Saturday, June 28, 2008

Geranium garden

I know, I know, these are more properly called pelargoniums, but I can't help myself. It's like calling the refrigerator the ice box. It's what I do.

At any rate, last year I took all my geraniums and put them in a little garden. I stopped by the garden center and got a few more varieties. In the winter, I potted them up and brought them inside. They're back in the planters on the back terrace this year.

Yesterday I happened across peppermint-scented geraniums in the "quick sale" area of the grocery store, so I added one to the citrus scented varieties I already have. Everything is jumbled together, but if you look carefully, you'll see different shapes of leaves and colors of flowers.

I've got geraniums with giant leaves, ivy-leaf geraniums, regular garden-variety geraniums, and various colors of flower from deep purply-black to magenta to red to pink to white.

Oh, and this red and yellow leafed beauty (oops, forgot to weed that one!).

Because I'm so busy in the summer, I don't have time to take care of an extensive garden. This set of planters, the houseplants, the beds in front of the house, and the two pots of tomatoes are all I can manage. Most of the time, they get a slosh of water when I remember. I'm lucky they seem not to mind being ignored. What used to be the vegetable garden still has asparagus, lavender, chives, lamb's ear and Egyptian onions (walking onions), but the black-eyed Susans (rudbeckia) and weeds are taking over.


Mary said...

I love your geraniums! I may have to get some for the new little eco-house. I plan to take my pet irises and frog plant, and the mint, though I've been warned that it must be contained. I might keep it in a large pot, though a bordered flower bed might work.
Your ant is great -- good work, famous person!

Anonymous said...

Priscilla, I love your geraniums. The secret of being a satisfied gardener is to learn to relax and enjoy what you have. There is always work and always more you can do, but if you enjoy what you have that garden will flourish (just like kids!). You have some very interesting and different colors both in your leaves and flowers, I loved looking at the photos, it was like being on a garden tour. Helen