Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Geranium love

My middle name is "plant killer". I just don't do well with plants. I don't have so called "green fingers" and every flower I buy dies within days in my care.

But not the geranium. I love geraniums and geraniums love me. I have a collection of them and I don't know them by name. Maybe the light pink one is a Mårbacka...

Some call Geraniums grandma's flowers. I think they are adorable even in a home without a grandma. They are just representing love and comfort to me. And maybe the grandma label is just that - comfort.

My mother has told me to water them with flower extract every now and then, not to often. She has told me to break off the old flowers from the blooming crowns to nurture the buds to come in bloom. To nip off old crowns to give energy for the new ones coming in. And all this I do. I can. I can care for a geranium. There is something soothing in nipping off those old crumbled dry flowers. To care for a geranium is to be mindful. Right here, right now with no distracting thoughts or stress. Yoga for my mind and soul. Just a few minutes now and then and look how beautiful they become. And the best part is that it doesn't matter if I forget to water them, they will survive for weeks... Geraniums is love to me.

Kärlek
Annette

10 comments :

  1. I love geraniums too!!!Have planted a few in my balcony!!Totally agree, they are so easy to care. Yours look soooo pretty!!

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  2. Geraniums are the one flower I can keep alive also. I don't think they are Grandma flowers at all! They remind me of when I was little- my mom and I used to spend all morning deadheading the pots of geraniums that lived on our patio. It is kind of soul-cleansing, and anything that I associate with my mom is a good thing. Enjoy your flowers!

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  3. I am so like you! I kill off every plant I buy for my garden. My husband says I 'over love' them! But I can tend geraniums. They must be hardy plants! So I have them everywhere in my garden! They are bright and beautiful and make me smile. Oh how I love the geranium!!!!

    Have a super day!

    Vanessa xxxx

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  4. Hi Annette! I've just found your blog and I'm enjoying it enormously! Like you I have brown fingers..I'm thinking I might have one last go at growing something...Geraniums! They are such happy plants aren't they? xxxx

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  5. Love geraniums! I adore the smell and always use geranium essential oil in by burner to lift my mood. It smells......well....happy I suppose! :)
    Love
    Tickety-boo
    x

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  6. Oh lovely lovely lovely, one of my favourite plants as it Survives SO Easily, me also being a plant killer.
    Did you you that it's a native to South Africa? I found a lovely pattern book the other day, with crochet /knittings patterns of ± 100 flowers, including these...going to try it soon!

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  7. My mother has a green thumb (unlike me, most flowers quickly wilt in my hands). But the flower I always associate with her is the geranium, she has a balcony full of the prettiest geraniums and such a simple flower is so packed with significance to me that I would say it's one of the loveliest in the world.
    Yes, your geraniums are gorgeous!
    xxx

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  8. Such lovely flowers, Annette! I just planted a couple geraniums in pots this past weekend and LOVE them. Yes, they are soothing to care for and its colorful blooms rewarding in every sense. Have a lovely rest of your week :-)

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  9. Superfine blomster! Ser ut til at du får til disse... =) Lykke til!
    Sommerklem fra Norge =)

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  10. I grew up in Switzerland, but live in Australia now. I like reading your blog because it reminds me of “home”, and geraniums are on every balcony .. watch out, you are being “ swissified”!

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Kärlek
Annette

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