The young plant Pelargonium tongaense, native to areas of Natal in South Africa is now flowering, it has up to 10 brightly coloured red flowers on each flowering stalk that can attract butterflies and other insects, it also has light green Triangular lobed leaves.
A few pelargoniums are now flowering as the more frequent spring like days & the warming rays of the sun, also some rainfall that encourages growth. Pelargonium glutinosum, P. denticulatum, P. odoratissimum and P. inquians are the first to flower, other types now have buds so should flower quite soon such as P. quercifolium, P. scabrum and P. vitifolium. Also Many birds, butterflies and other wildlife are arriving in the garden.
P. curviandrum is another rare pelargonium, it is a geophyte ( remains dormant in Summer) with a woody tuber that is long or circular in form. The leaves are positioned low down and are large & oval in shape with an upright flower stem which contains white or cream flowers with purple markings on the upper petals, this plant is native to areas of the Little Karoo in the Southern Cape mainly in mountains.
Many Pelargoniums are now flowering in Springtime among other lovely plants in the garden, flowers of pinks, purples, oranges and fresh green foliage all add beauty to the surroundings. Scented pelargoniums of P. denticulatum, P. odoratissmum, P. quercifolium and Vitifolium have now started to flower.
The young plant Pelargonium papilionaceum is growing well and when mature it has beautiful flowers with large upper petals that resemble that of a butterfly and ranges in colour from light to dark pink.
The leaves are scented but often have an unpleasant smell which is used as a tobacco substitute, But makes a lovely garden plant because of it elegant flowers.
Beautiful pelargoniums in Spili, Crete with a view of the mountains above.
In mediterranean villages the use of Pelargoniums are very popular ( although not always the species kind) and are frequently found growing over balconies and in large pots, it shows how you can make your garden more attractive by adding colour and beauty to the surroundings. These pictures were taken in the villages of Spili & Mourne in Crete, Greece which have many of these colourful plants outside the churches, cafes and restaurants.