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Table of Delights – April 2011

By Patientgardener @patientgardener

Table of Delights – April 2011I introduced a new series of posts back in February entitled My Table of Delights.

The posts feature the table on my patio where I have a habit of placing smallish plants that are at their best, or sometimes new acquisitions, that I want to be able to admire from the living room.

Sometime there is a small collection of pots on the table but this month there is just one pot.  It contains an Erodium pelargoniiflorum which I bought earlier in the month from the nursery at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire.  To be honest I had never heard of Erodiums when I bought but I was drawn to the flowers which reminded me of species Pelargoniums which are  new fascination for me.

Therefore I was very interested to discover it mentioned in the President’s Letter in the latest Hardy Plant Society Journal.  Roy Lancaster, the President, says that he acquired a “true Erodium pelargoniiflorum (as against E. troflium) with its swollen base”.  I had looked the plant up in my Plant Encyclopedia but it wasn’t listed so I pleased to find this reference and the article seems to imply that it is easily confused with other Erodiums so I went and double checked mine and yes it has a swollen base.  Interestingly the label even says that it is a very popular plant when the nursery have it in stock although this could be a clever selling ploy!  I understand that it likes the sun, is fully hardy and can be treated as a rockery plant but for now mine is potted up and placed in pride of place on the Table of Delights where I can admire it until the flowers finish or something else grabs my attention!

Table of Delights – April 2011

Do you have somewhere special that you display your gems or new purchases?  If so why not write a post about it and leave a link here in the comment box it would be great to hear about.


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