PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'|
|Mountain Cranesbill 'Bill Wallis'|
|With its abundance of small, rich purple flowers from early spring and right through until autumn, small, lobed leaves and reddish stems, this is a delightful geranium and, given what I'm about to tell you, surprisingly rare. I am going to be brutally honest with you; if you choose to grow it, please be aware that it self-seeds so happily that it can become a problem. The best way to control this behaviour is to cut back the flowering stems well before seed has matured, even though there will still be blooms present. Needless to say, under no circumstances compost these! This has a double advantage. Not only does control the plant's urge to multiply but it prevents it from becoming too untidy and straggly - there are always new stems coming from the base. This treatment makes the plant manageable and I would not be without it in my cottage garden!|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Very simple - sow thinly in good quality compost in modules in spring or autumn, growing on until large enough to plant out. It is best to situate the plants where they will be easy to manage (see description above). The roots are strong and thick, so best in dryish, friable soil so that unwanted plants can more easily be completely removed if necessary.|