For The Love of Geraniums

macro monday

Last week, I noticed that Lisa was hosting a new meme.  She called it Macro Monday.  I was delighted and asked to play.  She gave me special permission (Well, ok…it’s open to anyone, but can I please just indulge me and let me think that I’ve been given a special privilege) I may not be the best macro photographer, but there’s nothing I love more than getting up close and personal with a subject.

When I was growing up in San Diego, we had a hill that was covered in beautiful pink and red geraniums all year long.  I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I saw a pack of them being sold at Costco a few years ago.  I snapped them up without a second thought and placed them on my porch so that I could enjoy them every time I walked by.  Sadly, they didn’t seem to live very long.

This year, it somehow it occurred to me that maybe I should actually plant my newest batch of geraniums in the ground.  (I think that gardening class I taught in the spring managed to rub off on me!) To my amazement, those six geraniums are alive and thriving…in November!         

I had planned on using Macro Monday to show off my lovely posies to you, but it seems that it’s now pretty dark outside shortly after five pm now.  I’m going to have to ask you to use your vivid imagination while I pull some macros from my files.  Can you do that for me? Sure you can!

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Of course you know that every rhododendron geranium bloom starts out as a tight little bud, hiding the beautiful petals inside.

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Slowly the but starts to unfold offering us a glimpse of the splendor yet to come.

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There is nothing more beautiful than a magnolia geranium in full bloom.

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Of course, we all know that the day will come when the petals start to fall…

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I’m hoping to avoid the day that my geraniums no longer bloom.  I think they should just grow all year long.

One can dream….

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One last peek at my beauty…in the dark, no less…

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18 Responses to For The Love of Geraniums

  1. Mar says:

    Gorgeous flowers and macro shots!

  2. Beautifully sharp photos. I love geraniums too and plant a bunch every year.

  3. Tracey says:

    I used to hate geraniums when I was younger until I discovered how much they give back! They are great, strong plants that bloom more than the other pesky, more difficult summer beauties!

  4. Julia says:

    Great shots, the flowers are so pretty but I like the one peeking out of the snow.

  5. Jan says:

    I live in geranium friendly country. I can see why you miss them. I strolled around your blog, a bit, and couldn’t determine where you live.

  6. sillydreamer says:

    Beautiful shots and flowers 🙂

  7. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Oh Susan! I love your series, who said you’re gardening challenged? I LOVE them! Of course I love the plant in the snow too, it reminds me of Yellowstone when we had 6″ fall on us overnight and all these pretty little blooms were peeking through. 🙂

  8. Barb says:

    These are beautiful photos. I really like the snow pic.

  9. Linda says:

    Gorgeous photos … I love geraniums too. There’s a quaint little garden shop on the coast that sells every variety you can imagine. I love wandering through their gardens. I have planted a few in my own yard … red is my favorite.

  10. Very nicely done! I enjoyed them all! 🙂

  11. Stephanie says:

    Okay…I might have to steal this little thing from you. I mean…macros? LOVE THEM! Mondays……not so much…but it would definitely fill the void that is my brain mush on Monday mornings. So…I might do macro mondays as well. If..you know…I’m priviledged enough. LOL

    Love all the pics of your *ahem* Geraniums.

  12. Martha says:

    Nice shots! 🙂

  13. It’s funny you have such fond memories of geraniums–I live in San Diego and they’re my “toss ’em in where you can’t think of what to plant” flower.

  14. Amanda D says:

    I am in love with all your pictures, especially the white one. So beautiful! You are very talented. I am going to have to check out that meme – it sounds like it is right up my alley.

  15. Peggy says:

    I think I will respond by posting a geranium blog entry myself. You’re inspiring!

  16. tommie says:

    That white flower is postively gorgeous!

    The short evenings are a serious downer. I like my sunshine.