G is for Geranium

Geraniums were part of my first Blogging from A to Z in April post for G in 2013.   They also feature in Gardening notes and my October flowers from 2014.  My theme for this challenge is plants.

Many people (possibly most people) associate the name geranium with the popular pot-plant (or summer bedding plant) with the botanical name pelargonium.

My photo is of a cultivated member of the geranium (or cranesbill) family.  The seeds of these plants are formed in long sharp pods, which resemble the beak (bill) of a crane.  The pink ones are the most invasive of the ones in our garden.  There are also white and bluish ones there.  They have a long flowering season and may be encouraged to go on flowering by dead-heading.


In the mild wet winter of 2015-2016 a few flowers lingered until after Christmas, although they had dropped their petals by New Year’s Day.

This is the first of my A to Z posts for 2016 not previously featured on this blog.

Sue’s Trifles blog is also Blogging from A to Z in April with very short posts.


Myths about peonies

It has been said that an established peony plant will not survive transplantation.  I remember that there were three or four red peonies in the garden of my childhood home.  One of them was not where Mum wanted it. She dug it up and gave it away several times; part of the tubers remained in the ground and it came up again.  As far as I know the donated peonies thrived.


I also remember a set of postage stamps from China with all sorts of peonies depicted on them.  I imagined they were a native flower, but a quick look in a dictionary of garden flowers indicated that they come from various parts of Asia not only from China.

Peony flowers
Peony flowers

The ones in my pictures have been transplanted successfully.  A neighbour was throwing plants out, but hubby rescued them.  These pictures were taken at the beginning of the month.  The first one was too late in the evening and the petals had closed for the night.

It is not a myth that an alternative spelling is paeony.  (Useful in Scrabble, perhaps.)

The flowering plants in the background are an unusual true geranium (cranesbill).  Pelargoniums are often know as geraniums, but they are completely different.  When I showed a friend around our garden and pointed out our geraniums, her surprise was obvious.  Most people think of pelargoniums, when they hear the name geranium.  One thing both have in common is a distinctive smell!

Can you guess which of these photos was taken the other way up?