Geranium 'Rozanne'

Still Flowering

Things are really quietening down here and there’s a very autumnal feel as the first yellow leaves are starting to appear. But there are still a few flowers in the garden. The plant that really impresses me by still being in flower after months of continuous blooms is Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

There are not very many flowers left on the plant now. But it’s amazing that it has the vigour to keep producing them at all, considering that it has been in flower since early summer. (The earliest photograph of it that I can find in my files was taken on June 10th, but of course, it was probably in flower for a while before that.)

Flowers of Geranium 'Rozanne' with lavender.
‘Rozanne’ flowering alongside lavender in June.

The colour of ‘Rozanne’ can vary between looking very blue or much more violet. I think this may be related to the age of the flower. As you can see in the photo above, the fresh flower at the front is much more blue than the one at the back. The pinker tones seem to creep in as the flower ages and fades. I’ve read the suggestion that the flower colour also varies with the time in the season and temperature. It does make me wonder if bees use the colour change to be able to tell which flowers are newest.

This pretty geranium is one of my favourites in the garden. Like other hardy geraniums, it’s extremely easy to grow here and has managed to cope with the lack of rain well. (I did take care to water it in its first summer, but have rarely done so since.)

The flowers delight me. I love their colour, especially in combination with the pink veins on the petals. The pink is repeated on the filaments of the stamens, and the black of the anthers adds a touch of contrast to the flower. They’re very pleasing to photograph, so it’s fortunate that they are in the garden for such a long time every year!

A close-up shows the pink veining in the petals of this geranium.

19 thoughts on “Still Flowering

  1. There’s no question some flowers change color as they age. I found a new example recently: a pink flower that becomes almost a teal blue as it ages. It’s quite lovely, but I’ve not identified it yet!

    Like you, I’m fond of the pink veins in these, and I especially like the detail in that last photo.

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  2. Lovely photos. My Rozanne is still going too, I think I have seen some almost pink flowers as they age, but I haven’t been as observant as you. I even cut it back by half in August because it was sprawling over everything else, but it just keeps on flowering. I might attempt at digging part of it out as I have another place where it could sprawl at leisure.

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    1. Mine is just about getting big enough to divide – I’d love to have it all over the place in the garden, especially at this time of year. There’s so little left at this stage that every plant still in flower really earns its place.

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    1. Thanks Syd! Hardy geraniums are popular and very easy to grow in gardens in the UK, so there’s lots of them around here. But you might not see them if your climate is too hot – not sure if they’d cope! I don’t know what prompted the name Rozanne – maybe named after a family member of the breeder?

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    1. It’s a great geranium, so easy to grow and so pretty. Geraniums were one of the plants that encouraged me into gardening – and they were blue ones too! πŸ™‚

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  3. It looks beautiful against the lavender. Geraniums seem to do really well on Mum’s clay when a lot of other things fade away. I planned to buy her Rozanne but ended up getting an Azure Rush which is similar but slightly smaller.

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    1. They did well on the clay in our garden in Scotland too. The way that they can be divided so easily was one of the things that helped to get me going with gardening and I’ll always be happy to grow them. πŸ™‚

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