Today I am joining Cathy from Words and Herbs for her delightful, annual meme ‘A Week of Flowers‘, which was conceived to help counterbalance the dark, dank days of this time of the year in the northern hemisphere.
I am sharing a photo of what I believe to be my favourite plant of the year in our garden. OK, I know that I throw that word around freely (I am a gardener after all), but this plant is a winner in so many ways. The accolade goes to … Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’!
I love geums, but don’t seem to be able to keep them going for more than a couple of years in the garden, except for this one. This one not only survives, but, I swear, flowers almost from the vernal to autumnal equinox and beyond.
Peak display occurs in May, when it forms burning mounds of flowers which are stunning to behold. It looks great with alliums etc. A winner for sure!
What’s your favourite garden flower? Why don’t you post a photo of it and join Cathy spreading a little floral cheer! Just add a link to her blog.
Absolutely gorgeous! It is one of my favourites too Allison! I only managed to source plants this spring, so mine haven’t formed big clumps yet. They were one of the few plants I kept watering through our hot dry summer! I hope they look as good as yours next year. I have had a lot of success with Geum ‘Blazing Sunset’ too. 😃
They are a great choice for a long colourful show, so I do hope yours put on a glorious show next year. They did OK here, in spite of the dry summer. I’ll look out for Blazing Sunset next year. It looks a perfect scarlet, thanks!
I only discovered this plant last year. I found one growing in my garden and didn’t know what it was. Yours is a lovely colour.
I like that the individual flowers are all slightly different shades. It seems to catch the light better that way. Mine seeded around this summer, so you may discover babies if you are lucky! 🙂
A wonderful opener for the week! I agree, this cultivar is definitely a pleaser!
Thank you Eliza. G. ‘Totally Tangerine’ certainly cheers me up! 😉
Great minds 😀 I love geums too
😉 Your post was pure sunshine !
We need sunshine at the moment…
Did you notice the visitor in your third photo? I can’t quite tell what it is; it looks more bug-like than butterfly-like. The flowers are gorgeous. I didn’t recognize ‘Geum,’ but a little research taught me that it’s mostly a more northerly flower, and it’s also knows as ‘Avens.’ Lo and behold, we have a native here: Geum canadense. As in most families, there’s great variation among the members; our Geum is quite a small flower, and white.
I did see that visitor. It’s a shield bug, possibly of the sloe or hairy kind (Dolycoris baccarum). I spend a lot of time weeding out Wood Avens from the garden. Those burrs get everywhere and were probably introduced into the borders by our dog Sadie.
I love Totally Tangerine, too. No hope for growing Geum in my garden.
A shame, but who cares when you can grow beautiful Heliconia ! 😉
The Geum would look great with the Heliconias.
So pretty. 😊
Thanks! (found your comment in the pending file … eventually 🙂 )
No problem. That pending file and spam gets all of us at some point. 😉
A definite star for me too 😂 I had flowers on 21st March this year and as of today there is a stem which is doing its best to open before the first hard frost. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
I can believe that completely. Yes, we may get a proper frost here this weekend and an end to all our unseasonable flowers 😞
I wish mine did as well, Allison, but at least it is still alive! It had a handful of blooms early on, but then that was it – what sort of conditions is yours growing in?
They don’t like to be shaded out too much, but seem to appreciate a bit of protection from full sun in my experience. I have lost quite a few, like Mrs Bradshaw and Mai Tai, but TT seems tougher.
I will try and remember that, thanks
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