Pelargonium gibbosum

The young plant of pelargonium gibbosum (known as the gouty pelargonium) is now coming up to flower. It has succulent stems swollen at the nodes with blue green leaves and each flowering stork has up to 15 flowers that are green yellow in colour and have a sweet fragrance at night.

Pelargonium Species hybrid cross

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Many pelargonium hybrids like that of ‘Ardens’, ‘Lavender lass/lad’ and ‘atomic snowflake’ were created as early as the 1800s and usually hybridized between species pelargoniums.

Pelargonium ‘Ardens’ is a hybrid cross of Pelargonium Lobatum and Pelargonium fulgidum which was created in 1810, it has beautiful scarlet flowers.

Pelargonium ‘atomic snowflake’ is a hybrid cross of Pelargonium capitatum which has white blotches & stripes on the leaves, although the shape of the leaf is very similar to P. capitatum, the flowers are also similar.

Pelargonium ‘islington peppermint’ is a hybrid cross of Pelargonium tomentosum (mint scented) and pelargonium splendide (a cross between P. ovale & P. tricolor) which was again created during the 1800s, it has tiny two coloured flowers of burgundy and white and the leaves are peppermint scented like the P. tomentosum.

Pelargonium ‘Lady Plymouth’ is a hybrid cross of Pelargonium graveolens, this plant has cream variegated grey leaves that are rose/lemon scented with purplish pink flowers.

Pelargonium ‘Lavender Lad’ & ‘Lavender Lass’ are hybrid crosses of Pelargonium ionidiflorum, Pelargonium odoratissmum, Pelargonium dichondrifolium and Pelargonium australe which have bright pink flowers & lavender scented leaves.

Pelargonium ‘Lawrenceanum’ was created in 1827, believed to be a hybrid cross of Pelargonium lobatum and possibly Pelargonium ‘Ardens’, this plant has deep purple flowers that are faded along the edges and are scented at night.

Endangered species silk scarves

New hand painted scarves are now available of  birds and animals of the endangered species at this link

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The first scarf contains a pair of critically endangered Polynesian ground doves (male and female) on one side and an endangered tuamotu sand piper on the other side, also with plants and flowers, banana plant, hibiscus etc.

These birds are listed on the IUCN red list mainly due to habitat loss and newly introduced predators, The Polynesian ground doves are native to Tuamotus, French Polynesia and live in tropical forests underneath trees, shrubs and coconut palms, only about 100-120 exist in the wild.
The Tuamotu Sandpiper is native to Tuamotu Island, French Polynesia and lives in coastal areas and thickets, only 250-1000 birds exist in the wild.

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The second is a Vietnamese forest themed scarf made from 100% ponge silk containing a pair of critically endangered Saola or Asian unicorn on one side and a critically endangered Kouprey on the other, also containing plants and foliage of Vietnamese forests.

These wild Bovidae are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN redlist mainly due to habitat loss and for being hunted for their meat,horns,fur and medicinal uses.

The Saola are native to forests in Vietnam and Laos, only about 200-24 now exist in the wild. They are also known as the Asian unicorn because of their long straight horns.

The Kouprey or Grey ox were once native to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam but now may only remain in wildlife sanctuary’s and protected forests, they are believed to be extinct or very close to extinction.

These scarves would make a lovely present for a birthday, anniversary etc