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EAT YOUR HEART OUT—CULTIVARS WE DON’T HAVE

By Wayne Handlos

           

‘Trendi Dee May’                 ‘Trendi Lipstick’                    ‘Trendi Star Trek’               ‘Ansbrook Mars’                ‘Kay Ilott’

                                                                               

          ‘Nano Red                                                     ‘Nano Deep Rose’                     'Ansbrook Mulberry Blotch’

An interesting website from Western Australia can be found at

www.geraniumcottage.com. This site lists many cultivars including those introduced

by Roger Broinowski. While the latest year is 2007, there are wonderful

colors and patterns in the cultivars shown that are not commercially

available here. Check all the picture links. Three of their Trendi cultivars from

the website are shown in the left column.

Another intriguing website from Annie Holmes can be found at www.zonalgeraniums.

ansbrook.co.uk/ This is the website of the daughter of Francis Parmenter

for whom a variegated leaf ivy geranium is named. She has hybridized

a number of cultivars most of which are not available here but which clearly

are meritorious. Some of her cultivars bear the prefix ‘Ansbrook.’ She has

used various stellars and formosum types of plants to produce unusual plants,

including those with fringed/toothed petals as well as some with deeply lobed

leaves as seen in various formosum types. ‘Kay Ilott’ is a miniature with a proportionately

large flower.

A Spanish group has been producing cultivars particularly suited to the Mediterranean

climate. They have four lines of Pelargonium with the following

names: Costa Daurada for 12 cultivars of ivy geraniums; Costa Brava for

green leafed sorts of zonal geraniums; Dark Costa Brava for 16 variations of

dark green leafed zonal geraniums; and Costa Barcelona for five different regal

cultivars. All of the various types can be seen on

www.geranioscosta.gruproig.com/en/ or www.gruproig.com/ Follow the various

links to see all of the color types available in Europe.

A Dutch group has produced seeds for dwarf (or at least small) zonals bearing

the prefix Nano. These can be seen at www.hemzaden.com They produce

various plants so check out the group(s) you are interested in. A picture of

‘Nano Red’ from the National Garden Bureau is found on page 4 of this newsletter

while ‘Nano Deep Rose’ (below) is displayed in a pot.

(N.B. All illustrations are taken from the websites mentioned in the text.)