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Geranium Jolly Bee — 44 Comments

  1. Hi Alistair, you and your wife have an amazing garden! Are they Sedums you have got along with your
    Rosa Sweet Haze? If so, what type are they. Are the petals of that rose delicate. It looks lovely but where I am thinking of planting one it can be quite windy at times.

  2. Autumn – pretty good season!

    I’m always impressed how you are able to press plants up together in your garden without them seeming to feel claustrophobic. There’s a great skill at work here.

  3. It is very interesting Pam, it really is my own suggestion that it may be the soil difference that is affecting the colour, I don’t really know. I must say though the picture of Rozanne on your post today, one of the blooms has a purple hue yet the other bloom is decidedly blue.

  4. Dear Alistair, Fascinating posting and comments. I love my perennial geranium ‘Rozanne’ because it is so reliable — blooming all summer and still going strong today. Mine is purple though. Pamela

  5. Hi Janet, I have often thought of trying the Cercis, not so sure if it would take to the Aberdeen weather. The Jolly Bee Geranium is in fact the same colour as Rozanne, its the habit which I was going on about.

  6. Hi Alistair, I am fascinated at the change in flower colour you report, and that something apparently genetically identical can perform so differently. Lucky that you got the plant that behaves as you want it to. Lovely photos of the birch and the late roses. Our trees are still green, barely a hint of autumn yet, the one exception being the Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’.

  7. We no longer have Rozanne Cathy, we removed it and replanted with Jolly bee and found this to be what we were looking for. I cut ours back in late August so for this reason the leaves are still very green, but they are smaller, plants are still smothered in flowers.

  8. Yes, but as you know, even the tiniest genetic difference makes each one unique. Plant genetics being as advanced as they are, I wonder why no one thought to look at it? Earlier this year I moved a small piece of Jolly Bee to another place in the garden and have it growing not too far from another piece of Rozanne, and the blooms look the same nut the plants are very different in terms of how they grow and even the color of the foliage as the season turns to fall.

    Do you notice that too? Rozanne has stayed quite dark and is on the larger and taller side side but as the days have gotten cooler, the Jollee Bee leaves have taken on a tinge of red aroung the edges and leaves are smaller and brighter green. (And it’s not because of different exposure to light or different growing conditions… I have them three feet apart in the same bed.)

  9. Hi Carolyn, it reminds me of the time when we had a blue meconopsis, I remember lifting it and replanting in an extremely shady position. The flowers in the following Spring were no longer blue but a distinct purple.

  10. Well that is very interesting–the DNA was identical. I have never grown ‘Jolly Bee’ in the ground–I have only seen it in a pot, love the name though. Soil must effect the flower color. I always wondered why the photos on the tag showed blue flowers.

  11. I love seeing G. ‘Jolly Bee’ threaded through your Alchemilla mollis… and the pretty combinations of Rosa Sweet Haze with the sedum. Your garden is looking very lovely for October!

  12. I have never seen hardy geraniums with this true blue colored flowers! What a beauty! I need to check if they have it in our nurseries. I agree with other readers – your garden is gorgeous! Love all the roses, even Buxom Beauty!

  13. Alistair, The ‘Jolly Bee’ and the ‘Rozanne’ that I have sold at my nursery have always been indistinguishable. Now I don’t know if it was because I didn’t have the real ‘Jolly Bee’. ‘Rozanne’ was the U.S. Perennial Plant Association plant of the year for 2008 and is patented. It really is a great plant, blooming here from May until December. But you would never call it blue (unless you were in the marketing department)–it has very large purple flowers. Carolyn

  14. So, now that we ALL want Jolly Bee, you will just have to go into cutting production Alistair. I love blue geraniums and it would be nice to have one that is shorter. Your gardens are entering the fall season beautifully.

  15. That’s a shame Holley, and so many of the Hardy Geraniums are reasonably tolerant of drought, well to a certain extent I suppose.

  16. Hi b-a-g, they haven’t officially kept the name, a settlement was made and Jolly bee had to be withdrawn, although I see that some suppliers of Rozanne are including the name of Jolly bee when it is not the actual plant which you will get.

  17. Hi Alistair, I like geraniums and you quickly had me sold on Jolly Bee…that is until I scrolled down just a bit further and discovered that it was not available. What a shame! I like Rosanne’s long bloom time and would have liked to have the slightly bluer variety as well. It looks great BTW in amongst the Lady’s Mantle and under the roses. Thanks for including me on the “Your Gardens” page. I am deeply honoured and appreciative!

  18. I was curious to see this post when the name Jolly Bee popped up, and it didn’t disappoint. Not surprised they kept the name if not the plant.

  19. I love the garden pic of your geraniums. I tried to start some this year, but the drought did them in. I will definitely try again next year! Love the blue! And your roses look gorgeous!

  20. Cathy, the tiniest difference in genetic make up can make all the difference, just look at me and the monkeys, well on second thoughts i could have given a more obvious example.

  21. Alistair, I have both Jolly Bee and Rozanne, and you are absolutely correct – the blooms look identical but the plants are very different. And I got Jolly Bee by accident…. I have Rozanne under one of our crab apples and it is almost thigh high. I wanted something that high and blue in our other perennial garden. I saw the plant in bloom at the nursery and never bothered to check the tag… just grabbed it and plopped it in the other bed toward the back, where it has made a wonderful groundcover of sorts but is completely lost as it is so short. You can hardly see it behind the astilbe and echinacea!

    I think we will move at least some of it in the spring. It will fare much better in our Secret Garden where I can use something lower growing.

    It’s too bad they didn’t evaluate these more carefully before pulling Jolly Bee off the market. I do love the white eye, and that is what attracted me to it in the first place. I wonder if one is the sport of the other?

  22. What a great combination the Jolly Bee Geranium, Lady’s Mantle and pink roses make! Although I’m reluctant to see fall arrive, I enjoyed your great shots of its beauty.

  23. Alistair I also have the “real” Jolly Bee. It is a stunner and I love it. I have to say your gardens look lovelier and lovelier every time I see them. The dramatic effect of the fall foliage against the green and still flowering garden is quite spectacular. We are also losing our leaves before they turn any color but brown. They are stressed from our extremes this year. Better color is coming out on some other trees around due to the cooler weather. This weekend we are having a heat wave so it should be great for gardening. Oh and the roses you still have…wonderful!!

  24. Alistair I love Jolly bee with Lady’s Mantle under your roses, the late afternoon/evening sun just now is golden, the moor and crofts around my house turn gold (well when the sun can get through the clouds), I really like the last rose Laura Anne, a beautiful colour, does it have a perfume? Frances

  25. Alistair, – Your unknown yellow climber looks very like ‘Maigold’ to me. Not if it repeat flowers, though. There’s quite a lot of colour variation in the flowers, so not easy to tell from them. But Maigold’s pimpinellifolia parentage – bright red young growth with close-set thorns – may be a clue

  26. Thanks Larry, I am very pleased that you continue to check out my posts and comment on them. We had a short spell of weather which outshone mid summers best .

  27. Alistair… your hardy geraniums with your roses are very effective and a delight to behold… I continue to enjoy your posts and thank you for sharing your great gardens… we have been having some of the most wonderful weather of the entire season… makes gardening seem totally worth every bit of the planning and effort as we experience the fruit of our creations on days like these! Larry

  28. Very stunning scenery and images Alistair. The trees are coloring beautifully. Our trees have barely started, but leaves are falling.

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