and a Happy New Year!!!
The year (all four days so far!) is off to a good start here.
The 'Apple Blossom' Pelargoniums I potted up last fall
to save for this summer, are beginning to bloom.
Delicate, feminine, plush blooms with rosebud likenesses.....
*sigh* The recipe for happinesss on a snowy day!!!
These two Pelargoniums were mail ordered (from a company I will not name because I would not recommend or consider reordering from them). They arrived as 1 - 2" pieces of STEM with the barest hint of a green leaf emerging & hardly any roots. I've never in all my years of ordering plants received anything so tiny. It took all summer for them to get to the size you see in the first two photos. I'd almost forgotten why I wanted them so badly but now am I ever happy I took the time to save them.
I don't know about you, but I always get a little confused between Geraniums and Pelargoniums?? Geraniums I've never grown much but on occasion, I purchase a Pelargonium. Now that I've found these double Pelargoniums tho, I've become an instant "fan" and I foresee even more purchases!!!
Speaking of Geraniums, this morning I mixed up a batch of "lemon geranium" sugar scrub.
Yum, the combination of these two essential oils is delicious. So fragrant. I can't wait to use it.
I've been making sugar scrubs for a while now but I'm just now getting into essential oils.
There are so many, I worry I'll never remember all of them or their specific properties but I'm really open to learning about the science & healing abilities they possess.
The next few months, while the garden is dormant, seems like the perfect time to explore and read more. For now, I'm just enjoying dabbling & the aromas of the few I've bought.
Something else sure to brighten a snowy day ~ Rex Begonia 'Northern Lights.'
Aptly named, don't you think?? The foliage is such an arresting combo of colors. Makes me smile whenever I walk past it. Another plant I'm glad I overwintered.
These dreary days, in the darkest quarter of the year, we need all the brightness we can surround ourselves with, right? Here's hoping each of us have a lot of good things (health, happiness, etc.) ahead in 2015...