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17/06/2012 at 00:31

I have two Leonard's Variety which have only been in the ground since early May.  Soil is improved clay, acid, moist and are in  partial shade but with sun most of the day.  Were planted with handfull of grit and bonemeal in the planting hole.  They flowered beautifully until a week but I have to admit I was unsure whether to deadhead or cut the stems at the base or something else as the flowers died.   The last flowerheads are like in this photograph - seed?  There are no new flowers on both plants and I have now cut all the stems away from the base.  The foliage looks really healthy.   The same happened with my 'Lemon Drops' but I expected their flowering season to finish around now anyway.  But - thought that the Leonard's Variety flowered into the summer or longer.  Can anyone advise me if they are likely to come into flower again or if my neglect (ie letting seeds come on the flower heads) now means that that's flowering over for this year?  I've never had Geums before and absolutely love them and would eventually like to have more - but think I need to educate myself on how to better care for them.  Thanks for any advice.


17/06/2012 at 00:35

Sorry for typo. above.  Should have read the flowered until 'a week ago'.

17/06/2012 at 09:13

Ours flower from about the middle of May until the middle of June in a normal season. The ones in shade last a bit longer than the ones in full sun. I leave the heads on as they are quite decorative, but then you do get self seeded ones around and they are not always as good as the original, but still nice.

If you do cut out the old flowering stems, then you may get another flush of flowers later on in the season.

17/06/2012 at 21:34

Thanks for the reply Berghill.  I like the heads as well but because I'd read (RHS) that they flowered during spring and summer, I was hoping by cutting the stems down that I'd be lucky enough to get another flush.  Will wait and see what happens.

18/06/2012 at 09:20

If you want a longer flowering, spectacular one then look out for G. Blazing Sunset. Buds are yellow, then open to yellow and red and finally go red and it flowers on and off all Summer.

19/06/2012 at 02:08

Hi Berghill.  I think I've spotted a Blazing Sunset in someone else's garden.  It's very striking.  However, I went a bit mad with 'reds' of all kinds last year and decided to tone things down this year - hence the subtle 'Leonard's Variety' and 'Lemon Drops'.  BUT - I weakened with a couple of Prinses Julianna - bright sharp orange.  In the Spring they looked good surrounded by bluebells but now the bluebells are gone it's pretty bare around them.  So I have Cornflower seedlings growing around them now and am trying to build up a collection of Geranium 'Wargrave Pink' to also put amongst them.  .Maybe sounds a bid of a sickly colour choice, but in the early evening sunlight they look lovely.  When I bought the 'orange' - don't know what the proper name is, wasn't on the pot - I was told because of the bright colour that they are difficult to place - and can understand that as they surely are BRIGHT from a great distance!

The camera has a difficult time taking the true colour - but this is pretty much it. Tempting to wear sunglasses around them.  But glad I got them.  They brightened up things in the Spring and have their place now.

My favourites were the 'Lemon Drops'.  You hardly noticed them on a dull day but when late afternoon sun hit them - they were magical.  Like little yellow fairy lights not of this world.

Think I've breathed in too much of the calcified seaweed mulch today!   Getting all poetic over the plants.


19/06/2012 at 10:16

Not to worry. We have about 20 different Geums, including the ones you mention and as soon as I can arrange a visit to a Garden Centre/Nursery specialising in them I will have a few more too!

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