#juneathon 12 :)


A happy run, lovely mild rain for the first time this year. Just over 5 miles in 51 minutes, had intended to do 40 minutes but was just enjoying myself so pottered around. My heart rate was ridiculously high, an average of 174, not sure if this is because I ate a lot of plain white bagels and then very dark chocolate a couple or so hours before running; so I was digesting and a bit caffeinated? Thoughts?

No pictures of the wet in Horsham (disappointed?), I will spare you pictures of Claud my mountain bike in the bath ( I must enter another sportive, I have run out of free Muc-Off) so more flowers, I’m afraid.

My job is in horticulture and my personal love in terms of plants is pelargoniums. There are the common ones used in bedding, some interesting ones that are a bit more specialist like the Unique cultivars and the species hybrids like ‘Ardens’ below. I will try and take some pics of the straight species at some point, as they are all very different in morphology (shapes and sizes).

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Probably Pelargonium ‘Scarlet Unique’ but the labels have got mixed at some point, so I will need to compare with another plant when they are both flowering.

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Erodium castellanum

Erodiums named for erodos the Greek for heron, are heron’s bills in the US,  and stork’s bills in Europe. They are related to pelargoniums, named for pelargos the Greek for stork, and geraniums named geranos the Greek for crane. So does the stork manifest a different beak on the other side of the pond? The beak refers to the seeds which do look like beaks, and it may be that the US erodiums have more herony beaks….

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Mexican Garmin-eating er.. parrot? No nomenclatural information was available, other than the word ‘Mexico’ on his hindquarters.

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Pelargonium Ardens’ against the glamorous bubble wrap background of the greenhouse.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth Ridley says:

    Lovely flower pics again. I think I’d better not mention the Mexican parrot though!

  2. cindysleepspinresearch says:

    Those flowers are gorgeous!

  3. Red Hen says:

    I love that scarlet unique pic in particular. Learned a lot from this post, actually. Jealous of your fast long run too!

  4. Kate says:

    I bet my garden would be much better if you were here. It turns out my policy of benign neglect isn’t necessarily the way to go.

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