Monday, 8 September 2014

Pretty Pelagoniums

Last week the CEO and I visited the garden of a member of the Toowoomba Geranium and Pelagonium Club. There seem to be two ways to spell Pelargoniums according to Mr.Google for some reason and my spellcheck isn't happy at the moment. However.....we saw some really stunning Pelagoniums, most of which were growing in hundreds of pots as it was an extremely small garden.

When my Mum was alive I took cuttings from some Pelagoniums that she had growing in her garden but only have three or four different colours. They were a feature in many gardens years ago and I didn't realise that there were so many varieties until recently. 

It wasn't easy to get good photos as the sun was blazing down and some of the pots were up high and I couldn't reach very well to focus on the flowers so these are the best ones I was able to take. Just look at these that come up in a Google Images search.

There were all shades of pink...

...and pink...

and more pink.

 If you are coming to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers on the weekend of the 20th-21st September, there will be Pelagoniums on sale by the Geranium and Pelagonium Club.

The club will be at the Masonic Lodge Hall in 58 Neil Street, Toowoomba just up from the Empire Theatre .

My absolute favourite Pelagonium was this one, Patricia Andrea and you can see here how very beautiful they are. Apparently it is also called a Tulip Flowered Pelagonium. Isn't it just lovely?

So do call in at the Geranium and Pelagonium Club on the Saturday or Sunday of the Carnival if you are in town as there will be lots of plants for sale and they do sell out quickly so if you can make it on Saturday that would be the best day if you are keen on buying any Pelagoniums or Geraniums. 

The gardens are being prepared in all our parks and also the private gardens which have entered in the Carnival competition so the city will be a riot of colour in the coming weeks. Usually the major parks are set up with viewing platforms the week before the Carnival and it is a good time to visit before the crowds arrive on the weekend for the procession. Here are some photos of two of our major parks which I took last year....Queens Park and Laurel Bank Park.

So, if you are a keen gardener and live in the region, do come and enjoy a day or two wandering through the many parks and gardens in our city. After all it is called The Garden City.


  1. That last one is my favorite too x

  2. Sharon, I couldn't believe it was a Pelagonium when I saw it. It was quite different from the others.

  3. I hadn't realised there were so many gorgeous colours! I love the soft apricot shades:) Love them all in fact not only for their colours but for them not needing lots of TLC ... that is always a plus in dry regions.

  4. Shirley, they are very hardy plants aren't they? They would grow well where you live I imagine.

  5. I dont believe that this beautiful flower which is apparently indestructible and easily grown keeps dying on me. Im not sure what i am doing but it always goes leggy even though quite a small bush and looks awful hence my husband tells me he hates them and to get rid of it.

  6. They don't seem to like a lot of water, Lynda. Perhaps you are giving them too much TLC :-)

  7. I love Pelagonium's too. I cant believe it, I have one just like your favourite (last one). I thought it was a geranium, so it is great to find out it is not and that it has a name. I got a piece from my mum and she thinks the flowers look like tiny roses. It is easy to grow by piece. If only you lived closer I would give you some :)

    1. Thanks Tania. I do have a cutting and am nursing it along. It is quite beautiful, isn't it?


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