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Wintering Geraniums

By Nancymccarroll
Last month, I brought in over a dozen fairly good sized geraniums to spend the winter in the garage.
Past failed attempts at keeping geraniums alive over previous winters included hanging the roots upside down (a definite failure), wintering the pots in the outside garden shed (they all died within two weeks), and then last year, they spent the winter in the house near a west window (some lived, but did not thrive) and in the garage (they actually lived and and even put on new leaves!).
An inexpensive shelving unit was purchased and assembled by the husband so that more pots could benefit from the sunny east facing garage.  He even cleaned up his work bench to allow room for the shelves.  And he hardly grumbled; that was probably just as sweet of him as assembling the shelves.
Wintering Geraniums

The plants are close to an east window in the garage, and seem to be doing fairly well after about six weeks in their winter home.  I've been watering them about every three weeks.
Some lovely  geranium art pictures from Barbara's blog:
Wintering GeraniumsCaroline Lord (American artist, 1860-1927) Woman with Geranium
Wintering GeraniumsAristide Maillol (French artist, 1861-1944) Portrait de Lucien 1896
Wintering GeraniumsAlfred Stevens (Belgian Painter, 1823-1906) Still Life with Geraniums 1889
Wintering GeraniumsPaul Cezanne (French artist, 1839-1906) The Flower Pots 1883-87
Wintering GeraniumsNancy McCarroll, Oil

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