09 JulVacation Plant Survival

Container plants were grouped to catch spray from sprinkers
Container plants were grouped to catch spray from sprinkers

We are back home from our travels. After checking on the guinea pigs and killing a massive spider in the sink, I headed outside to see about the garden – especially the geraniums. I was amazed at how well the container plants had come through the experience. Here’s what we did:

The week before we left, my husband checked the sprinker system to make sure we had good spray coverage. We grouped the container plants on a small side patio, tallest in the center. As you can see, we came home to a jungle.

Welcome to the jungle
Welcome to the jungle

I also took a selection of smaller potted plants over to my Mom’s house for her to watch. This was to avoid having a “single point of failure”. The geraniums that she kept are okay, too, of course. I was tickled to find that Pelargonium ‘Old Scarlet Unique’ and P. ionidiflorum were both still blooming even though temperatures hit 110 while we were gone! These geraniums are going to stay with her for a couple more days while I get caught up with myself.

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