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Re: [IGSROBIN] pel book

At 21:45 8-6-1999 +0200, you wrote:
>Greetings everybody,
>Does anyone have any news on the book 1001 Pelargoniums? Is this the only
>pellie book soon to be published?
>Answer to 'curious in Sweden'...where is is raining...and I just discovered
>an anthill under a pot that I left upside down on the lawn.....the anthill
>was a PERFECT replica of the pot!

Dear Ingrid and other pelly lovers,

I have been inquiring after the book by Hazel Key in Amsterdam and the
bookshop there (Architectura & Natura, Leliegracht, for those in the
Netherlands)says it has already been published or will soon be published. I
have given them my name and will hear from them as soon as they know anything. 

Meanwhile I have been discovering pellies everywhere. I do my utmost to be a
polite nuisance when I find pellies without labels or with the wrong labels.
Why is it that fuchsias are often sold neatly labelled, whereas pellies
aren't? After all, 99% of fuchsias are only interesting when in flower. They
are lovely, but I find pelargoniums and geraniums more interesting and more
useful in my southfacing garden. 

On a few expeditions I found, for example, P.ionidiflorum labelled with 'P.
peltatum'. Today I found a sign saying (in Dutch) 'new geranium variety',
only to discover that it was a stellar pelargonium with brownish leaves
(probably 'Vancouver Centennial') (both actually at Het Groene Warenhuis
Groot & Slot in Heerhugowaard). I decided some time ago to buy only labelled
varieties or ones I know, but confronted with something unlabelled but
lovely I usually give in and buy it. I am doing my best to ask what these
plants are, but , though I am very friendly, most people will think I have
escaped from somewhere.

As a matter of fact a few weeks ago I also bought a lovely unique in very
bright purplepink. It could be 'Jessel's Unique', but that is my tentative
guess. It is a very striking colour, you might call it magenta or fuchsia or
cyclamen,  so I bought it. Especially in the evening it is a stunning
colour, and a nice plant too. 

Anyway, these are my frustrations in the pelly area. Last year I also bought
a few plants of yellowish 'Creamery'. They were sort of creamy, double, very
floriferous, nice plants, but they did not survive and neither did the
cuttings I took. I haven't seen them this year yet here in Holland, but
perhaps... you never know.

It's so nice to read all the geranium and pelly mail, thank you
Jip Bieräugel
Alkmaar, Holland

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