Monday, 15 October 2012

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

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We are now coming to the end of the 2012 Season and what a very good year it has been all round.  :o) 
Many thanks to all of our Customers and a special thanks to our loyal Followers of several years; each year there are more and more of you who have caught the Scented Geranium bug!

Each year we always try and come up with fresh ideas and special offers for our website...especially for you.  We have noticed as each year has passed that quite a lot of folk like to order very early for the following Spring.  2011, we began to receive orders for March 2012 as early as the previous October.  When you order early you will be much higher up in our dispatch queue and you will be able to let us know which month in the Spring you would like to receive your order, i.e. March, April or May.  Not only will you save lots of money, you will generally receive larger sized plants.

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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Scented Geraniums are classified as HERBS

Amazing but true!!  The leaves of all Scented Leaf Pelargonium contain aromatic oils, which when disturbed release astounding fragrances.  Individual types have scents/aromas of rose, lemon, nutmeg, lime, strawberry, cinnamon, peach, apricot and there are many, many more.

Use the leaves in recipes just as you would any other herb, as we often say:

'You will only be limited by your own imagination!'

To inspire you here's a link to some recipes that we received from one of our Customers:

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Why a Scented Leaf Pelargonium is not a Scented Geranium although at one point it was....confused, you are not alone

An example of a Scented Leaf Pelargonium
that is known by 3 different names although it is
the same type:
  • Concolor Lace 
  • Filbert              
  • Shottesham Pet

Referring to a plant by its correct name is a contentious issue and the plant purists really do get on their high horses about the subject of nomenclature.  Yes, they may be correct to do so but if many people know and enjoy the scented leaf pelargonium as a scented geranium how important is this naming issue?  I pose the question are we gardeners, botanists, taxonomists or even linguists?  For the majority of us we are ordinary people who love our plants in our gardens and they provide us with immense pleasure and a rewarding relaxation or hobby.  Most of us would state that we are a gardener and we wouldn’t have a clue what a botanist or a taxonomist is or does?  And just how many of us understand Latin?  It isn’t that we are not interested but there is only so many hours, days, years in a lifetime and it is impossible to acquire knowledge about everything. 

The early Pioneers who travelled around the world as far back as in the 1600's brought back thousands of previously unknown plant specimens to the UK.  Many of these are firm favourites that we have in our gardens today.  The 'Scented Geranium' was extremely popular with the Victorians and the leaves, being classified as herbs, were extensively used in recipes.

one of the earlier types of Pelargonium Species discoveries
Species are often used as one Parent to 'create' a new cultivar
John Tradescant the younger is considered to have introduced the first pelargonium species to England during the 1620’s.  Except that he referred to the plant as a geranium and the subject of nomenclature had not been thought of or introduced at this time. 

Botanical Nomenclature is the formal, scientific naming of plants
I’ll keep this as simple and as brief as is possible to make sense, especially as I am not a Botanist. 
Many hundreds of years ago Latin was primarily the most common language spoken in European countries.  As plants were being discovered and brought back to various countries individual types of plants were often known by several different names.  Linnaeus introduced the binary system of nomenclature for plant species in his work ‘Species Plantarum (1753)’.  This system gave each plant species its own unique name which remained unaltered even when other species were added to the genus.  By the 19th Century the rules for the naming of plants were extended and the key dates are as follows:
  • 1867 – Lois de Candolle
  • 1906 – International Rules of Nomenclature, ‘Vienna Rules’
  • 1952 – International Code of Nomenclature, ‘Stockholm Code’

The ICBN currently governs all formal botanical names of plant species ensuring conformity.  The International Code for Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants is a separate code within the ICBN.

To summarise: 
  • A pelargonium was known as a geranium up until Linnaeus introduced his binary system in 1753. 
  • From 1753 and up until the present day it is officially categorised as being a pelargonium.  
  • Any cultivar hybridised from the pelargonium genus is also a pelargonium.
  • A geranium is a completely different category of plant and is mainly a perennial that we leave in our gardens all year.

Plant Taxonomy
Plant taxonomy is an empirical science and is, therefore, subjective.  They look at questions such as:
  • What plants belong to this species?
  • What species belong to this genus?
The interesting point to plant taxonomy is that should the views of taxonomist ‘A’ differ from taxonomist ‘B’ they are both entitled to their viewpoint and each will be recognised.  Even if the plant is one and the same it could well end up with more than one name which will lead to considerable confusion.  If the unique nomenclature cannot be agreed upon within the ICBN system the plant may well indeed have more than one legitimate name until further scientific research can resolve this.

The pelargonium v geranium name debate will continue without a doubt!
Scientifically it has been proven that a geranium and a pelargonium are definitely different plants.  However, my opinion is that there is also a Cultural element to this name debate and I am not referring to growing plants.  It goes back through many generations within our families and our Society and I certainly remember my Granny talking lovingly about her geraniums which she always grew and cosseted.  They were pelargonium. 
If you love a particular type of plant and you are comfortable with calling it a Scented Geranium I for one am more than happy for you to do so.  After all I fully understand what plant you are talking about and the botanical or taxonomical name will never detract from the sheer pleasure that Nature provides for us.  Is nomenclature really that important to a Gardener?  Enjoy!!

Source and further reading:

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Amazing scents/aromas of the different types of Scented Leaf Pelargonium

A stunned amazement!!  This sums up the reaction of people discovering Scented Geraniums for the first time.  The scents, strictly speaking the aromas, are unbelievable when you experience these first hand.  Not only delighfully fragrant HERBS the leaves of the pleasant smelling types of SG's are used in recipes.  We grow over 100+ different named tpes of Scented Leaf Pelargonium which have a wide varienty of scents/aromas.  Here's a few examples and for further details please browse through the photos to the right of this page:

SCENTS/AROMAS of SCENTED GERANIUMS - oils in the leaves, when disturbed release the wonderful fragrances, such as:
rose/lemon like turkish delight.....nutty.....spicy.....aromatic.....eau-de-cologne....cedar....eucalyptus......
spicy cola - yes this is pepper.....lemon balm....grapefruit.....

It's really hard to imagine that any group of plants could possibly have such an amazing array of scents/aromas but the Scented Leaf Pelargonium group really do!!

The only way to believe us is to visit our website and read the full details of each individual type

We are an Internet based Specialist Nursery and post our lovely plants throughout
the UK and Ireland

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Order during January and specify your Spring Delivery Month

January each year is the month when many enthusiastic Gardeners browse through plant catalogues and plant websites; this I might add includes myself.  Indeed, we always see a marked increase in visitors to our website from this time of the year and onwards, well in to late summer.  Scented Geraniums are a plant for all Seasons as there are individual types that are suitable for growing in the home all year round.  Being a frost tender sub-shrub they are versatile plants for all around the garden, containers, borders, hanging baskets etc., and do really well outside in the UK and Irish climate between the months of May and through to early November.  They are great value for money and with the correct care will provide lots of pleasure for many years.

The Scented Leaf group of Pelargonium are pretty plants with amazing perfumes to fill the rooms in your home with intense natural fragrance all year!  Outside, the gentlest of breezes and tiniest of insects will disturb the aromatic leaves and fill your garden with unbelievable scents.
Concolor Lace
also known as Filbert or Shottesham Pet
excellent as a house plant and in outside containers
We grow over 100+ individually named types of Scented Leaf Pelargonium and offer the largest choice of any online UK Specialist Nursery.  From the Feedback that we receive making a selection will most likely be difficult as many of our Customers would like to order each and every type.  One thing for certain is that you when you browse through our diverse and varied Collection you will be sure to find it informative and entertaining.  Have lots of fun making your very own personal choice.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

2012 Ordering Information - You may now order direct through our website for Spring Delivery

Prince of Orange
Orange scent/aroma

From December 1st we've now added Availability to Order to our website and as we say each year:  'the EarlyBirds always catch our worms as they will receive larger sized plants'! 

First Delivery for 2012 is from early March and during the Checkout Procedure you'll be able to specify which month you would prefer your plants to arrive.  This option is available for all Orders received between December and through to the end of February.

 Which Countries do we post our beautiful plants to?
All of the UK and Isles - FREE P & P
Ireland - Plus P & P
Apologies that we are no longer posting out to other EU Countries, as the Couriers are just too unreliable, which resulted in prolonged delivery delays during 2011.  We know that many of our loyal Customers will be upset to hear this.

Each year we are constantly amazed at the ever growing popularity and interest in the Scented Leaf Pelargonium group (known as Scented Geraniums to many folk).   During 2011, in particular, our website received several mentions in the UK National Press and we were immediately deluged with orders.  A really good reason to place your Order as early as possible for 2012, as we anticipate that demand for our Scented Geraniums will yet again increase on earlier years.

We grow over 100 different types of Scented Leaf Pelargonium and from the Customer Feedback that we receive making your choice will be very difficult if not entertaining.  We do hope that you enjoy it!!

Place your Order now to beat the mad Spring rush.

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Merry Christmas, send a thoughtful present of a Scented Geranium Gift Voucher

If you have a family member or a friend who loves beautiful plants here's a great Xmas Gift idea.

We are posting out the Christmas Cards now and through to the 17th December and you may select the amount you would like to include, which ranges from £15 to £75.  Click on the link for full details and to Order.

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