My Geranium would like to see you... by Maree  Clarkson

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Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm 8″ × 12″

“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my Geranium to see you.”

A few months ago, a friend gave me a Geranium cutting, just a little piece of stalk with one leaf, which I planted in an egg shell filled with potting soil and kept on the kitchen counter (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa). As soon as there were enough roots, I planted her into this Terracotta pot, egg shell and all. Within 2 weeks I had about 8 leaves and another stalk appearing next to the original cutting. She now lives on the patio near my Natal Fig bonsai, and I’m sure I’ve heard them whispering to one another a couple of times! And now every spring she blesses me with a great show of her gorgeous flowers.

It is well known that the whole Geranium genus is highly redolent of volatile oils – lemon-scented, musk-scented, and peppermint-scented. In South Africa folk-lore has it that, if you plant Geraniums in your garden, you will never have any snakes!

See how to use egg shells for planting seedlings at The Business of Bliss

8th February 2013 – SOLD 1 Framed print – thank you to the buyer!

  1. 22nd November 2010 – FEATURED in Painter’s Universe
  2. 24th November 2011 – FEATURED in The Art of Still Life
  3. 3rd December 2012 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  4. 3rd February 2013 – FEATURED in Women Painters
  5. February 2013 – FEATURED in EXPLORE
  6. 24th August 2013 – FEATURED in Everyday Women

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 4 years ago

    Fantastic perspective Maree!

  • Very pleased you like it Lee! Smiling with pleasure! :-)

    – Maree Clarkson

  • micklyn
    micklynover 4 years ago

    lovely fresh work!

  • Thanks for saying so Micklyn, pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pieta Pieterse
    Pieta Pieterseover 4 years ago

    Maree I love this!

  • Sjoe, bly jy hou daarvan Pieta, baie dankie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 4 years ago

    Wonderful! Geraniums are probably the #1 patio plant here in America. They’re beautiful & easy to grow….can’t wait to plant some in the Spring.

  • I brought this one in during the winter, too scared to plant her in the garden because of the frost! glad you like it Marsha!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful, love geraniums! And to think it was only a small piece of stalk! Well done! (on the painting too, good shadows!)

  • don’t you just LOVE to rub the leaves between your fingers…? Pleased you like it Liz, and thank you for the fav as well!

    – Maree Clarkson

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    Beautiful,and love your title :))

  • Pleased you like it Nature! And thanks for the fav also!

    – Maree Clarkson

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    Love that egg shell idea!!

  • I know, it’s great! Have a look at the idea HERE

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    Hi Maree … what a beautiful, beautiful painting!!!!!! Gorgeous light … bright happy color … I love geraniums!!!!!! Beautiful job here!!! I know my mom used to do cuttings … but didn’t know about the egg shell … I’ll have to try that!! It always breaks my heart when a beautiful stalk gets knocked off accidentally!!!!!

  • Oh Lois, thank you very much, so pleased you like it! And isn’t it lucky the stalks come off so easily? Lot’s of ‘instant’ flowers! lol

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago

    I would LOVE to come into your garden and see all your beautiful flowers! This is a wonderful painting, my friend! love it!! your artwork always blows me away!!

  • No ‘flowers’ after the rather harsh winter we’ve had Barb, only lots of greenery! So pleased you like it and thank you for your lovely comment!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecallerover 4 years ago

    A fine piece to add to your collection.

  • Thanks a lot for that Spade, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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