Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pelargonium Charity

"Charity"  is one of the scented pelargoniums with amazing variegated foliage. Its foliage has irregular golden-lime edges around the dark-shaded green center.
It is a tender evergreen perennial which needs protection over winter and grow like crazy in direct sunlight. It has a vigorous upright growing habit with bushy branches, similar with most lemon-rose scented pelargoniums, thus our plant is shaped in a columnar style.
Pelargonium Charity - the stem grows columnar with bushy branches
Pelargonium Charity - the stem grows columnar with bushy branches

Pelargonium "Charity" is another plant from our collection which was awarded with "Award of Garden Merit (AGM)", being recommended to grow by Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) (like Pelargonium Frank Headley). 

Pelargonium Charity variegated leaves
Pelargonium Charity variegated leaves

The leaves are deeply lobed, hairy, with a soft texture and at any touch it is released a powerful smell of citrus with rose notes. I like to use them to decorate my dishes and to add flavor in cooking , especially in deserts: ice-cream, scented sugar, poached fruits or herbal ice-tea.

Pelargonium Charity flowers
Pelargonium Charity flowers

Scented Pelargonium "Charity" is known also as Lemon-rose Geranium "Charity". The flowers are typical for lemon-rose varieties of scented pelargoniums, growing in clusters of 5-7 small lavender-pink  flowers with darker markings on the upper petals.

Pelargonium Charity flowers and leaves in sunlight
Pelargonium Charity flowers and leaves in sunlight

It is a prolific bloomer, has a dense foliage and once the plant is aging,  the stems became woody.

The contrast between the color of the leaves and the flowers looks really stunning in the sunlight - even the bear is amazed by it ;-).

Pelargonium Charity woody stem, with bear figure
Pelargonium Charity woody stem

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Village Fair II, Cates Park

The "Village Fair II 2012" is an event with historical meaning to Vancouver. It is more a revival event of the 1971 hippy “Renaissance-type Faire” from Cates Park ( Whey- Ah - Wicken meaning "Facing the wind" ), when musicians, crafters, minstrels, artisans, and performers of all kinds created an unique Village Fair for North Vancouver's people.

Cates Park plaque , Whey-ah-Wichen, Facing the wind
Cates Park plaque 

The 2012 Festival (August 11th & 12th) will be held just off Dollarton Highway near Deep Cove, alongside Cates Park's walkways, at approximately 100 yards from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (people of the Inlet), on their land.
What do you expect to find there?:  live music, dancers, community groups, and other performers,  food, face painters and, of course, you'll find various artworks, paintings and crafts.

Tsleil- Waututh Nation welcoming plaque
Tsleil- Waututh Nation welcoming plaque

The vending area will be accommodated on the north-west side of the park, west of the children’s playground.  We will be there with our scented living crafts, miniature gardens and bonsai that we hope you  find inspiration with scented gifts or treasure for your beloved ones.

See you there!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Erodium x Variabile 'Album' bonsai

Since last year, we've included varieties of erodiums in our green spot. Erodiums are related to pelargoniums (our favorites) being also members of  the botanical family Geraniaceae.
Geraniaceea family  has five genera: Geranium (cranesbill), Pelargonium(storksbill), Erodium (heron's bill) , Sarcocaulon (succulents) and Monsonia. Erodiums have radially symmetrical flowers (actinomorphic) with 5 petals and sepals with similar size and shape and 5 fertile stamens.

Erodium x Variable Album, Baby Swiss Geranium mame bonsai ( 5cm high / 6 cm wide)
Erodium x Variable Album mame bonsai ( 5cm high / 6 cm wide)

Erodium x variabile 'Album' is an evergreen perennial plant hardy down to 15-20 degrees native to European alpine areas, which survives well outside in Vancouver's winter mild temperatures (rarely fall into teens). It is known also as "Baby Swiss Geranium", "Erodium reichardii Album" or "White Heron's-bill". Actually, most alpine varieties of erodiums, with tiny growing habit and flowers blooming almost year round (starting from the beginning of March), make an amazing evergreen ground-cover in miniature landscapes, rock gardens, gravel beds, saikei, and, why not, nice specimens of mame-bonsai.

I really like their star-shaped small white flowers with pink fine veins that flowers the entire season long and their vitality.   Easy to care plants, prefer full sun and well draining soil. The warm period is boosting their growth, making them to spread quite freely (this is why sometimes it is considered a weedy plant) . In spring, we separated this little guy (you can propagate erodiums by division in spring or by seeds) and it became our first erodium mame-bonsai.

Erodium x Variable Album - white heron's-bill flower and hairy leaves
Erodium x Variable ' Album' - white heron's-bill flower and hairy leaves

Leaves are a deep green, hairy and slightly serrated, growing in a form of a dense rounded cushion no higher than 5 cm at the center. The pot is 5 cm high / 6 cm wide and the trunk at base (actually a prolonged root) has more than 1 cm - it is quite difficult to take a picture of it underneath of the foliage's umbrella.  

Erodium xVariable Album mame bonsai
Erodium xVariable Album mame bonsai

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pelargonium Zonale 'Frank Headley'

Pelargonium "Frank Headley" is a beautiful variegated pelargonium zonale with silvery-green foliage awarded with "Award of Garden Merit (AGM)" .  Actually, the "AGM award" indicates that a plant is recommended by Royal Horticultural Society as a plant with outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use which is easy to care and is not susceptible to any pest or disease.

Pelargonium zonale Frank Headley in bloom
Pelargonium zonale "Frank Headley" in bloom

Pelargonium "Frank Headley'  is a prolific bloomer with purplish-pink flowers bursting from spring to autumn. This dwarf showy plant is an exquisite addition to any garden.

Pelargonium Frank Headley flower (with variegated sepals)
Pelargonium Frank Headley flower (with variegated sepals)

Its rounded leaves are shaded with irregular splotches of silvery-white on the edges and a colored dark-green spot in the center. It  is a tender perennial plant which reaches maturity in 2-5 years and can be kept for longer periods if overwintered indoor.

Although is said that this plant will not come true from seed, we will make our try with some of the ripen seeds (the plant has already seedpods).

Pelargonium zonale, x Hortorum, Frank Headley blooms with flowers, flower-buds and seedpods
Pelargonium zonale "Frank Headley" blooms with flowers, flower-buds and seedpods

Member of Geraniaceae family, the Botanical Name is Pelargonium x Hortorum "Frank Headley". It is also known as a fancy-leaved pelargonium  "Frank Headley" or garden geranium (hortorum is genitive plural of latin "hortus"= garden). Pelargoniums zonale are very popular in flower beds, containers, jardinieres and window boxes due to their multicolored abundant flowers and the wide range of variation in foliage colors, texture and markings.

 "Frank Headley"'s is a hybrid with pink flowers and fancy leaves which bring color into my garden. My only regret is that the leaves have no scent, nor the flowers ;-)

Pelargonium zonale, x Hortorum, Frank Headley in bloom potted in coral-pink ceramic pot
Pelargonium Zonale 'Frank Headley' -
The coral-pink pot displayed on floral painted table make an eye-catching arrangement


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Short Film, Geranium (Sardunya)

The Geranium / Sardunya  short movie, realized in 2008 by Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, received  " Best Balkan Short Film" award at Filmini 2.0 - International Short Film Festival 2008 held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Born in Istambul in 1988, Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun produced his first short film "The sleep" in 2005,  "Geranium" being the second one of his filmography. This movie is an intriguing story of a street vendor selling pirated movie CDs which was written, edited and directed by him.

The Geranium plant started from a cutting,  grows swiftly and  became the focus point, its evolution marking the time passing. ( I really like the florist's expression:  "We give you a branch, you water it and it turn to a flower in two days." ).

The film action revolves around it until the geranium started to bloom, being somehow detached by the real world, this making an intriguing and original story.


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