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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Fibrex Nurseries: New at Hampton Court '09

Posted by Graham Rice on 05 Jul 2009 at 09:23 PM

Pelargonium 'Monty's Magic' - New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show . Image: GardenPhotos.comFibrex Nurseries near Stratford-upon-Avon hold an unlikely pairing of National Collections – ivies and pelargoniums. And with over 2,500 different varieties in the Pelargonium collection, Ursula Key-Davis has a great opportunity to be sure that when she’s considering introducing a new variety it really is different, she can compare it with all the others.

At this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show she has one excellent new variety, ‘Monty’s Magic’. Ursula’s mother, the late Hazel Key, built up the collection and this was one of the last varieties she selected for introduction before she passed away. It was four years ago that she identified this plant, a sport of ‘Montague Garabaldi Smith’, and it’s taken this time to bulk up enough stock to sell.

The upper petals on the flower of this prolific plant are wine red with a slender pale rim and deep crimson feathering while the lower petals are pale lilac pink, deepening in colour towards the edge. The pale green foliage sets them off beautifully.

‘Monty’s Magic’ has an excellent bushy habit, needs no pinching, flowers for a very long season and, as Ursula puts it, is “an all round good plant”.

You can buy Pelargonium ‘Monty’s Magic' here at the Show or order it online from the Fibrex Nurseries website (scroll down).

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