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No, summer has not come early to Wales – these photos of gorgeous geraniums were taken in New Zealand, at the Wintergarden in Auckland’s Domain, in October 2014. I think these are Geranium maderense, also known as Giant herb-Robert and the Madeira cranesbill (their original homeland was the island of Madeira). They are the largest of the many species of geranium and, as you can see, their pollen is much favoured by bees and flies. My photo of the blue-bottle’s bottom protruding from the flower always makes me smile. Happy Floral Friday!

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