Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Scented Geraniums

I am so stoked! Finally found some scented pelargoniums (aka geraniums) so that I am able to share this passion of mine with you all.

I am a huge fan of pelargoniums (annual geraniums) of all kinds ...  scented, ivy, zonal, seed ... I love them all..

The scented ones I have this year are ... Pink Champagne (my fave!), Shrubland Rose, Peppermint, Chocolate Mint, Ginger, Nutmeg, Frensham Lemon, Lavender, Prince of Orange, and Coconut! Yummers!

I also have 'The Waspinator' and 'Citronella".

Reasons to grow scented pelargoniums....

Some are bug repellents....

Varieties that repel fleas ... Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon Frensham, and Citronella.

Varieties that repel mosquito's ... Citronella, Frensham Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint as well as regular geraniums.

Varieties that repel wasps ... Waspinator

As they are highly scented, they are not liked by deer or rodents either.
For areas with a heavy deer population that trial everything, the strongest scented ones would be your best bet.
Peppermint has fuzzy leaves and is highly scented ( two things they really dislike!)
Shrubland Rose has a really great, strong scent, as does Coconut.

However, not just for repelling bugs or deer, they are great dried and used as potpourri, or steeped in the warm bath water for a delightful scented bath, or in the finger bowl on rib night.

Some folks use them in jams and jellies! I can see how that would add some real great scent and flavour. Should stock up on all the 'flavours' ; )

I like them mostly to just bundle into little tussy mussies. The wee mini bouquets add a lovely fragrance and deter bugs at the outdoor dining table, or in any room as a natural air freshener.
Are also great to place in and amongst your linens in the linen closet to keep things fresh scented and repel moths.  

A lovely wee 'tussy mussy'

Best of all though, they look and smell great in the garden, on the deck, or beside your Adirondack chair while you sip wine or coffee.

Prince of Orange  in bloom ... from

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