Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pelargonium Ardwick Cinnamon

Ardwick Cinnamon is a new entry in my pelargonium bonsai collection, although it has been adopted last autumn in my garden and my kitchen  ;-) ...

It is a variety of scented pelargonium emanating an abundant cinnamon scent from its leaves at any touching of the wind, reminding us the sweet flavor of the apple pie with cinnamon or the cinnamon sugared apples - one of our favorite dessert since childhood.

Ardwick Cinnamon Scented Pelargonium

It is a very compact and dense plant, with woody stem, growing slowly in a form of the column.

Ardwick Cinnamon Scented Pelargonium - woody stem, bark and leaves
Ardwick Cinnamon woody-stem 

It is an evergreen plant with velvety silver-green leaves and small almost white flowers which are blooming repeatedly all the summer - unfortunately the flowers are sterile and the plant does not set seeds - so this plant may be propagate just from softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings.
Ardwick Cinnamon Scented Pelargonium - flowers and leaves
Ardwick Cinnamon flowers

Ardwick Cinnamon Scented Pelargonium leaves
Ardwick Cinnamon scented leaves

This variety of pelargonium with scented leaves is suitable for growing indoor or outdoor. I kept this one close to the window over the winter, then I moved it outside once the sunny days began.
I trimmed the inner leaves at the base of the branches from time to time - good opportunity to try them in my recipes - just to savour the fancy cinnamon smell in my cakes.

Although I'm looking almost every week at its progress ... I am not decided yet which bonsai style is the most suitable for its habit.


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