Hello from chilly New England. It's quite cold outside now but the good news is the days are getting longer and before you know it we'll be outside again tending our gardens and looking for signs of spring!
We have completed updating our website for 2020, so you may now place orders for our amazing Alpine Ivy Geraniums and the popular Calliope hybrid geraniums as well. There have been a few changes in the greenhouses, with some new varieties and a couple we no longer grow. We are very pleased to offer two new varieties this year in the Mid Cascade Series: Appleblossom and Dark Red. We especially like the unique flower color of Appleblossom. It's sure to be a popular variety. Check out each of them on the Mid Cascade page. Last year, Ville de Paris Dresden joined the rest of the Ville de Paris series and you're going to love this addition to our most popular group of plants. Desden has beautiful white flowers, and grew very well for us last season. Unfortunately, we have lost our source for quality virus-tested stock for Ville de Paris Strawberry, so we are no longer offering this variety. Calliope Light Lavender is another addition in the greenhouse, replacing Lavender Rose. With beautiful medium lavender flowers on very productive and vigorous plants, we really like this variety.
If you are new to our website, you may have found us by searching for European, Balcony, or Alpine Ivy Geraniums, and we're certainly glad you found us! While we specialize in these prolific and beautiful plants, we also added the Calliope hybrid geraniums several years ago, and they have become very popular.
The Calliope varieties are produced by breeding an ivy geranium with a zonal geranium. They are not Alpine Ivy geraniums, so if you want the traditional European trailing ivy geranium, stay with our tried and proven Ville de Paris, Mid Cascade, or Minicascade series.
The above photographs have been submitted by our customers from all over the United States. They showcase some of the creative things customers have done with our European Alpine Ivy Geranium plants. Click on the side arrows to scroll through the slideshow!
In response to many customer requests, we will once again have a limited quantity of our geraniums available in a 4.5" pot. We have always grown these for our retail garden center, but tried shipping some in 2017 and now have a special box just for shipping these fuller, larger plants. Because they are more developed, you would use about half as many plants in your containers, and have terrific flowering several weeks earlier! Our website is not set up to accept orders for 4.5" pots, so if you're interested, please email or call to place orders for these geraniums. They are usually available about the first week of May.
As always, we love to get feedback from you and are ready to answer any questions you might have. Looking forward to warmer weather and a great 2020!
Paul and Joyce Larson