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Talks given to local Horticultural Societies and Gardening Clubs on Hostas and Pelargoniums. contact me on
Pelargoniums Explained 5th October 2022 for Diggers & Planters Group
of the North Norfolk U3A venue Bodham Village Hall NR25 6AD.
Hi, my name is Ken Abel and I live in Carlton Colville, Suffolk in the UK. I have been growing and showing Pelargoniums nationally since 1999.
PLEASE NOTE I DO NOT SELL PLANTS.
All the ideas and tips on my website, relate to how I grow and exhibit show plants. (they work for me)
Most of the plants you see on this site were grown by me unless stated otherwise.
If you like Hostas check out the new album with photos of plants from my collection.
I hope 2022 will see us have a better growing season for our Pelargoniums and for those like me who exhibit their plants good luck on the show bench.
From January 2014, I started writing the Pelargonium column in the "Garden News".
Some angels standing in the coolness of our study before being loaded into the van for the show bench at the Yorkshire show 2017. Back row from left to right. Berkswell Fiesta in 6" pot, Berkswell Fiesta in 4.5" pot, Berkswell Rosetta in a 6" pot. In the middle is a young plant of Carlton Tinker in a 5.5" pot. Front row Rockwell Sophie in a 6" pot, Oldbury Duet in a 6" pot and Sarah Don in a 6" pot.
Sharia (Sharee) Elouise Scott
You're my no. 1 inspiration in the Pelargonium growing/showing world. Appreciation abundance, plus some! Your site has taught me more in a short period of time, than any other source or outlet.
Wow I love your plants ,beautiful ,I wish I could grow them that well in Australia
Is it possible to send you a photo to help identify a pelargonium? It has leaves similar to Oldbury Duet but seems to be a deeper purple. Thank you!
Hi Cathy There are links on website that you can use to send a photo.
I’ve just read your column in GN 6th March issue) - absolutely brilliant! So informative; l always end up with leggy cuttings and now l know how to avoid this. You mention p. australe which l love.
Thanks for the kind words unfortunately GN have reduced the input from experts this year so I will have only 2 more to do. Ken
Hi! Ken I'm an old face from the then Bradwell Fuchsia club we always read your articles in garden news, but it always results in me spending money hope you and Babs are well
fabulous new seedling of Carlton Mystique Ken.
many congratulations. Any tips on hybridisation? I will look out for such varieties with the prefix 'Carlton' if you can say where they will be on sale.
Pleased to hear that you like the look of Carlton Mystique, it holds the flowers well. I will answer the rest of your comment by email.
Where can I get Berkswill pelagoniums please?
I am an avid gardener and love angel pelagoniums but have tried in vain to find a supplier.
Hi Ted You could try Fibrex or Trecott nursery for Berkswell Angels. Ken
This page is brilliant and I will be saving to "favourites"... gives so much inspiration💗💗💗
Hi Brian I will answer your question by email. Ken
What is the best pelargonium/geranium catalogues to get for showing and also what are the best varieties to show?
Hi Mark sorry to say that I have not written a book on Pelargoniums, the nearest I get to it is writing a column now and then for the Garden News. regards Ken
Have you by any chance written a book on the subject and, if so, how can I get my hands on a copy/
Hi Ken. I have entered a geranium in the local show. However, there is plenty of foliage but hardly any flowers. I have been deadheading regularly. How can I get more flowers on a geranium? Janet
I am wanting to make my own compost for growing pelargoniums for showing.what do you recommend
Hi Ken do you know of a plant named Dramsden, cannot see it on any listings of Pelargoniums or Geraniums. Thanks .JOE
Hi Joe I know of an angel Darmsden bred by Ray Bidwell with royal velvet, pale mauve flowers, if that is any help. Ken
Hello Ken, I don't want to be too boring, and say as everyone must that I've never seen plants as perfect and totally beautiful as yours. My message is please tell me that you are writing a book.
Hi Vicky thanks for your kind comments, this website and writing in Garden News is the nearest I will get to a book for now. Ken
Hi Ken have just bought some regal peligoniums can you tell me what I should do with them regarding feeding and General looking after. They're beautiful plants and want to get a great display for my g
Woow love that Madame Salleron Pelargonium
Hi Ken! Thank you for the most interesting talk and amazing pics, you gave at Halesworth Gardeners' Society last evening. It our first evening of the "new term" and it went very well. Brian Medhurst
Thanks Brian and also for making us feel welcome. Glad my talk was well received. Ken
Hi Ken Could you suggest some good named varieties of Zonal pelargoniums for a show in early September. thanks.
Hello Ken. Unfortunately I did not get the email answer you sent me. I am sending my email address again.
Hello Janet I have resent using the email address provided. If that does not work maybe you would like to try getting in touch by the link on this site. Ken
Hi Ken. Our local flower show is quite late. This year it is on 8th September. My pelargoniums have flowered their heads off all summer now have very few flowers on. How can I prolong the season?
Hi Janet I have answered this by the email address you provided hope it arrived safely. Ken
Can you ever grow pelargoniums as standards?
Hi Jill the answer to your question is yes they make good standards. I have put 2 examples on my homepage, hope you approve. Ken
I really love pelargoniums. .. but have difficulty overwintering them...
This site is wonderful...how do I join??? Is there a "follow" option???
I live in the U.S. just east of Chicago, and have fallen in love with Pellies. Trouble is, I can't find sources for them beyond geraniaceae.com--great but I still envy you and love your site!
Hey Ken, Verily I Loveth the planplants t
I have several angel and regal,that seem to think autumn is here.ie lots of yellow brown leaves.it seemed to start on a cold snap followed by cloud cover.I have feed and watered b u t still very sad .
Splendid site. Two questions- what is the cutting compost and how ,on average,do they take to strike.
I never realised you could take cuttings so big. I have many questions but my pressing ones are - what compost do you use for cuttings and how long, on average, do they take.
A splendid site
An excellent site! I've a query that doesn't seem to be covered by you - callusing. Prior to sticking, do you let the cut ends dry out and start callusing? And if so, for how long?
Hi John I do not find the need to let end of cutting dry out by laying on bench.I just insert into the pot & find they root quicker for me that way. Glad you approve of site.Ken
how do you revive a flowering pelagarium for an exhibitions end of July, would it be best to cut flowers off now.
Stunning plants .. :)
Ken, amazing Pelargoniums and thank you so much for giving us your tips and feeding suggestions. I have a greenhouse full but have so learn much more from you. Thank you.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Lori in Denver
Hi ... Wonderful geraniums of all types. WOW! I will check to see if there is a club in Denver, Colorado usa. ;)
WOW! WOW! WOW! What a fabulous collection - such love and care have rewarded you. I am just starting out! Any idea where I can buy cuttings/plugs/ seeds of 'marbacka' the so called Swedish geranium.
Hi Thanks for the WOWs, Sorry to say that I Do not know where you can get Marbacka maybe it would be worth trying one of the Swedish Sites. Ken
I am so impressed Ken wow love what you have achieved
Hi Sonia thanks for the kind words much appreciated. Ken
Impressive work Ken!
Hi ken , words can't express yr Geranium collection. Its a heaven in the earth.
I'm very inspired to grow these fabulous plants after watching great British gardens on BBC 2 this morning, where can I buy your book ? Thanks Jean
I was at the talk you gave to Brightlingsea garden club yesterday evening. Thankyou for a most interesting and enjoyable time.
Hi Rachel thanks for your kind words and to you and the rest of the members for making us feel welcome a big thankyou . Ken
Очень красивые пеларгонии! Сказка!
Ann - Marie Lindblom
Such a beautiful Web side! We are going to have a show in Sweden this august. I hope that my plants can get some flowers!
THESE FLOWERS ARE GREAT!!!!!!!!!
Hello Ken, I look after the scented pelargoniums in the new conservatory Scampston Walled Garden as a volunteer.
Would like to grow some more flowers to make a good show next year. Help!!
Aimal Khan Kasi
I am Aimal from Quetta, Pakistan. Growing geraniums for the last 20 years. I often visit your website and the information and pics therein are really good.
I love your website.WE have trouble finding Angels In New Zealand.Dont suppose you have any contacts here.
Hi Pamela so glad that you approve of my website. Sorry to say that I do not have any contacts in N.Z. , maybe someone who visits this site will know where you can acquire angels in N.Z.. KEN.
thank you for sharing your amazing plants! I found your site looking 4 advice on regals) Lord Bute, have not had success in the past. I bought 3 small plants this year.
Hi Ingrid, did you find the advice you were looking for on my website? If you want more help feel free to get in touch. Ken
have a query for your help?
I am the events coordinator of a garden club in Suffolk and am planning our 2016 programme. We would love to hear your talk on Pelargoniums and would be grateful for details of your charges etc
I am a committee member of a gardening club and we have an annual sale and competition day in early August. This year we would like to try Pelargonium (previously Fuchsia). We would need about 50 plants. Can you recommend a small growing variety that w
beautiful plants but where can I purchase some ?
I have never grown them before but have a fancy to try.
Hi ,much obliged for the very prompt reply and information, I shall certainly give them a go.
Hi Dave Fibrex Nursery do mail order there is a link to them on the links page on this website.
Mick Scott MBE
Just when you thought it was safe to watch BBC2 who should turn up. Well done Ken.
and those people who banned you from their show should think ashamed of themselves.
Hi Ken can you please resolve the issue of the timing for the final stop before the show date some people say 18 weeks others 12 weeks which do prefer. Love the web site and your choice of music
Nicely grown Ken
Nice one Pest! It will seem strange dressing my plants next weekend without Norman's cheery smile and banter he will be greatly missed R.I.P. dear friend.
Hi I hope you all approve of the upgrade.
Hi April stellar Millmore Medway is not one I have heard of. Can anyone help April with this? Ken
Hi Ken Have you heard of pelargonium Millmore Medway. It is a Stellar but I don't know if it is a dwarf or regular size. Thanks April.
Hi Ken ,
I am writing from Australia and I really wish we lived closer when I see all the beautiful pellies you have . They don't grow as well here .
thanks for your message ,around 19990 I bought a few pelargoniums, one had a label in Ted ?Day, it didn't say Harlequin .i live in Essex.
I hadn't heard the music before. So soothing and beautiful like your pictures.
The prize winning Pelargonium episodes on the front page is simply amazing - an accolade of success. Congratulations! You're unarguably a "Shining Star".
Kari M. Knutsen
Beautiful as well as interesting, Ken! Thank you so much for sharing so much joy! All the very best to you from Granny Kari.
Hi Ken.It's Brian Jones from North Wales.We have met at recent Yorkshire society Shows. Could you please email me. Questions about compost for you??
Hi Reg Carlton Supreme is one of my seedlings and not released and I have no desire to do so at the moment. Ken
Can you pllease advise me where to get Carlton Supreme
Hi Ken cracking picture of Mister Lot I hope it does well for you around the shows, Mick
Dorothy Charging Hawk
Hii! I have an orange pelargonium that I bought for a penny some 15+ years ago. Stella Birdbush Chloe!? It roots vigourously, and can survive a light frost.
beautiful flowers i also have a blog check mine out noone is liking and only like 8 people like my page how do you get so many to your page
hey cool flowers, why dont you sell them... also check out my website : ginalaish.simplesite.comthx
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18 to 12 weeks depending on what the cultivar is, this year due to weather plants have been 3 weeks late where I live. For more info use get in touch page.
how long before flowers when you have done cutting and stopping ???
Thank you so much for this very fine and interesting site!
Love flowers takes me back to when I use to go along with my dad on his route delivering flowers for a local greenhouse; the smells, the colors, the beauty! :
Love your website and flowers!
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You have a really nice website, check mines out if you will. www.simplesite.com/Darice
Cochlea ~ you are nice !!
I geranium inside of whether raise almost 2 months become!
See in the picture ...Came out being under sentence brilliantly ...!
Inform on if inform secret method how I raise ^^
I raise so well and I am the best to bogie!
Fabulous Website, it has inspired me to try and grow better plants- I thought my Quantock Kirsty looked pretty good until I saw yours!
baby p v
Baby P V from Kerala, Gods Own Country
wow estan muy hermosas, lastima que en mi pais no las pueda conseguir todas, sobre todo mi favorita, angel enano
Carol Benedict Russell
Thank you for sharing your lovely pelargoniums
I teach the Youth Division of The Shelter Island Garden Club.
Permanent collections; flowers to grow and share.
Stunning!!! Spectacular presentation. Thanks for the inspirational tips.
Great website, i love it. I will surely visite again
my first time here, but not my last!! I just have to say WOW!!
Great Website Ken,complimented by the background music, Nice for you to share your growing ideas and experiences, an inspiration to us all.
wow those are some lovely flower displays.
Love your well awarded display - congratulations!
Am seeking to obtain Quantock Shirley to give as rememberance for lost family member in Melbourne Australia
My favourite is carlton supreme, so beautiful, attractive pink color. You have done such a good job.
great flowers aase garstad
Aase Garstad (Norway)
It`s so amazing to look at Your fantastic Pelargoniums. I realize mine look like "refugees". I took notice of Your tips for repotting and cutting plants!
at last i have found your website, fantastic, keep up the good work, shirley from moulton nursery
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Great photos. Does anyone have a reference for whether Captain Starlight flowers/ petals are edible? Thanks. Linda Brown Victoria BC
have just found this website through a e-mail from vernon nursery and what a find.loved the site and all the tips thank you ken.
Judy McCracken in Auckland New Zealand
Beautifully staged plants. Loved the colours and health of your exhibits.
Well done for showing us superb, lovely specimens.
Well done Ken I like it
Fantastic site Ken, really enjoyed it, know how much work you have put into getting where you have, well done from the Bernese Oberland. Switzerland.
Ken, thank you, for a most informative evening and website. There were quite a few pointers that I have taken on board. Best wishes for 2010. Clean Pots ! !
welldone !! really like it, geat job
SUPERBE SITE !!! Grand merci!