Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Come inside dear geraniums!


The temperature is dropping each day and the sun has been replaced with silver grey, heavy clouds and rain. And it doesn't feel like November, it feels more like October... Mother nature is behaving really weird... But it is just a question of time before frost hits.

Now is the time for all my dear Miss Geranium plants to come inside. This is my favorite plant as I am known to be a plant killer but Miss Geranium always stay put with my ignorance and forgetful mind. Somehow she always survives my poor care and little nurturing.

Some say I am Swissified - meaning I have become Swiss having so many geraniums at my front door. Maybe I am Swissified but I also know that this particular plant brings comfort to my Swedish roots aswell. It brings my mind to window sills in Swedish summer houses, sounds of trapped flies on a glassed veranda, the smell from warm Swedish summers and the sight of my mother pinching bloomed out flowers and browned leaves from each plant in an almost meditative routine.  Now I do the same. 15 minutes of cleaning up geraniums and feel as good as new.

Why risk a cold death for these beauties? I make that mistake every year. Leave them out to long... Maybe 1 of 15 plants survives... But this year I am going to be more careful. I am growing up (maybe it is time to grow up at age 45???) and it is time to learn about more and care better for my beloved plants. Maybe I will actually succeed in carrying my geraniums over winter this time. At least right now I am on time.

PS 1: Thank you all for your encouragement on my job interview. You are so sweet.
PS 2: I owned my space. The interview went very well. Now it is only to wait and see if I will be called in to a second interview or not. I should know by the end of the week.


Kärlek
Annette


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28 comments :

  1. Annette, you have a tree in the wall of the house?
    Your geraniums are beautiful:-)
    Also with us is the strange weather, winter does not go:-)

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    1. Hi Daniela
      HA ha ha! The tree is not growing out of the wall of the house, but it sure looks like it. It was planted 1957, a teeny tiny little Wisteria that now is old, wise and proud. Thank you for visiting today and putting a smile on my face with your comment.
      Xxx

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  2. First of all, I am so happy for you, regarding the interview!
    I love the geranium plant as well, I have managed to save som during the years.
    I have one apricot/salmon colored and she is a beauty!
    Enjoy the loooong autumn, the seasons are truly wierd!

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    1. Hi Monica
      Thank you so much. Doing my best to enjoy this looooong autumn. But now I am ready for snow I think. Have a lovely day.
      Xxx

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  3. I think of geraniums as being so Swedish, specially certain colours, there are everywhere in Sweden :-) I love them,
    xx

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    1. Hi
      Thank you fro visiting today. Yes, they are very popular in Sweden too. I think many of us love this typical "GrandMa" plant.
      Xxx

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  4. Best wishes to you Annette. I'm sure you'll get a second interview call. :-) Your Geranium plant is so beautiful. Its starting to get cold here too. I don't mind the cold, but the short days are slightly disappointing. I want more daylight :-)
    Have a great week!
    -Ranjitha

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    1. Hi Ranjitha
      Thank you for your encouragement on my job interview. I totally agree with you, cold weather is nice but the darkness is hard to deal with. But I am lucky, Switzerland is still pretty light compared to Sweden where I come from.
      Xxx

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  5. Your geraniums are so beautiful! It would be a waste to leave them outside to die! Best wishes that you get your 2nd interview!

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  6. I love the geraniums by your door, they look perfect. I hope they pull through the winter for you.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. Cross fingers I will do well with my plants. Only time will tell.
      Xxx

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  7. Looks great! The top one!
    You're so right! Very interesting!


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  8. I love them, natives here. They grow so easily. There are beautiful wild ones near to where we are moving now - google Seweweekspoort malva.
    Glad it went well with the interview!

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    1. Hi Stel
      I have to check that out. Hold on... Oh, I know those. We have them at the side of the roads in Sweden and we call them Malva too. They are gorgeous. How I wish I could have a corner of those in my garden, to pick for summer bouquets in my kitchen. Thanks for the tips. I will look out for seeds to plant.
      Xxx

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  9. I love geraniums too so perhaps I have also become Swissified! I wish I could bring mine inside to prevent them from the frost and cold, but I have no space in an apartment to do this. I hope you will be successful in preserving your geraniums for next year.

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    1. Hi Sandra
      Swissified indeed... But never 100% Swiss. Could you maybe put them in your storage place (cellar??? or attic?), or maybe even in the staircase in the building .Maybe it will be appreciated to have some flowers cheering up the steps.
      Xxx

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  10. I adore geraniums, but have not had any in at least 2 years! Thanks for sparking my interest again. I love the way they survive my not-so-green thumbs :) :)

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    1. Hi Lynne
      Happy to inspire. Thank you for visiting today and yes, get some geraniums next summer again!
      Xxx

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  11. I'm a little late but I really hope the interview was enough to get you through to the next stage. Fingers crossed for you! Good luck with those geraniums too, I'm a very fair weather and inconsistent gardener too, maybe I've still got time to learn too! ;)

    S x

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    1. Hi Snadra
      Thank you. I need all the good luck available to save these plants. I am determent to succeed this time. Thanks for your pep on the job interview. Cross fingers...
      Xxx

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  12. I must also be Swissified as we have lots of geranium plants at our front door and other places too. We have brought the plants in and they do very well over winter when they are protected.

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    1. Hi Gillian
      This is nice to hear. That I am not the only one with tons of geraniums at my front door. Do you maybe have any tips and trix to share on how to care for them best in winter?
      Xxx

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  13. I love Geraniums too. Lovely colours... easy to grow...

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    1. Hi
      Thank you for visiting. Happy Wednesday!
      Xxx

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  14. Good Morning Annette: loved your post about the Geraniums.... I too love them and used to hate to see them fade and die in winter... tried bringing mine in but sadly my house does not support pants with insufficient winter light requirements.... One day I learned about taking the plants out of their pots and gently shaking all of the dirt from their roots and gently placing them in a brown paper bag and storing them in a cool dark place over the winter!! No need to water and they go dormant!!! In the spring I pull them out and put them back in pots with fresh soil and slowly reintroduce them to outdoor conditions.... the leaves are often pale green or even yellow but after a short time in the sunlight they green up once again and are ready to bloom and bring pleasure to Me and the garden!!! Perhaps this is not necessary for you as maybe your home receives enough hours of the type of lighting these plants require.... but I just thought I'd share what has worked for me!
    Hoping you get that second call back for your interview...

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  15. I've read somewhere that Geraniums are associated with foolishness. Whether true or not, or whatever the meaning, you can’t deny the fact that they are beautiful. To me, you can add those lovely flowers to a flower bouquet and send to your loved ones.

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Annette

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