Tag: Gardening

Sunshine Inside: Bringing Geraniums In

Geranium Indoors

On Monday’s Behind the Scenes I shared that I had recently learned that you can bring your garden geraniums in for the winter. So many people responded with delight that I thought I’d do a bit of research and share more about how you can bring your summer beauties in for the winter.

Fall Geranium

This gardening adventure started with reading Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton. In one little sentence, May mentions bringing her geraniums in for the winter. I stopped in my tracks. “You can do that?” Every year I buy friendly, beautiful red geraniums for our little front garden. I’d be delighted to enjoy their beauty again – maybe even all year long!

So, the first thing I did was go grab a big clay pot from the basement and dig one of these beauties up. I shook away most of the soil (and hopefully any potential little friends) and repotted with some fresh potting soil. I didn’t do any research. I just thought I’d give it a go. I left her outside for a couple of days so the change wasn’t too drastic. Then I brought her into the kitchen, which tends to stay cool, and on Monday I brought her into the studio. So far, so good.

Potted Geranium

Now, it turns out there are a few approaches that you can take to keeping your geraniums and I’ve found some videos that help with the basics.

Bringing Geraniums In to Enjoy for the Winter

This demonstrates and affirms my simple approach of moving your plant from the garden to the container. I’ve taken this approach with one of my geraniums so that I can enjoy it all year. I only have one room with enough light to sustain this beauty and so I may try a different approach to the others.

Overwintering & Cutting Back Your Geraniums

Ouch! I had read about how much you have to cut back your geraniums to prep them for overwintering but wow! This video helped me feel confident in how much to cut and how to do it well. I’m a bit hesitant to do this because I want to get as much enjoyment out of the plant as I can. If my continuing research is right, you can leave the cutting back until late winter, when the plants are getting a bit leggy anyway, and then they’ll be ready for the spring. I’m leaning towards that approach. And heck… if you’re going to cut, why not make cuttings?

Taking Geranium Cuttings

As I looked through videos for how to take geranium cuttings, there were rather a lot of different opinions! I shared the one that included the most complete information from someone who is clearly expert at dealing with this particular plant. However, I did find this next one did the best job at demonstrating how to actually cut and prep your geranium cuttings.


I’ve been feeling a little sad about gardening season coming to a close. Bringing these plants into the studio and considering making cuttings for the first time, leaves me excited to be on the next gardening adventure! I hope you’ll join me in exploring ways to keep our garden love alive all year long.

May Sarton & Geraniums

In the Garden with Jamie: Delphiniums Blooming & Dahlias Breaking Ground

This summer, my garden has been a particular joy for me. Perhaps it’s because it connects me so deeply with my mom, who introduced me to plants before I could talk. She would take me on walks in my stroller and as we went through the neighbourhood, she would say, “There’s a forsythia, Jamie. And that’s a daffodil.” I find myself doing that to this day! And now I can do it in these little strolls through our backyard.

I love sharing the garden with you, both in these videos and in the #goodmorninggarden series I’ve been sharing on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.  I hope you’re enjoying going on this garden adventure with me.

Today, I get to share with you the beautiful blooms of the delphinium, the surprising arrival of the dahlias and news of Sedum Sr’s progress!

Welcome to my garden!

(See all my garden tours)

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In the Garden with Jamie: Peonies, Delphiniums & More!

Now that the peonies are in full bloom, I’m excited to share my garden with you once again. I’m so glad I took this video before the big tree fell!

You’ll also see where I found homes for my Yard Sale finds plus amazing signs of life from the hellebore! I’ll even reveal how I stole a plant back! Welcome home, Sedum Sr!

(See my first garden tour here and the next here)

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In the Garden with Jamie

The feedback was so lovely for my behind the scenes visit to my garden that I thought I would also complete the tour, taking you down the shady walkway and also giving you some bloom updates!Wait until you see the tree peony in bloom!

Walking through this part of my garden made me realize just how many plants I couldn’t name! So I’m enlisting your help with plant identification, please. Maybe together we can name them all! Thanks to Susie who quickly told me I had a spiderwort! (and I wasn’t even insulted ;))

I also have a couple of plants in need of some care so if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them! I’m still a novice when it comes to gardening. I’ve spent the last several years building up the bones and filling them in. It’s actually kind of wonderful to feel like I’m at a place where I can spend some attention on learning to be a better caretaker too.

This month the garden has truly been my studio: a place of inspiration, awareness and creativity, of experimentation, learning and growth – plus, of course, beauty and blooms.

Maybe we’ll spend the summer walking in the garden together.

A Visit to My Garden

Every weekday morning I invite you Behind the Scenes at my studio.

Today: I ditched the first version of the behind the scenes today. It was so boring because I’ve been so sick! So instead I decided to get some fresh air and take you on a little tour of my postage stamp garden. I hope you enjoy exploring the garden with me.

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