Some call the red geranium the traditional flower of Switzerland, and the Annual Geranium Market in Bern may be an indication they are correct. Even if they are not indigenous to Switzerland. (They came from Africa originally.)
Our patio has a row of flower box holders. At first I was hesitant to fill them because I don't have a history of keeping plants alive.
But the flower box railing looks very empty without anything in it.
And I was assured that geraniums are very hardy and actually difficult to kill. You just have to keep them watered.
Then I heard that geraniums work as an insect repellent and I decided to give it a go. After all, most European windows do not have screens and ours are no exception. And there are most certainly a number of creepy-crawlies in Switzerland. (On the plus side our cats are finally making an effort to contribute to the household. Both of them have become very enthusiastic and efficient bug catchers. Although I have to admit that the relish with which they eat the bugs is a little disturbing.)
So here they are, my first attempt at growing geraniums...
I've had them for a week. Fingers crossed that I can actually keep them alive!