In the garden here at Glebe Cottage, Geranium pratense, our native cranesbill
, is in complete control during June and July.
One candidate for change was a classic double border dominated by perennials, some 40 feet long, and now mass planted with a dwarf red-twigged dogwood underplanted with cranesbill
and the cyclamineus daffodil Jenny.
Overcoming lack of recognition, cranesbills
have finally made their way into the mainstream nursery trade.
It is always fascinating to watch a flotilla of tiny bumblebees visiting Geranium phaeum, the mourning widow cranesbill
Roseanne, which is one of the most versatile of all cranesbills
and deserves a round of applause on every level.
When they have gone the characteristically long seed heads, which give this group of plants their common name of cranesbills
All you have to do is send five first-class stamps, to cover p&p, to: People Free Meadow Cranesbills
, Plant World Seeds, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 4SE.
The name geranium comes from geranos, the Greek word for the crane, which refers to the long beak of the seedpod and which gives them their common name of cranesbills
As a general rule, fibrous-rooted subjects, cranesbills
and the like, are perfectly happy growing in pots.
such as geranium psilostemon and the lower, mat-forming geranium oxonianum can be cut back tentatively removing some stems or, if you're brave enough, you can cut them right down to the base.
Rozanne', one of the most versatile of all cranesbills
, which deserves a round of applause on every level.