Thursday, April 3, 2014

My favorite plant this week: Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet'

My favorite plant this week is Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet.'  It has been calling out for attention for the past few weeks, since it started blooming.  I bought 3 plants in early January, attracted by the green and creamy white, crinkled foliage.  The flowers were described as pansy-like and indeed they are.

Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet'

Close-up of foliage



The 3 plants are grouped together in the bed that formerly held our Eucalyptus tree.  A Geranium 'Tiny Monster' weaves around them.

Pelargonium shown with underplanting of Geranium 'Tiny Monster'



I'd never seen the plant in flower and I was concerned that the blooms might clash with surrounding plants but the upper reddish plum petals pick up the color of the nearby Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost' and the Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey.'





Pelargoniums do very well here.  They can get by with limited water and, while they can handle full sun, they don't mind a little shade.  Most take our summer heat in stride.  One of the 'Oldbury Duet' also survived being dug up by a visiting raccoon.

The label that came with my plants said these will grow 15 inches (38 cm) tall and wide.  They're reportedly hardy to 25-30F (-4C).  This Pelargonium originates from South Africa and falls into the "angel" category.

Pelargonium 'Oldbury Duet' is my contribution to the weekly meme hosted by Loree of danger garden.  You can see Loree's status report on her roster of favorites here and connect to other gardeners' favorite picks for the current week.

22 comments:

  1. Kris, I just love that two-toned flower and the gold-edged leaves! Wow! What an impact! I don't think we use enough pelargoniums around here. They are succulent and don't wilt! Wildly successful plants. Minimum water. Low maintenance. And ... many different varieties. Where did you get this one?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This one came from the local Armstrong Garden Center, Jane (purchased in January of this year). I think the grower may have been Monterey Bay Nursery.

      Delete
  2. That's one richly bright pelargonium Kris, love it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It certainly can't be ignored, can it?

      Delete
  3. That's a great Pelargonium, beautiful flowers and fantastic foliage too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The foliage was the principal reason for the purchase, Alison - even with the description on the tag, I wasn't sure what the flowers would look like.

      Delete
  4. This one is fabulous ! What great foliage..this looks like a 'Martha Washington' cultivar ? I just can't grow them at all here , the geranium bud worms ruin them, and they don't overwinter. I'll just enjoy your photos instead.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's too bad they're not hardy in your area, Kathy. Geranium bud worm?! (shudder)

      Delete
  5. Lovely colours; presume you can overwinter them in the ground there? Lucky you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, there's no problem over-wintering them. We really don't get much of a winter - our temperatures rarely dip anywhere near freezing.

      Delete
  6. Just shows our climates aren't the same; yours is truely Mediterranean while mine deffinately is not! (even though I'm only 40 miles from the Mediterranean sea). I've never seen geraniums used with Pelagoniums and I think they work brilliantly together.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The Geranium and Pelargonium do seem to cohabit reasonably well - as a rule, the Pelargonium can get by with less water but they don't seem to be bothered by a touch extra.

      Delete
  7. I can't help it "cute" is the word that springs to mind here. That foliage is pretty fabulous and the flowers look like tropical pansies. Nice find!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's very pansy-like and pansies are indeed among the cutest flowers.

      Delete
  8. You chose the perfect spot for them Kris. I love how their colour compliments those growing round about. I saw similar plants here for sale last year - I hope I see them again ;).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If internet sources are to be believed, 'Oldbury Duet' apparently won some sort of 'Best in Show' prize from a UK Pelargonium/Geranium society in years past, Angie, so I'd expect the plant would be available somewhere there across the pond.

      Delete
  9. Delicate leaves on the geranium!
    Agree that it can get strange translations.
    Struggling with translation into English so it can get a little weird komentarer from me.
    best regards
    Mariana

    ReplyDelete
  10. It is a real beauty, both the flowers and the leaves are lovely. I am going to see if I can find it here.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The first thing I noticed is the gorgeous foliage, and beautiful blooms are a fantastic bonus. They look great where you have placed them, and they seem to be flourishing in their new home. Lucky plants to be under the care of such a great gardener!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've never tried to grow these, but they look so pretty in your garden! Love that foliage - it looks great with the geranium foliage, too. And the blooms are so sweet. I can see why it would be named a favorite!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I had a lovely such plant last year and loved it. Everyone that saw it also loved it, but alas, it froze this winter and isn't coming back up from the roots, so beware of its frost sensitivity. I live in Danville in Contra Costa.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the warning, Cheryl, but frost is a once in every 50-years occurrence here.

      Delete

I enjoy receiving your comments and suggestions. However, with apologies to bona-fide commentators, due to a significant increase in spam, I've eliminated the option to post comments anonymously.