Your Daily Dose of Natural Beauty, courtesy Advertiser Zenith Holland Nursery – Tango Red Zonal geraniums bring passionate crimson to garden displays:
Today’s image conjures cheerful warm thoughts of approaching summer. The bright blooms of this Tango red zonal geranium certainly live up to their romantic name; that fabled hyper-passionate dance of Argentine origins. In fact, Zonal geraniums would be very comfortable in Argentina, since they are tropical perennials. But here in the Pacific Northwest we typically enjoy them as annuals, which may occasionally over-winter if it is mild. Dedicated gardeners will find that Zonal Geraniums may also be brought indoors for the winter, thus extending their life over more than one season.
Zonal geraniums are really pelargonium, (true geraniums are perennials called cranesbill geraniums) and hail from South Africa, explaining their preference for sun and a little dry out before watering. While they will bloom more abundantly when you allow the soil to dry out one or two days before watering, be careful not to take the practice too far which could lead to plant decline. As mentioned they prefer sun, but can be successful in partial shade, though perhaps not as vibrant blooming.
These industrious growers are terrific in pots and have been hybridized to offer a variety of colors and sizes. Most will spread out in pots or beds during their long blooming period of mid-spring to first frost. They will appreciate a light feeding every 2-4 weeks and with attentive dead-heading of the entire spent flower stalk, they will reward your efforts by blooming repeatedly throughout the season.
Whether you call them pelargonium or hail them by their alias geranium, their beauty and ease of growing is undeniable in any color you choose.
You can learn more about pelargoniums/geraniums here:
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This “Daily Dose of Natural Beauty” is brought to you by Zenith Holland Nursery, thanking you and the South King County community for your continuing support.
As a designated “Essential Business” member of the Food and Agriculture sector, Zenith Holland Nursery is operating daily offering a broad selection of edibles including fruits and cool season vegetable starts that can be planted now. Owner /Operator Lyn Robinson and her husband are on site daily to assist customers with their horticultural needs, while other staff remain safely at home.
If you are one of the many folks who would like to seize your stay-at-home time to plant a Victory garden, Zenith Holland can help. They are a local resource for seeds, soil and fertilizer. While practicing social distancing measures on site, they can also answer questions or orders by phone.
Established in 1907, Zenith Holland Nursery is proud to be the oldest continually operating business in Des Moines. They specialize in growing and providing quality plants ranging from hardy perennials to culinary herbs, colorful annuals, sedums, ground covers and hanging baskets. The nursery sits on just over an acre of land with eleven greenhouses.
Zenith Holland is located just south of downtown Des Moines at 23260 Marine View Drive South (map below).
Their current hours are:
- Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. so you can shop small, shop local, shop essential.
Zenith Holland Nursery
23260 Marine View Drive South
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-7002
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