I promised you the rest of my pix from Kew so here they are, starting with the pelargoniums. Looking at the incredible variety of shape and form, particularly in the leaves, it's easy to see why the hybridisers have been fiddling with their cotton buds in the greenhouse for so long and why the modern varieties have so much ... variety. The genes for Ivy leaves, crinkly leaves, huge leaves and zoned leaves are all there in nature so it's no wonder we have such a dazzling array these days, from the subtle, scented-leafed jewels, through the zonal, ivy-leaved, uprights and trailers to the near perfect F1 staples of window boxes and bedding everywhere.
|Another nameless wonder, I'm afraid, but one that introduces red into the breeders' pallette|
|The exquisite veining of Pelargonium rubicinctum ssp. cordifolium. That's what the label said, I assure you, but try Googling it and you get nowhere!|
|Pelargonium crithmifolium. The flowers may look more like the parks' departments job lot but the stem is a bizarre thing that looks a bit like a Boabab!|
|This isn't one of mine so thanks and apologies to the copyright holder but I just had to show you the stems!|