Upside Down Geraniums ~ January 21, 2017

Do I have you wondering, what's up with that?! 

Many years ago I was told that you can uproot a Geranium plant, bring it indoors, hang it just as I have, and then replant it the next growing season.

If I had never seen this done, I would be as skeptical as you may be right now. Though I must admit, despite having known about this method of "saving and reviving Geraniums" for as long as I have, I've never once done it before!

So why this year? Well, this summer I happened upon 2 large, beautiful plants of the most vivid pink Geraniums I've ever seen. As it always is, when Autumn comes and my annual flowering plants are still flowering, I so dislike digging them up and throwing them out. It was especially so with these absolutely lovely Geraniums!

At that time, it came flooding back to my memory about what I'd been told. Then, ironically, within that same week I had a conversation with my neighbor who actually has done this before! She did warn me that they will most likely look as dead as a door nail, but not to get dismayed. Simply plant them into new soil in a pot indoors, in a sunny location. Trim back the branches somewhat, and water them carefully as needed. She said little by little, green sprouts will start to appear, then they can be transferred outdoors and my lovely Geraniums will soon be budding beautifully once again!

As you can see from the picture, my plants actually still have some green on them and color to the flowers that have yet to wither and decay completely. This is after having been uprooted and hung upside down nearly 3 months! They make my heart happy and hopeful each time I go into the basement and see them. It's quite miraculous that they could even revive after such a harsh, water-less existence. 

Like these Geraniums, we, too, may have lain dormant a time or two in our lives, but that doesn't mean we cannot be revived to our "former glory". I imagine that if these Geraniums could actually think, they know just how beautiful they were, and how beautiful they can once again be, for all that they need is within them. While they may be in a state of dormancy, they know it's only temporary, thus they continue to see themselves for who they really are ~ a gorgeously amazing, lovely shade of pink Geranium......

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Welcome, New Year ~ January 1, 2017

What better way to bring in the New Year than to wake to a sunrise, and enjoy the beauty of sunshine and a brilliant blue sky? I think it's been nearly 2  weeks since I've seen a day like today!

Dean has decided to take advantage of his time off by splitting firewood, to keep our supply plentiful. While there's a slight bit of residual snow on the ground, completing the task will actually be enjoyable with the warm sunshine as his companion. Of course, I've also packed him a lunch to snack on throughout the day as he works. So much easier than stopping to come in and be lulled into complacency once the heat of the crackling fire hits you!

We've had our share of snow in December.... as have many other locations near and far.
 I never tire of the beauty of freshly fallen snow, despite the gray skies and cold temperatures that comes with it! Our backyard trees always put on a lovely display..... Have you enjoyed some pretty scenery as well?

This Red Bellied Woodpecker took a moment to enjoy a peanut suet nugget, a new treat I've added to the menu this year... Many of the birds absolutely love it! I just wish the weather would warm up enough for me to get a chance to clean the windows again. Spots and blemishes are no good for my picture taking!

After a while, I myself will have a snack, and will reheat some delicious split pea and ham soup I made for last night's dinner. I couldn't resist taking a picture! I think it's one of my it one of yours?

There's nothing like a good, hot bowl of soup to warm your insides, and cure what ails you! And while I know many people are thinking of better ways, and new resolutions to improve their lives, I prefer to quietly sit back and reflect on all that brought me enjoyment over the last year, and look forward to all I can do that will foster good things to continue to come my way. I've always liked quotes that compare the New Year to a blank book, it's pages just waiting to be written on with new opportunities and adventures we embark on that beautifully become happy moments in the days of our lives.....

Wishing you all things bright and beautiful, my friends! 

Wishing you everything happy and healthy....

Wishing you every good thing that could possibly come your way....


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