Day 119: Geranium phaeum

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Geranium phaeum is a delightful plant with a host of rather sombre common names – dusky cranesbill, mourning widow, or black widow. To me, she looks like she’s decided to dance the blues away, kicking up her heels as her skirts fly all about. Doubtless its the recurved petals that create this effect, one reason I’m sure that bees are so keen to visit this flower, which must be the pollinator’s equivalent of a drive-in restaurant, where you barely need to stop the engine to get your dinner.

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