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Red Geranium Inspiration

This year my geraniums are beautiful. For five years, I have been following in the footsteps of my grandma and saving my geraniums from year to year. I pull them out of their pots right before it freezes, knock off the dirt, put them in brown paper bags from the grocery store and then put them in a dark place in the basement to grow dormant.

In the spring,  after the threat of frost has passed, I resurrect the plants from their hiding place and plant them in their pots once again with a drink of water and a little fertilizer. In a couple of weeks, the brown stems start producing green leaves and in a few more weeks gorgeous flowers appear. The plants keep up their beauty through the summer and into the early fall. Every time I go through this process, I think of my grandma and know she bequeathed her “green thumb” to me.

For the past couple of days, I’ve taken a hiatus from writing (except for blogging), and have delved into researching my next novel. I also had an itch to paint. I found my inspiration in my own backyard, and I attempted to capture the red geraniums. The one on the left is the painting; the one on the the real thing. Tell me what you think!

Backyard Bliss — Almost!

Some of my faithful blogging friends wanted pictures of my handy gardening work I did over the weekend. Granted, I’m not done yet. I came home again yesterday with MORE flowers, but these photos will bring you up to date on my progress. Just roll your mouse over the pictures to see the caption. That’s all (for now) folks!