PAGS TOP TWELVE LIST 2009-2012
Welcome to the Society ‘Top Twelve Pelargonium Plant List Analysis’, which is a compilation of the various show results taken from around the country. This information is collected from numerous Secretaries, Show Secretaries and Show Managers etc., to whom we extend our grateful thanks for their much appreciated co-operation. This is a valued service that the Society is pleased to provide for the benefit of all its members, but without all your help the exercise would simply not be possible.
To all newcomers, may we explain that the following tables contain the names of cultivars that have been winning the show prize cards from Affiliated Societies around the country, including our own National Show. This gives some helpful suggestions on the cultivars and species to possibly purchase from specialist nurseries when assembling or increasing your collection of pelargoniums. An asterisk is placed alongside the cultivars that earned the highest honours, such as gold or silver cards. A double asterisk shown implies the cultivar obtained Best in Show. Award cards are freely available to all Groups and Affiliated Societies from the National Society upon request.
The overall Top Twelve List is based on the highest number of points won by the section winners. All the named cultivars are based on being greenhouse grown and are not intended as a guide to any outdoor performance. Where a tie has occurred, the premier placing was given to the one that secured most firsts. Double and semi-double basic zonals are placed together in one section.
Observations and Comments
The twelve tables show a mixture of trusty and reliable old favourites, combined with some superb new releases. It was pleasing and encouraging to note the emergence of several recent releases into the various table sections. Hopefully, provided they are proved of good quality and different to existing favourites, exhibitors and enthusiasts will endeavour to grow and trial many other new releases, especially as we are fortunate to have some excellent hybridisers in this country in addition to those overseas. Please kindly continue to support their endeavours and also our UK specialist pelargonium nurseries.
The overall winner of the Top Twelve List was in fact a recent Miniature Zonal introduction called ‘Flaming Katy’ raised by Denis and Sarah Shea. It was first introduced by Warrenorth Nursery in the year 2000 and the plant has gorgeous semi-double salmon/coral blooms set against dark green foliage with a slight zone. This cultivar has quickly gained well deserved recognition from all plant enthusiasts who wish to add this amazing plant to their existing collections. Chasing very hard on Katy’s heels are the very popular Basic Stellar Pelargonium cultivar ‘Grandad Mac’ and also the Angel Pelargonium cultivar ‘Quantock Kirsty‘.
We hope that you find this list and tables of interest and helpful in growing pelargoniums
THE OVERALL TOP TWELVE LIST
1. Flaming Katy 7. Frank Headley
2. Grandad Mac 8. Bembridge
3. Quantock Kirsty 9. PAC Evka
4. Brackenwood 10. Highfield’s Choice
5. Lady Plymouth 11. Penny Dixon
6. Penny Lane 12. Pink Dolly Vardon
|Basic Zonals – Double & Semi-double
||Basic Zonals – Single
|Gold & Bronze Zonals
|Species and/or Scented Leaf
If any of your Society award winners are not included in the above, only results submitted by Show contacts on the completed National Society analysis forms can be included.
The above lists and observations were compiled by PAGS member, Derek Lee from Coventry and dedicated to the late Alan Shellard, a respected grower, judge and hybridiser.