark leaved begonia with white flowers which I am trying to root from cuttings.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 20, 2009
9:31 PM

Post #7190839

Thanks Caroline!
I have been saving her for 3 winters and this would have been the 4th but I missed it.
I hope my cuttings make it I only took 8 and that was just before a killing frost.
Let me know of your begonia cuttings make it. I was able to save 6 of my begonia corms and am now drying them to see if they will be good to keep. It would have been nice to take cuttings instead.
Ann

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 21, 2009
3:39 PM

Post #7193592

Ann, do you cut your geraniums down leaving but a few inches? I've 2 or 3 ready to come inside this weekend, think I'll over winter them
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 21, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #7194236

Betty
I have tried a couple of ways: Cut them back and put in a cold(not quite freezing) place for the winter and bring to warmth as spring approaches. Take cuttings and keep them in a cooler light place till spring. Bring plant in keep by window and keep cool. Bare root them , cut them back a bit, leave in a dark cool place. In every instance they need to be kept fairly dry while they are dormant. If they get leggy you may have them too warm
Ann
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

October 22, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #7196831

Geraniums are fairly forgiving of any treatment.
I cut them back, keep the cuttings, and place the potted geranium in north windows which are coolest part of this house. If they get too lanky , then I cut them back again.
They often flower over the winter which is a pleasant surprise when winter is too long.
Grow_Jo
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 22, 2009
6:18 PM

Post #7197482

Oops. I forgot to take cuttings of my Black Velvet ones. Guess I'll just start them from seed again.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 22, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #7197898

Check out this website for some gorgeous geraniums -
http://www.holtgeraniums.com/index.htm
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

October 23, 2009
1:15 PM

Post #7199996

Yes, that appears to be a good site. I have not ordered from them---has anyone else ordered from them?
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 23, 2009
2:27 PM

Post #7200183

Not yet = I keep planning to but never get around to it!
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 23, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #7201220

I loved that site and have bookmarked it for the spring!
Thank you Carol.
Ann
violist
Calgary
Canada

October 24, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #7202153

I have spent hours at that site thanks to fancyvan. Wow it is beautiful. I am going to place a fall order so will keep you posted. Theresa
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 24, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #7203374

Fancyvan,

That is a great website. Thanks for sharing.

An awesome book that may be of interest is Geraniums & Pelargoniums by John Feltwell: A Firefly Book

The book references Holt Geraniums in it as a world-wide supplier with over 1500 different kinds to offer.

Joanne
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 24, 2009
3:20 PM

Post #7203397

Yes but you will see when she puts up her ready to shipping list in the spring that she might not have any of some or very many of others.

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