When I Die, Please Water my Geraniums.


Geraniums are easy to grow and are sure-fire winners for passionate perfusions of variegated, brilliant, pastels, riotous, and wonderful, colors, plus a variation on leaves. Some geranium leaves are even more lovely and luxurious than their blooms. Hard to believe, but true.

Be prepared for a bursting into bloom when you turn your back for only a moment and think of something else. They will not let you down. They have a built in signal to pep you up and say there is much more to come.

I recently found out that if you cut your geranium plant back within a few inches of the ground after blooming, new leaves will emerge shortly and you will have new growth very soon and new blooms for color in your environment.

In l969, I was looking into the fauna and flora for the landscaping of our new home. I asked a fellow in one of the garden shops where I would find geraniums. He raised his brows and answered with, ” Oh we don’t sell them because they are considered a common flower and usually found in gardens of poorer people.” Quote complete. Okay, so for years, not a single Geranium flower grew in our yard. OH ho, he haw, come on by now, they are here in our yard now and even some in the front yard so the burglars will think we are common and poor. I guess Geraniums in the front yard are as good as your ADT signs, and cheaper, too. I see most of our neighbors have fancy flora and not a single Geranium. They should know that Town & Country Gardens says, “Geraniums have been one of the most popular flowers in American gardens for over 200 years.”


An interesting thing about Geraniums is that not only are they profuse, you can snip a stem off of any plant, stick it in the ground. Water and before you know it, you will have a plant, blooming and shouting out, I am here where you planted me; I was free and, I will serve you well for many years to come. For centuries, geraniums had to be grown precisely from cuttings, but recently they have been able to propagate a geranium from a seed. But cutting propagation of geraniums is as popular as ever. Have you ever borrowed a geranium stem and been delighted with the results?

Today I am asking you to water my geranium plants if I should pass because true to myself, I over did it with eight new IVY geraniums, or what I call TRAILING geraniums. They trail down paths, giant hills, in hanging pots, and steep mountainsides if planted high up. I plan to have the eight trailing plants planted this week and sit back to watch the magic of trailing. But, if I trail out of this world before the trailing is done, please water these once common flowers who in their brilliance have become the Kings and Queens of continuous color. Water them with strength, courage, and appreciation.


Come burglars, robbers one and all, even though there is an ADT sign casting ideas of grandeur, there is only us common flowers waiting for your approval, your diligence, your love and gratefulness, nothing else is as worthwhile.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dina
    May 03, 2014 @ 20:25:07

    They sure look gorgeous!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      May 05, 2014 @ 17:08:02

      And so do you! Saw you in that hat with a few geraniums hanging about…


    • Sheila Clapkin
      May 06, 2014 @ 09:44:57

      Look what someone wore: I believe we can change luck! It is our brains that fear it. He said:
      The flower associated with death in France. They are grown for putting in pots on family graves at All Saints (30th. November). French cemeteries are flooded with them at that time. An English lady known to me put geraniums in a pot on her inside window sill. Her French neighbours told her that this was bad luck. Dont believe anything a Frenchman tells you.


  2. Reene
    May 04, 2014 @ 18:18:33

    Anything you write about makes the English language sound fabulous–R


  3. Gary Friedman
    May 04, 2014 @ 18:57:31

    Beautiful post. I’m pretty sure that most burglars are pretty ignorant of botany. GF


  4. Sheila Clapkin
    May 05, 2014 @ 17:06:03

    YOU are so right. Burglars don’t know anything about botany deterrents. We did hear that there were some uninvited guests in one of the houses down the hill. They climbed in from the big back hill! Should have, could have planted geraniums.


  5. peestol
    May 06, 2014 @ 15:32:07

    Our ancestors brought these resilient plants to Australia to give colour and the reminders of the homeland. due to their drought tolerance, these marvellous plants took hold and are a staple in the old gardens spotted around. However, the plant fell into a decline and over the past ten or twenty years, they have made a resurgence due to the different foliage varietals. Now the nurserymen have done a lot of work and found lemon scented and peppermint scented foliage, as well as a good one that repels mosquitos, all with their proliferous colour. Then the clever nurserymen gave them a new name, their botanical name of Pelargonium. So we have a new breed of younger gardeners using the Pelargoniums more and more! enjoy your trailing geraniums, they won’t let you down.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      May 08, 2014 @ 17:55:21

      I think what drew me back into enjoying geraniums is the “resurgence due to the different foliage varietals.” I have the lemon scented and Mint as well. They tend not to hold up under some fierce heat, but I work at keeping them all well. I had no idea of the new botanical name PELARGONIUM. You have added new knowledge of my garden and I appreciate your comments SO much! Thank you again for adding a new dimension.


  6. Marci
    May 06, 2014 @ 16:42:19

    As I read this with great pleasure and think your flowers are spectacular, I will be so sad at the thought you can’t be there to water them with me…I love your stories and the way you make them so real and with much meaning…If you bring me some geranium steams Sunday, I can grow more and think of you..
    I love you, Marci


    • Sheila Clapkin
      May 08, 2014 @ 17:42:44

      Thank you dear, Marci for reading and commenting. It is sad that I will not be there to water with you, but let us water together until I am not.
      I love you!
      Mama Sheila


  7. Carly Marshall
    May 06, 2014 @ 19:06:56

    Hi Grandma,
    Great blog I absolutely love those beautiful flowers!! Maybe I can take a piece home and grow one. I think it’s cool how plants can do that.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      May 08, 2014 @ 17:44:55

      I expect you over very soon to pick lovely geranium stems for planting in your garden at home. Oh they will love growing and blooming for you!
      I love YOU!
      Grandma Sheila


  8. April
    May 06, 2014 @ 21:09:51

    This is an amazing blog post, it made me think of what it would be like to be a flower. How will I grow? Where will I go? I hope one day to have a huge garden full of these flowers.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      May 08, 2014 @ 17:47:16

      Dear April,
      I know your dream of having a huge garden full of flowers will come true many times during your lifetime. You will not know how it feels to be a flower, but you will certainly know what it feels like to have a flower, lots of them!
      Grandma Sheila
      I love YOU!


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