I live in a climate of distinct seasons and seasonal responsibilities if you want a pleasant life throughout the year. Clean out the flower beds before the ground freezes. Put away the flower pots before they are covered with snow. Take out the snow shovel and put it in the garage. Check that the snow blower starts before you need to clear the driveway and go somewhere. Borrow the neighbors compressor and blow the water from the sprinkler lines. Drain the gas from the lawnmower. Doing these things brings another saying by Benjamin Franklin to life- “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.” Repairing a broken sprinkler system is expensive.
As I was moving my geraniums inside my pool house/guest cottage for protection from the snow, I thought of my grandmother and her amazement of geraniums in pots when she visited Europe. My grandmother grew geraniums like weeds in Southern California. She would break off a branch, stick it in the ground, and water the plant. A new bush would develop. Geraniums were the plant of no thought or pot. For residents of the Northern climates, geraniums are the plant of perservance, hope, reward and surprise. If the plant is nurtured just a bit throughout the dark, cold winter; it will flourish in the heat of summer. Geraniums on a stairway or window box bring nature’s beauty to the starkest urban home. Salmon pink, coral, burgundy, lavender color radiates all late spring, summer and early fall.