Day 196: stellar pelargoniums

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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Of all the pelargoniums, the stellars are among my favourite to grow. Of course, their lobed leaves are a novelty when you’ve been used to the closely related zonal varieties (many stellars also have a ‘zonal’ patch of darker pigment ringing the leaf blade), but it’s the crazy star-like flowers that get me every time, and none more so than the blooms on ‘Vectis Glitter’, each one a figure in red paint-splattered pantaloons, mostly white, the occasional petal completely covered in red. Just as vigorous as their zonal cousins, for which I am grateful today, having just clumsily knocked a whole stem off one plant. Shoved, with little ceremony, into a pot of fresh compost, it will root in no time. Free plants – I could almost pretend I did it deliberately. 


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