#wordlesswednesday- wild geraniums on the march.

Wild geraniums billow in the long grass on the lane outside my house. Back lit, they look like mini- stained glass windows. This pretty white seedling turned up on its own- probably a hybrid with one of my garden plants. I am thanking the bees for this little beauty. 


The common name, cranesbill, comes from the shape of the seedhead which resembles the long tapering beak of a bird. Meadow cranesbill, or Geranium pratense, comes in a range of colours from white to deep blue. I love the violet-blue veins and the dark plum anthers. The flowers glisten in the sun as if they’ve been coated in sugar.


A favourite of mine is this pale violet flower with delicate silver veins. I ought to be getting on with my work, but I spend more time than I should just gazing at these beauties, comparing their hues and pondering on the wonders of nature.


And luckily for me, these gorgeous plants have drifted in through the front gate and settled in the garden- all along the path to my front door. It’s a wonderful welcome home- and I haven’t done a thing to create it. It’s happened all on its own. Isn’t nature grand. 

I’ve found a beautiful violet form called Beth Chatto  on the RHS website. Click on the highlighted word to find out more. Geraniums can be grown from seed. Flowers appear from June to September and plants grow to about 70cm in sun or slight shade. Perfect for grass meadows- or you can plant in drifts in amongst shrubs and perennials. Highlighted in the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list. Bees and butterflies will certainly thank you for planting geraniums.

24 thoughts on “#wordlesswednesday- wild geraniums on the march.

    • Thank you Susan. They are just glorious at the moment- even in the rain. They have such stature in the borders. And they haven’t been bashed down by the torrential downpours we’ve had today. Thanks for reading and for getting in touch x

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  1. My mother-in-law really disliked what she called the ‘purple flowered bushes’ opposite one another at the top of her path. I thought the flowers were quite striking, however, I think if Ma-in-law had experienced the pleasures of the the pretty pinks or your white, she would have been very happy.

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    • I think most people wouldn’t really like my garden. It is so wild and overrun with brambles and stinging nettles. But I love it. It’s bordering on the out-of-control. But it’s full of bees and butterflies all the time. We’ve got a wild bees next under the house eaves next to our bedroom window. We are really enjoying watching them coming and going. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. All the best. Karen x

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    • I thought we shared a love of the same things. Now I know that’s the case.They are so pretty at the moment. All ever so slightly different from each other. A beautiful tapestry in blue. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated. x

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    • Ah yes, me too. They are all in my greenhouse. Just been in there to close the windows. Only 10 degrees tonight. Brr. Can’t resist running my fingers over the geraniums in there. I’ve got one that smells of apples in the evening and when it’s been watered. Thanks for reading x

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    • Thanks Kate. I haven’t seen GW yet. Mum records them for our Sunday viewing. We sit and watch together with tea and cake. Nice to have someone to oh- and ah with while watching gardening tv. Thanks for reading and for kind comments x

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