PELARGONIUM or GERANIUM

P. These free-flowering and attractive perennials make a grand pot display or in die border, if put out after the frosts are over. As bedders they will flower out of doors from early May till autumn, if seed heads are carefully removed. They have recently become popular again and are no longer regarded as old-fashioned, Victorian plants.

There are double as well as single flowered varieties and variegated, dark-leaved, ivy-leaved, zonal and other handsomely foliaged sorts. As a rule, however, the best, bearing fine trusses of bloom, have ordinary green foliage. Knock out of pots carefully and plant firmly in loose soil in the position they are to occupy for the season, in light soil and sunny position. They have a bold effect, and when all of one variety and colour are grouped together, they are seen at their best. Take cuttings late July and strike in frame or greenhouse, taking care when they are rooted to protect from frost.

The bedding types can be potted up and wintered on a sunny window sill in a living room, provided the temperature is reasonably even at all times. The soil should be kept slightly moist by occasional watering. Alternatively, the soil may be removed from the plants which are then hung up in a dry, frost-proof shed or greenhouse.

The bedding geraniums are really zonal pelargoniums. There are numerous varieties, nearly all worth a place in the garden, in various shades of scarlet, crimson, salmon, orange, pink, carmine and purple.

Recommended Varieties.

Anais Leglais: salmon-pink. Double.

Buccleuch Gem: coral-red. Double.

Caledonia: pale lilac-pink. Single.

Cresta: pure white. Single.

Elizabeth Cartwright: crimson flushed orange with small white eye. Single.

Emile Belmont: orange-scarlet. Double.

Gustav Emich: vermilion-scarlet. Semi-double. Used for bedding on the outskirts of Buckingham Palace.

Hermine, Hermione or Heroine: white. Double.

King of Denmark: pale pink. Semi-double.

Maid of Perth: pale purple. Single.

Maxim Kovalesky: vivid orange. Single.

M. Emit David: rich magenta with a white centre. Double.

Mrs Chaplin: reddish-violet. Semi-double.

Paul Crampel: the well-known single scarlet.

Pierre Courtoise: crimson. Double.

Skellfs Pride: warm cerise with fimbriated petals. Single.

Staplegrove Fancy: white with mottled red edges.. Single.

Sunrise: scarlet and rose. Single.

Victor Hugo: pale Tyrian rose. Single.

Scented-leaved Pelargoniums. Pelargonium odoratissimum is apple-scented, Prince of Orange orange-scented, Pretty Polly almond-scented and P. radula balsam-scented.

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