Thursday, October 05, 2006

Faded Blooms















I kept the flower baskets up as long as possible, but there comes a day when one must admit - the flowers are done. They were so beautiful all summer and I nursed them along into the fall, but the day had come... Sooo - Little Boy and I had a few very enjoyable afternoons this week seperating all the flowers because this Momma had big plans to winter over the geraniums. Oh yes, we made a nice big mess while we were at it. And then I just had to double check the directions on the internet about wintering geraniums and I learned that 2nd year plants are very leggy without many blooms. And - while I personally know people who bring their plants inside for the winter - my plan was to put the tubars in the basement - which is iffy anyway. So much for that idea - I don't really want leggy/bloomless plants in my baskets!... The thought provided us with hours of fun in the nice fall sunshine though so it wasn't a complete loss. And now the baskets are all cleaned out and in the basement - waiting for next year.

P.S. - Little Boy has a narrow telescoping rake - and if I keep it folded up - it is the perfect size for him!

11 comments:

joyce said...

It looks like you have a gardener in the making there. Little boys and dirt just go together.

Screen Door said...

It's not easy letting go of summer. I'm still tackling terracotta pots and baskets, It hasn't been frightfully cold yet to kill off the plants, but they look pretty pitiful. I need to pack up the containers for summer wishes.
HAVE FUN.
MELANIE

quiltpixie said...

yup geraniums aren't that nice when overwinetered I can tell you.... Tried that once and never again. :-)

Linda_J said...

Good helper there and a future gardener is born!

Pam said...

Little Boy and Momma sure do find plenty to keep them busy and happy and enjoying each others company. I would say Little Boy and Momma are making each moment a memory to be treasured.

Gail said...

Little boy is going to have such great memories of spending his days with Momma. What a wonderful job you are doing.

Darcie said...

Oh! They were gorgeous, Evelyn!

So fun to have a talkative little helper! Do you have a digital recording camera? It's so fun to watch those old tapes now...hearing the little voices as they were back then! One forgets.

Nines said...

It is hard to let the summer go- I am still holding my breath for my mums to bloom before the first snow-predicted next week! Guess I could always cover them. Containers just don't last as long as the flowers in the ground. I have overwintered geraniums- and I hate to say this, but they turned out beautiful! I think the trick is to be appropriately cruel. You have to pinch, pinch, pinch when they start shooting out in the spring. I admit it takes a tough heart! But you know? They aren't that expensive and look how much pleasure you get out of them, so I am with you. Start with a clean slate. Thanks so much for the wonderful story about your mom and the washer machine. wow, isn't it amazing how we take the luxury of 2 dryers for granted, when she didn't even have the washer!! And I love your food blog. I rarely ever hear from my mom when she doesn't mention what she's cooking!

Susan said...

It was a fun, joint project while it lasted. =) Exercise, sun, fresh air, and time together - sounds perfect.

Simonetta said...

Your child is adorable and him from very to do for helping her mother. It is really a good boy :))))

Dawn said...

Oh he looks like he is having a marvelous time! What a sweetie!