We are up & out early this morning for our flight to New York. I thought I would share with you the scented geraniums I cut from our pots out on the island the other day and brought back with us to town. You might remember the little pots I wrote about in May. They have grown so beautifully and many of the stems are several feet high. They just make me so happy–the luscious variety of greens. They work so well massed together bringing even more green to a spot in our kitchen.
This time of year, you can pick up small pots of scented geranium for a song. They are such flexible, hearty little plants. The variety of leaf patterns as well as the intoxicating scent of the leaves makes them a joy to have around your home.
We had close friends for our pizza and martini evening last night, and I really wanted to set a festive, yet easy, table. The scented geraniums would do the trick. I filled a bunch of vintage green pottery we collect with the pots of geranium and then topped them off with reindeer moss we sell at Watson Kennedy.
I love using this stuff. It is actually preserved Norwegian lichen, but the term in the retail trade is reindeer moss. It works great for adding to the tops of pots of orchids and other potted plants. Instead of looking at dirt, you get to look at this pretty stuff. A winner in my book.
We had friends over last night, and even though the forecast was for possible rain, up came the umbrellas and out went the dining table. There is just something about dining outside that makes for a memorable evening.
It would be a simple table of white dinnerware and a big pot of shells as the centerpiece as an ode to the beach. A few snips off the scented geraniums would be the flower of choice, set in simple clear drinking glasses. A smattering of clear votive holders and clear hurricanes at both ends of the table, and we were set for a candlelit meal.
TPS surprised me the other day and brought back a flat of my very favorite varieties of scented geraniums. He was out running errands and picking up groceries, so he made a quick stop at the uber fab, dig floral & garden. Dig is owned by our friends Sylvia and Ross. It is a magical nursery, filled with all the best plants and related things. They do an amazing job with the display and lay-out of everything–not a compliment I give often. It makes for a lovely afternoon trip in from the city. For more, check out www.dignursery.com
Scented geraniums were first introduced to me by my friend Catherine many years back. Thank you Catherine! We now always have a few pots of them going throughout the year, as I love using the clipping in single stem vases. This batch was quickly potted by Mister Sive, and we placed them in simple terra cotta pots around the platform of the outdoor shower. A Spring ritual that we will enjoy through late Autumn.
Herbs are fab in single stem vases, as well as stems from scented geraniums. In late Spring, I like to buy multiple pots of geraniums and set them around the shops. They are a lovely addition to the displays. There is just something about having live things set amongst the goods that I think adds a good energy & feel to the space. Plus, they are just nice to look at, and since they are scented, nice to smell too. If cared for properly, they will also grow like crazy, so you can cut them back and use the clippings in single stem containers.
When I was away on this last trip, the geraniums grew like weeds because it was so sunny. They love indirect light, so we have them about the shops in places that they will thrive. When I got home, I cut them all way back, and took the cuttings home.
On our last few trips to London, I have found vintage bottles that actually have the word ‘London’ embossed into the glass. This grouping behind the sofa made a fun trio with the stems in them. I love how they intertwine.
The thing I most like about using these cuttings, is they can last quite awhile, and they add just the right amount of perky green to your home.
Scented geraniums are starting to show up at garden nurseries in large numbers at the moment. I plant them in containers in town, at the beach, and at the shops the first chance I can. The leaves are amazing to cut throughout the Summer and use in single stem vases. There are so many varieties, and so many different scents. My favorite at the moment is the rose scented variety. If cared for, and with regular water changes, the cut stems will begin to root. I have had several branches last for several years now.