Monday, May 16, 2011

Fruit -scented pelargoniums

If you are not yet a scented pelargonium enthusiast ... for sure their scents will make you easily to love them if you are lucky enough to touch and smell  any fruity scented pelargoniums ...

In some of my previous posts, I already told you about citrus scented pelargoniums: which are growing naturally in form of a column like  Pelargonium crispum (Frensham Lemon and Citronella) and  Pelargonium Citrosum: (Prince of Orange and Citrosa) and  also about coconut scented geranium aka pelargonium grossularioides or Pelargonium parriflorum.  All of them have small and smooth leaves and strong, crisp scent.

Fruit-scented miniature garden with Apple scented pelargonium / geranium
Fruit-scented miniature garden with Apple scented pelargonium / geranium



This year our collection of scented pelargoniums, geraniums was enlarged with  few more varieties: Pelargonium Odoratissimum 'Apple' aka Apple scented geranium; Pelargonium "Pink Nutmeg" and Pelargonium x Fragrans " Tutti Frutti". All of them seem to be prolific bloomers, being covered with  white or lavender blossoms all the spring and the summer.

Fruit-scented miniature garden with nutmeg scented pelargonium / geranium
Fruit-scented miniature garden with nutmeg scented pelargonium / geranium


The "Apple" scented pelargonium , as the name suggested, has rounded, slightly crinkled leaves with a strong apple scent. It is a spreadable plant and has tiny white flowers on long, sprawling stems.

Pelargonium Odoratissimum / apple scented  geranium flowers
 Pelargonium Odoratissimum (apple scented)  flowers



The "Tutti-Frutti" variety is a compact growing plant which has a delightful fruity-spicy scent. Derived from P. x Fragrans ( similar with "Old Spice" variety), this plant has small, soft and crinkled leaves and is a delightful dwarf scented pelargonium variety.

Tutti Fruity scented pelargonium flowers and leaves
Tutti Fruity scented pelargonium flowers and leaves




The " Pink Nutmeg" variety has rounded, fan shaped leaves with nutmeg-spicy flavor and a slightly chocolate undertone beneath the nutmeg fragrance.

Pink Nutmeg scented pelargonium flowers and leaves
Pink Nutmeg scented pelargonium flowers and leaves

All of them are sweet-smelling evergreen perennials sensitive to over-watering which love to be situated in a spot where the morning sun is generous with their leaves.  If I'm thinking more, all of them are spreadable plants with a lot of leaves and with no stem, so it is best to keep these charming plants arranged as miniature gardens (don' t you like to see a fruit scented saikei ? ;-) ). It is really intriguing the way they smell when you brush any fruity scented leaf.
I like to add more varieties of scented leaf pelargoniums, geraniums to my garden, even some of them are difficult to grow in Vancouver's climate. Their leaves can be dried and used in potpourris or placed in sachets, so I'll dry some of the trimmings for my next projects.




I love to discover by myself the scents of their leaves and their aromas,  and to "play" with their leaves; to whirl one or two fruity scented leaves with sugar in a blender to get instant flavor in my teas and to brush feathery against their highly aromatic foliage every morning to release their sweet scent that encourages me to breathe deeply and to enjoy their blossoms...

Fruit-scented miniature garden with Tutti- Fruity scented pelargonium / geranium
Fruit-scented miniature garden with Tutti- Frutti scented pelargonium / geranium

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