Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them. ~Victoria Glendinning
Geraniums, natives of South Africa, have been popular in the United States since the days of Martha Washington. The first, First Lady, even has a geranium named for her. These aromatic plants grow in full sun and do well in beds, baskets and containers. Available in a variety of colors, cultivars produce blossoms throughout the summer months. However, some fail to blossom in the extreme heat of a Gulf Coast summer. So if one finds a Southern belle wilting in the shade of a live oak, just call her Geranium and bring her a glass of sweet tea. She will not be inhibited nor embarrassed.