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Cut the Stems, Then Plant Them

My ABC Wednesday theme: The Mama and Her Authentic Green Thumbs
. . .and Fingers
Clip. Clip. Clip. 

That's what the Mama has been doing among her geraniums lately. Pruning off old and decaying branches so that new growth will take place by spring. Just doing her magic among the geraniums, both in the front and back yards. 


Always the recycler, the Mama doesn't throw out all of the pruned branches. No, sir-eeee, Bob. She snips off the geranium stems to plant in bare spots in the yard, front and back. They take root, then several weeks later. . .Voila! Flowers!

Which stems have a chance of rooting, you may ask? Because, I surely do. Shrugging is her answer. So, I watch her choose the stems to plant. Her selection is based partly from her many years of gardening and horticulture experience. Part is from a feeling, an instinct. And, part is from the geraniums telling her.  At least, that's what I like to think.

The Mama is humble. She is surprised as everyone else when plants under her guidance burst forth with abundant flowers and fruits. Just because she plants something, she realizes they may not grow.  She does her best to help them along, as well as hopes and prays.


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Comments

  1. Your garden must look beautiful with all of your mama's tending. She has a green thumb!

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    1. It's a brilliant jungle out there in the summer when all the vegetables, trees, and flowers are partying together. :-)

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  2. Whoa, I need to try this but I'm not sure mine will prosper as much as hers.
    Ann

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  3. Susie,

    Geraniums remind me of my childhood. We always had plenty in our garden. I'm guessing they're relatively hardy. Reading your story, it seems they are easy to propagate... but then again, I don't suppose we all have the Mama's magic fingers. I hope you'll post another photo when the geraniums have 'burst forth'. I can imagine how beautiful the flower bed will be.

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    1. I will, Sue, post photos when they're blooming. Geraniums are pretty hardy. The ones she planted earlier this month haven't zipped up, but I can tell they're still working at getting there. They aren't letting the low temps of 40s get them down.

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  4. Gotta love geraniums and Mamma for their 'can do' spirit in life :)
    Thanks for visiting & enjoying Australia day.
    Wren x

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    1. Hi, Wren, I'm glad you were able to stop by. :-)

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  5. I love gardens, but not garden work ! I have no green thumbs at all !

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    1. Nice work in the garden, beautiful photos!

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    2. Gattina, I think everyone has green thumbs. Some just need a lot of coaxing. Mine are latent themselves. :-)

      Thanks, Leovi!

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  6. Your mum is still a great lady doing all that back breaking work!
    Thanks for your visit. The photos of the crocuses were taken in February 2007, Now we have a bit of snow.
    Have a great weekend.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    1. There's no way to keep the Mama down. All I can do is help her or beat her to doing certain tasks that I rather she didn't. I don't mind.

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  7. What a doughty lady your Mama is, all that hard work, your garden must beautiful I hope she's staying of the ladder, you should hide it.
    Best wishes,
    Di.x
    ABCW team

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    1. Hey Di, so far so good with the ladders this week. :-)

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  8. She is so active..I am loving your mama! She creates and knows how to make things grow just like my Oma knew. Me? I am the kiss of death with plants

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    1. I'm sure you have the green thumb in you, Birgit. It's just not your thing right now.

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  9. How nice to see the fruits of one's labors♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/crystal-crunch/

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  10. Not only are we staffpersons of cats, we also provide similar services to gardens. :)

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  11. I imagine the garden is beautiful.

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  12. I always appreciate the gardener - NOT my strong suit!

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. We'd be floundering without the gardeners, that's for sure.

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  13. I love that your mama is out doing the gardening, and her take on it. I love a garden but I'm not a garden, go figure.

    Diana
    http://adifferentlenslens365.blogspot.co.nz/2015/01/cromwell.html

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    1. I don't think you need to be a gardener to love a garden. That's my take on life. :-)

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  14. Oops, that should read, I'm not a gardener, lol.

    Diana

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