Only the Good Die Young…

The charm of annuals is their light gaiety, as though they must make the most of their brief lives to be frivolous and pleasure-giving.  They have no time to be austere or glum.  They must be youthful because they have no time to be old.  And so their colours are bright, and their foliage airy, and their only morality is to be as cheerful as possible, and to leave as much seed as they can behind them for their progeny to continue in  the same tradition.  This, of course is the one thing you must not let them do: all seeding heads must ruthlessly be snipped off if you want to prolong the exuberance of flowers.

-Vita Sackville-West
April 16, 1950

I love seeing the annuals arrive at our local greenhouse (Bordine’s Nursery).  Proof that we survived another winter and the warm comfort of summer will arrive soon. Every year I plant annuals in my pots and along my front yard.  So around Mother’s day I venture to the nursery and plan out my color combinations for the summer.



I use to hate the look of geraniums.  But lately, I’ve grown to appreciate the nostalgic vibe they possess.  I think I began to like them when I saw an old picture of my Great Grandma’s house in the 1950’s or perhaps 1960’s.  She had a brilliant red geranium planted in an old basket on her yard.  Also, the giving of geraniums on Mother’s Day is a tradition in my family, so you almost have to like them (or at least pretend to).

The red ones are my favorite. There’s something very old fashioned about that red and green Christmassy combination.  I have planted them in my front pots and they have done well.  However, they like sun and won’t flower unless they get a touch of it.  In my opinion, they look best in pots low to the ground so you can watch them lift their colorful heads to you.  Also, the spent stalks must be disposed of to keep them looking their best.



In the past I’ve been frustrated with my pots on the porch.  In the past I’ve done begonias. They look great if one is sitting on the porch staring down at them, but from the road you can barely see the flowers.  Last year I actually tilted the plants in the dirt so they could be seen better.  However, this year I might try some spiky plants, like Salvia, and perhaps ivy – something that drapes over.  I would like a colorful show for the neighbors and frequent passersby.  Any suggestions would be helpful!

Thanks for stopping!



7 thoughts on “Only the Good Die Young…

    1. I’ll have to look those up. Do they grow in India? Our climate is very different, for example it snowed yesterday. By the way, I went to go follow your site but it’s telling me it’s been removed by the author.


      1. Gerberas grow in north india in the winter and in UK in late summer (june’ish). I’m surprised about that notice you’re getting (and worried that others might be getting too) – is the site at the moment. I’ll go check what’s wrong too – thanks for alerting me !! 🙂


      2. Not sure they would grow well outdoors in Michigan. I’m in Vancouver BC and I havent seen them growing in gardens here.


      3. I follow a greenhouse in Vancouver on Facebook, it’s called Brads Greenhouse. He does a lot of videos and he’ll answer any question straight away! He’s great! I’ve planted Daisys just fine they come up in larger clumps that have to be divided but gerber daisies would be ok in the summer only. I’m not sure I like them though for what I have in mind.


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