This summer I bought red geraniums for our front garden. I didn't buy enough to really fill the area, so I bought more red ones. Not a good idea, one was a nice true red, the other, kind of tomato soupy red. Even the foliage was a different shade of green. I wasn't happy with how the front looked for most of the summer. When I was looking for photos to share here, there were few to be found. The photo above was from the end of June. The one below was taken the beginning of November. Yes, I know, the geraniums and the mums are not good together. Don't get me started on mums.
Over Thanksgiving weekend we had a couple frosts so it was time to cut back, pull out and do some clean up around the garden. I needed to decide what to do with the geraniums. I don't like geraniums much, but I hate buying new plants if I can save the ones I have. Time for a Google search. I was NOT keeping these geraniums in the house.....visions of eighth grade English revisited.
The frost kissed geraniums did have some nice fall colors.
Garden Gate magazine had a short video one way to overwinter geraniums without too much muss or fuss. In short, get a box and put the plants (minus the soil around the roots) in the box. The first box I got out of the garage wasn't large enough. The box keeps the light off the plants while they are resting in a dormant state. In the video she was putting the box in an unheated basement. Our lower level is built into the earth, so it isn't that cold. I decided to keep mine in the garage, up against against the house wall. After finding a larger box, the geranium experiment has begun.
The box is closed, facing the wall and should be fine.
Accessing more of the yard, I found some bunny was hungry-- these are my gladiolus. All eaten back to a nub. Foliage left to 'mulch' the garden. Rotten critter!!
Do you overwinter any plants? What about nasty Pelargoniums?
Tree posts will continue, having to go back through many of my photos to get a full season's photo profile.
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