Long ago, before I even started to travel abroad, I heard about geraniums in Germany. They have geraniums (Ok, garden purists, pelargoniums!) in pots, in window boxes, on the sidewalks in front of the buildings... everywhere.
I had a chance to admire them myself during my recent trip to Germany.
I don't know the statistics (and who does?), but during my trip, I saw mostly zonal geraniums. Not like in Italy, where most of the geraniums I saw were ivy geraniums.
Yesterday, I went plant shopping and bought a dozen zonal geraniums for my terracota pots. I will look for more, trying to get different colors. I need some ivy geraniums too, and of course, some Martha Washington (Regal) geraniums! I usually manage to save several of my own plants from the previous year. Some of them I keep in the garage in their original pots, just reduce watering to a minimum. Others, I keep bear rooted in a basket. Since we don't have a basement, like in our previous house, I don't have space to hang them upside down.
My success rate in using previous year's geraniums differs from year to year. This winter, I took one plant to overwinter inside the house, and it served as a house plant (this is what they do in Russia - have geraniums as houseplants!). It looks great and I just set it outside:
Returning to Germany, I thoroughly enjoyed all the plants which they had in baskets, pots, troughs, etc.,
but geraniums prevailed, especially in the window boxes.
I certainly will remember Germany as a country where they love geraniums, not only dandelions! (My previous post Where Do They Love Dandelions).
I took many pictures of the flower arrangements during my trip and will show them in my other post. Some of them are just adorable!