Don’t Embarrass Your Geraniums

“Science…tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding…inhibits and embarrasses them.” – Victoria Glendinning


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

17 thoughts on “Don’t Embarrass Your Geraniums”

  1. I’ll have to remember these words to keep my geraniums blooming this summer :) A lovely shade of peach/pink.

  2. Such a sweet, funny quote. I love the colour of the geranium blossoms you’ve pictures here – such a glowing peachy pink. Do you know the name of these ones?

  3. Thanks for your visits, gals, and for your kind comments. :)

    Amy, the tag that came with this particular plant just said ‘Rocky Mountain Salmon’. If I can find out more specific info, I’ll let you know. :)

  4. Well now, maybe that’s why my Geraniums do so much better when my mom is staying with me. She loves to dead head them and give them compliments.

  5. That’s a beautiful geranium in a color I’m unfamiliar with. I’m so glad to hear that talking to geraniums embarrases them. I sometimes feel guilty because I alwys hold back on talking to plants–at my age, I’m concerned someone might hear and think I’m senile. Now, I know I don’t have to worry it’s harming the plants to keep my mouth shut!

  6. Ah another one of my favourite vices… I love pelagoniums, especially scented leaf types. I havent talked to mine much, maye I should, give the cats some respite? I do stroke them though, love the scent of them on my hands.

  7. Lovely flower and photo, Nancy. I talk to my plants all the time. I think sometimes they want me to just shut up!

  8. Geraniums certainly deserve to have kind words spoken to them :) I’ll make a point of doing that more this summer. What a beautiful color this one is, and I love the funny quote.

  9. That is just hilarious. You should do a test with two geraniums. Be all mushy with one, and just cool and not too familiar with the other. :<)

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