Catching The Light

Pencilled Cranes-bill Geranium versicolor


Pencilled Cranes-bill (Geranium versicolor), rear garden, Staffordshire, England. May 2017.

Crane’s-bills

Meadow Crane's-bill Geranium pratense
Meadow Crane’s-bill (Geranium pratense)
Pencilled Crane's-bill (Geranium versicolor)
Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor)
French Crane’s-bill Geranium endressi
French Crane’s-bill (Geranium endressii)

I have always had Crane’s-bills geraniums growing in my gardens. They have to be one of my very favourtie flowers which die down in the autumn and pop up again in the spring, year after year. The colours and patterns are so vivid, and they attract a lot of different species of bee and bumblebee.


Front and rear gardens, Staffordshire. May 2017.

A Beautiful Opening

Pencilled Crane’s-bill Geranium versicolor

You don’t always need a macro lens to take close up photos. This was taken with my Nikon 300mm telephoto zoom lens.


Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor), rear garden, Staffordshire, England.May 2017.

Catching The Morning Light

Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor),

Photograph of Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor), taken October 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Last Of The Geraniums

Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor)

Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor)

This is a delicately and definitively marked crane’s-bill, with its bright pinkish-purplish blooms with notched tips. The darker veins present fine traceries of patternation on the petals. This perennial forms tight clumps, with broad, deep-toothed leaves 4-8cm across. Several crane’s-bill hybrids may lead to confusion of identification. Plant height 60cm. Flower size 15 to 18mm.

It flowers May to September, and is wdely naturalised, growing in various habitats, including deep shade environments. Commonly grown as a garden plant. Native of the Mediterranean, it is common and widespread in the south and south-west of England.

Photograph of Pencilled Crane’s-bill (Geranium versicolor), taken September 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens. Top image: ISO 400. 1/50 sec. f/7.1. Bottom inage: ISO 400. 1/80 sec. f/9.