I continue to read the great book English Garden Eccentrics. The main idea is that…
Yesterday I participated in a Zoom session on Container Gardening. It was very informative.
But what I heard about geraniums was a surprise.
People hate geraniums.
Yet they were the Number One flower for the garden in the nineteenth century.
Brent Elliott gives some insight on the issue in his book Flora: An Illustrated History of the Garden Flower.
He writes, “The first true bedding pelargoniums appeared on the market in the early 1840s.
“For twenty years they shared the parterre garden with petunias, verbena, and calceolarias.
“As time passed, the pelargonium became the dominant single type of flower for dispay beds.”
No bed wold be worth it without a geranium like this one (Below):
Maybe we plant too many geraniums. We see them all over in the summer months.
After 200 years of featuring them in the flowerbed, maybe we need a change.
But it is, according to Elliott the ” First True Bedding Plant from the 19th Century.”
Here is one of my favorite summer geraniums [Pellargonium ‘Mrs. Cox’] a hybrid from Logee’s in Connecticut:
Vick Sold Geraniums
Rochester, New York seed company owner James Vick (1818-1882) also loved geraniums.
Here is an image from his magazine Vick’s Illustrated Monthly of 1882.