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Some rain, some history, some cleaning

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  • By Jonn 'J-Dogg' Karsseboom
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We've had some crazy rain. It waters and it cleans. But before the sunny weather returns it might be a good idea to deadhead our pelargoniums. What are Pelargoniums? You might know them better than you think. I'll just fill in a few details of their interesting history.


Plants in this video:

1. Geraniums - Click Here


  1. Jonn Karsseboom Jonn Karsseboom

    Hi Linda! I always, always enjoy reading your comments. I get a good laugh because your voice comes through clearly. (Thank you!)

  2. Jonn Karsseboom Jonn Karsseboom

    Hi Charles! You called them Pelargoniums! (That wasn’t lost on me.) We, together, are going to change the world! As far as your question is concerned it’s Flower Power fertilizer coupled with dead heading and a touch of Budworm Terminate as you’ll see in this week’s video. Garden on!

  3. Linda Linda

    Definitely heard LIVE YOUR PASSION this time! I guess I'm easily distracted (remember my obsessions and movement) and don't always notice it before the video is done. It's fun to have life intersect gardening/TGC. I recently started a series from Sweden about living in the archipelago area and the author constantly mentions pelargoniums. I finally looked it up--as I do a lot of thinks like what the archipelagos look like--and realized they are what I know as geraniums (up to today). I could have known that if your video was done before I started the series (cool books, btw) but it's fun to know what it is about in advance when I hear the word. That scientist sounds amazing. I never remember the names (the something-something plant) but I do enjoy hearing them and learning a few as I go (like pelargoniums). Really interesting that we have a native one (like our native hummingbird Anna's) and the snapping technique. It looks easy when I watch but it rarely seems to work that way for me. I guess like learning the guitar. Takes practice to hold the hands just right and play the strings just so--snapping practice! I've finally learned to say calendula thanks to Kathy. Do they require any cleaning? I noticed mine seem to keep populating but look a little sad. I will have to ask next trip. BTW, Happy Father's Day!! I'm glad those warm and rainy days are gone--I call them muggy and that's too much like humidity in the South (not my favorite). Rain needs cool temps! :) Thanks for another great lesson and enjoying the beauty of TGC while you stroll around with us in tow.

  4. Jonn Karsseboom Jonn Karsseboom

    Hi Carla!
    You’re a snapper eh? I I understand completely. There’s an often unnoticed sense of real personal satisfaction in hearing a good “snap” when deadheading isn’t there?

  5. Carla Albright Carla Albright

    J-Dogg, thanks for bringing a smile to my face today as well as teaching me something! I love your sense of humor...and have new respect for Pelargoniums as well. Oh, and I like to snap my flowers off!

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