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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

Derek Lloyd Dean: New at Hampton Court '09

Posted by Graham Rice on 09 Jul 2009 at 08:36 AM

Pelargonium ‘Berkswell Flair'. Image: Derek Lloyd Dean is the holder of the National Collection of Angel Pelargoniums. His collection consists of about 140 varieties, some of which date back to the 1930s and two of which are completely new and seen here at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the first time.

Angel Pelargoniums make small plants with a prolific display of small flowers set against small neat foliage. His collection does not include larger plants with larger foliage, sometimes included with Angels, as these are hybrids with Regal Pelargoniums and very different in character.

His delightful exhibit features most of his collection, 120 varieties in all, including two new introductions raised by Malcolm Harris, a specialist breeder from Berkswell near Coventry.

Pelargonium ‘Berkswell Urchin' is a small, neat plant with very small leaves, its dainty prettily marked flowers feature petals which overlap slightly to give the impression of almost being semi-double. One important feature of ‘Berkswell Urchin' is that stays compact and doesn't run up tall - ideal for a window box or a small specimen in a pot.

‘Berkswell Flair' (above, click to enlarhge), also from Malcolm Harris, is equally neat and features a very striking combination of velvet purple upper petals with paler lower petals.

Both these new varieties combine neat rounded growth with a very prolific flowering habit. Derek also lists another nineteen varieties raised by Malcolm Harris, all with the Berkswell prefix.

You can buy these varieties at the Show and also online at the Derek Lloyd Dean website.



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