Monday, October 24, 2016

Potting Up Geraniums

The cold weather has begun in typical hit and miss fashion here in the Boston
area.  I had glorious pink geraniums in a wire planter outdoors, and thought why
not take them inside and see if they will last.  I remember my mom doing this, and she
potted up her outdoor geraniums in a large blue and white ceramic planter.  
She was always one for putting plants in containers, where I was used to putting things
directly into the ground.  And when winter arrived....that was it 'til next year.
Last fall she and dad sold their home on Martha's Vineyard and 
many of the day to day items, like pots and garden things, 
got parceled off to the kids.  
( I love that at my age I can still be called a kid. *wink*)
I ended up with a pair of terra cotta and white ceramic planters so
 I decided to bring in my geraniums like I recall mom doing.  
They are full of blooms and look incredibly pretty.  
However they are also very summery looking, and don't exactly mix with the 
pumpkins and fall garland I have about the house.  
How long can I have them with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up?
There were so many geraniums I had enough to put some in an old
vintage funeral basket.  I filled the bottoms with some pea stone as there is
no drainage, and I will try not to overwater.  They look so lovely, 
but with the holiday decor about to happen, its times like these 
that I think a green house or a conservatory would be ideal! 
 A modest sized one would be very nice indeed.  
I would be in heaven with something like this!
But I don't , and have no plans to create one.  Yet.
 If I could figure out a way to find an old one on Craigslist that has been disassembled 
and is looking for a new home, then maybe I could have a small conservatory...
In the mean time I have outdoor plants indoors, and I am trying to make them work.
I added little velvet pumpkins I made to this planter.  Pretty cute.
BUT.....
At first sign of lots of dropped leaves or yellowy brown stuff, these will have
to head out to the compost pile.  
Oh, and someone told me to cut my geraniums back to about a third of their growth.
That way they will come back fuller than ever.  
But they look full now and have tons of blooms~so can I wait to cutback?
Just enjoy for now, then toss?
Any of you gardeners have any input for me?
See how full they are?
Oh, yesterday I met a blogger pal and we went antiquing in Boston
at the Vintage Sowa Market.  
Guess what I found...a wonderful piece of french furniture!!! 
I will share all about that and the very fun time I had at
 this blogger meet up on my next post. 


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