Monday, November 22, 2010
Rozanne, Belle of the Ball
I feel like since I mention it in almost every post anyway, it was about time to give Geranium 'Rozanne' it's very own post! Introduced by Blooms on Bressingham in 2000, it was named the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2008. I think remembering reading somewhere that it was called the "Geranium of the Millenium", which may be a little bit of hyperbole, but after this season, I'm not inclined to disagree. It has proven hardy, disease-resistant and extremely vigorous and floriferous. While many of my Geraniums got rust this summer, 'Rozanne' was unscathed. 'Rozanne' also manages to remain full all season, avoiding the spindly growth so common in other Geraniums.
'Rozanne' in Summer, a veritable bank of color
This photo shows the range of colors of the leaves, as well as the fact that the plant is still actively (albeit slowly) growing and blooming.
Now that fall is here, their growth and flowering have slowed considerably, but not stopped. They have so far been ignored by the army of voracious slugs in my garden (who demolished the nearby 'Ann Folkard' almost overnight. I was interested to see if the leaves would change color this fall (as some perennial geraniums are apt to do) and they do have the odd red and yellow leaves here and there, but, for the most part, are still green (as are the other Geraniums in my garden).
Here are a few leaves that are showing flaming red coloration at the tips, slowly fading toward the center.
Portland has very long, drawn-out autumns, which just sort of bleed into winter. Even then, our winters are so mild that some plants stay green all year. I'm wondering if 'Rozanne' will be one of those, or, if it will crumple when do actually get some freezing temps (which, may happen later this week). Only time will tell, but, regardless, it's a wonderful plant and deserves to be in every garden :-)
This leaf has darker, more maroon coloring, which seems to be the most common on my 'Rozanne' plants.
Here is a new, bright-green stem that is flowering. There are still a surprising number of flowers appearing and a nice quantity of fresh, green leaves.
These are my favorite leaves on the plant, yellow with some rich, red edging.
And finally, we finish with another dewy blossom.