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Reply from Albert Parsons

Geraniums hold no mystery

Or so I always thought.

But I gazed in wide-eyed wonder

At this one peculiar pot.

Two different types of blossoms

One single stem — unbroken

One-half Patricia Andrea

Blooms never fully open.

The other just a regular

Now here’s the fascination

No bees or breezes in the room

To induce cross-pollination.

Surely someone out there

Understands why this is so

I yearn to find the answer

Would Albert Parsons know?

Here’s an explanation for Eva:

The “Patricia Andrea” geranium mentioned in the poem is the one commonly called the tulip geranium. Such a plant is called a chimera, which is a plant that has cells of more than one genotype (genetic makeup) growing in adjacent tissues of the plant. This often occurs in hybrid plants. I have had a single geranium plant produce two distinctly different coloured blooms. Plants with variegated leaves often display this characteristic as well — some non-variegated leaves will appear, or sometimes leaves totally lacking any green at all.



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