Tuesday, January 4, 2011

From Trash to Treasure

Last fall, Hannah and I would go out for walks around the neighborhood. Sometimes we would walk on garbage day.  One particular day, we found some potted flowers on the curb beside a garbage can.  They were geraniums.  The two of us decided to bring them home. There were still blooms on them and I set them up in the yard. Over the next couple of weeks, we gathered ourselves quite the collection of flower pots, complete with flowers.  Now here is something that you may not know, geraniums are perennials.  That's right, they don't die at the end of their flowering season, they actually can live to the next season in the right climates.  Where we live, it's a little too cold to keep them outside all year.  Some people bring them in and let them rest for the entire winter either potted or with bare roots and store them in the basement.  I, however, did something else.  I decided to bring them in and keep them watered and pruned to see what would happen.  And here is what I was able to capture this morning...


Both of these are from the garbage!  I must say it's quite wonderful having blooms in the midst of winter.  And I would also say, that I am not a gardener.  I just take off the dead leaves, remove the spent blooms and water them.  Small price to pay for such beauty.  I can't wait to see what they do this spring when the weather warms up and they can move back outside.

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