I am always afraid of overwintering geraniums. They get leggy, and drop leaves, and seem extremely unhappy. However, we had two loverly ivy geraniums rescued from the clearance rack this summer, and I am afraid of the age old trick of letting them go dormant and hanging them in a paper bag for the winter. I say every year I am going to try this with some of the seed geraniums, and every year I chicken out. We are, at last, making some major space in the garage at my parents house, so maybe next year.
Here is a look at the geraniums living (hopefully) with me this winter. Most pictures were taken before I cleaned them up.
|Such a lovely, deep scarlet red. Ivy geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) are sometimes called Swiss Balcony Geraniums, and imagining this guy cascading down from a balcony makes me want to consider him for the Penthouse window boxes next year.|
|The little pink lady is not nearly as large.|
|But still too pretty to let the frost take.|
|Speaking of my window boxes, I grabbed these guys(Pelargonium x hortorum)out of them the other day as an afterthought. I can't believe that it is almost Thanksgiving and the petunias are still blooming. And, it appears, one of the geraniums. I love how the one, with it's autumnal foliage, almost looks like a jumble of all the new types of heuchera. I went ahead and potted them up.|
|The fuzzy leaf of Pelargonium 'Logee's' scented geranium|
|The teeny leaf of 'Cook's Snowflake'. Slightly rose scented.|
|The deeply-cut leaves of 'Dr. Livingstone' (which is how mine is labeled-also found under 'Dr. Livingston'). A strong lemon-rose scent. Indeed, this is the most fragrant of the three.|