"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ruby Tuesday

Pretty potted geraniums that adorned my backyard table are about to be tucked away for the winter months. But for a short time I shall just enjoy their summer Ruby Tuesday glow as they grace my dining room floor.

Photo: Mrs. Mac's red geraniums


Pat said...

I'll miss their beauty, mine are looking almost the same. Can you store them over the winter?

Mrs. Mac said...

Pat ... last year I just shook off the dirt and pulled off the flowers & buds ... then stuck them in a brown paper grocery bag and stuck them in the basement. With such a long winter ... only a few survived.

This season, I'm just trimming them down, re-potting in small pots with fresh soil and watering. The cuttings have been placed in small plastic throw away pots with new soil and watered too. I'll store them on my laundry room counter and hope they come back in the spring.

Sara said...

i've been told that you can cut them all the way down and simply put them into a garage or basement and that they will regrow. i have a co worker who swears this works.

Jada's Gigi said...

I kow..its so bittersweet to put them away isn't it?

Maggie Ann said...

Red geraniums do have a glow about them, don't they. Just imagine the enjoyment they've brought women over the years. Rich and poor alike. I like the wax begonias too...my Grandma always 'wintered' some over...messy as they are, and each pot was the proud home of a real fishing worm, she would let us know.

Felisol said...

Dear Mrs. Mac,
Me too, me too!
How happy I am reading about your geraniums.
Just yesterday I took mine in from the terrace and place them in my living room and in my kitchen.
I have several years tried to put them in my laundry room (my Mom always did, still does in fact); mine tend to die there.
So, I've decided that this year I will try to keep them upstairs and give them a chance.
Somehow I think my grandma always had some in her living room.
Dear, you gave me a happy Ruby Thursday morning.
From Felisol

Jim said...

MM, those are nice big geraniums. Could ours be orange? We just leave ours out all winter, they may get nipped by a freeze but if so they come back healthier the next year.
I hope your Rube Red Tu was happy, I'll try to be on time next week.