We've made it through 2021, despite the Covid related challenges that we all experienced! We are certainly ready for a fresh start and another growing season to enjoy our gardens and landscapes.
We have completed updating our website for 2022, so you may now place orders for our amazing Alpine Ivy Geraniums and the popular interspecific hybrid geraniums as well. Once again, there have been a few changes in the greenhouses regarding what varieties we are growing for this new year. We were very excited a couple of years ago to finally have a white flowering variety in the Ville de Paris series. However, after growing Ville de Paris Dresden for two seasons, we made the decision to discontinue that variety. It lacked the vigor that the rest of the Ville de Paris varieties have, and when used in a mixed planting it would get overwhelmed by the more vigorous plants. We have increased our production of the White Mid Cascade, which has done well for us for many years. Among the Calliope varieties, we have added Rose Mega Splash, which has a striking two-tone flower and a color hard to find in interspecific geraniums.
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 some of the Calliope and Caliente hybrid geraniums several years ago, and they have become very popular. These interspecific hybrid 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 several years ago and now have a special box just for shipping these fuller, larger plants. Because they are more developed, you could 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.
For the second year in a row, we have not increased our shipping rates. Though many of our costs have risen in the past year, we decided once again to keep shipping rates the same.
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 2022!
From the greenhouses,
Paul and Joyce Larson and the greenhouse crew