Table of Delights – April 2011

I introduced a new series of posts back in February entitled My Table of Delights.

The posts feature the table on my patio where I have a habit of placing smallish plants that are at their best, or sometimes new acquisitions, that I want to be able to admire from the living room.

Sometime there is a small collection of pots on the table but this month there is just one pot.  It contains an Erodium pelargoniiflorum which I bought earlier in the month from the nursery at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire.  To be honest I had never heard of Erodiums when I bought but I was drawn to the flowers which reminded me of species Pelargoniums which are  new fascination for me.

Therefore I was very interested to discover it mentioned in the President’s Letter in the latest Hardy Plant Society Journal.  Roy Lancaster, the President, says that he acquired a “true Erodium pelargoniiflorum (as against E. troflium) with its swollen base”.  I had looked the plant up in my Plant Encyclopedia but it wasn’t listed so I pleased to find this reference and the article seems to imply that it is easily confused with other Erodiums so I went and double checked mine and yes it has a swollen base.  Interestingly the label even says that it is a very popular plant when the nursery have it in stock although this could be a clever selling ploy!  I understand that it likes the sun, is fully hardy and can be treated as a rockery plant but for now mine is potted up and placed in pride of place on the Table of Delights where I can admire it until the flowers finish or something else grabs my attention!

Do you have somewhere special that you display your gems or new purchases?  If so why not write a post about it and leave a link here in the comment box it would be great to hear about.

8 Comments on “Table of Delights – April 2011

  1. Hello Helen, a good idea to have a table of delights, one can stop to explore the plants beauty and this erodium looks handsome in a proper good old clay pot…rather belately….happy Easter!

  2. More envy. That is a very fine E. pelargoniiflorum you have. I’ve wanted this for ages, but I did get seed from the Alpine Garden Society last year which I plan to sow when the veggie seed sowing slows a bit. I do have E. trifolium which is similar. Was at Wisley this morning and they have a huge spread of E. pelargoniiflorum in one of the alpine houses. Erodiums are members of the Geraniacea family.

  3. Hi Helen,

    Lovely post about a lovely little plant…

    I don’t have a table of delights, although it does sound wonderful! Most new plants I buy end up lined along the wall by the back door where they usually stay far too long before I finally plant them. Although I do make up feature pots, which sadly this year all seem to be rather rubbish.

  4. I think that’s a perfectly sweet little plant. We have introduced erodiums that have gone on to colonize the disturbed edges of our wildlands. So at least some of the genus are actually worth growing intentionally! Nice that you’ve got a place to enjoy it properly. I have so little space that some of my prized new plants end up getting tucked somewhere where I can’t enjoy them properly.

  5. What a beautiful plant Helen, new to me, but so lovely. My equivalent still has the primroses on it, in their ugly black plastic pots, but I am on seed watch – I’ve never sown seed “in the green” and want to give it a go. So not a table of delights so much as a table of opportunity…

  6. One plant that I have loved and lost. I purchased it in your neck of the woods from the now sadly closed Eastgrove Cottage Gardens. I think it was in too damp a position and it sadly faded away 😦 I think your table of delights is a great idea. I am attempting to pesuade himself to build me a little theatre for my snowdrops.

  7. I also like to display small plants on my garden table. I’ve had a pot of primroses there for a while. But at the weekend I replaced it with a lovely white saxifraga ‘white star’ in a little galvanised pot.

  8. Hello I found your blog when I was googling some flowers and plant care tips and also trying to identify some flowers in my garden. Your pot looks very lovely and I love that feeling of buying something new and waiting for it to grow. If you have a chance could you take a look at the pictures on my blog and help me to identify some mystery plants that I have in my garden? Thanks very much

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