This blue beauty has so many names! Crowfoot Cranesbill, Bassinets, Loving Andrews, Grace of God, Mourning Widow and more. The seed fruit that forms after the flowers fade is shaped like a beak, leading to the common name Cranesbill.
|Geranium pratens seedlings|
In addition to being a pretty, 1.5 foot tall garden plant, the flowers are used as blue dye.
In our garden I hope they live up to their promise of providing nectar for bees.
First Nature in Wales has lovely photos of Meadow Cranesbill in the wild. Most online sources offer seed or bare-root one-year seedlings but one site says they have bulbs for sale. Hmmm. I think not.
don't always come up looking like the ones in the photo on the right but, rather, show up some blue, some white and none splishy or splashy.
Heronswood says they are perennial in zones 4-8. Take a look at the photos
on this blog, A Garden in Bethlehem PA - another recommendation for its lacy beauty in part shade.
True Geraniums are carefree perennials for use in borders and as a deciduous groundcover. They range in size from 4-inches to 2-feet tall. Can be sown in the fall or spring.
Easy care - Cut back after bloom for a smaller second bloom. Mulch in cold zones. Divide in the spring in zones 4 to 6 and in the fall farther south.
PS March 29 2012 - I'm planting them into the garden now. Can't wait to see them in bloom.
PS April 15 - Every single little plant is surviving so far.