Driving to work yesterday I did something extraordinary. You might not think what I did was extraordinary, but it made me stop and think about all the things that are underrated. I was approaching a red light at a four way stop, with no cars around. I was irritated that I would have to stop only to start again. I even looked in my rearview mirror to see if there was a sheriff around. I thought I would just roll through it. Without even a bird in the sky, why not? I decided to take a different approach, I tapped my breaks, I tapped again. I tapped again. As I came up to the intersection the light turned green and I was able to roll through. Perfect timing. I felt victorious in my accomplishment. I usually don’t laugh by myself, but this actually made me laugh. This was one of those small wins in life where you are your own cheerleader.

What else is underrated that we can put in the win column? Laughter is underrated — it’s an emotion that is completely contagious while engaging mind and body. Is shelter underrated? It’s argumentatively the most important variable in our life. We rarely acknowledge it. Without shelter what would life be like? Water is liquid gold for our body. Do you ever stop and think about water as you are slamming it down? Grabbing a plate at the buffet line is so satisfying when you realize that you can put unlimited amounts of food on it. This too is underrated. Have you ever been to High-Hand Cafe and lamented over what to order? The feeling of satisfaction after realizing that you have made the perfect choice is very underrated. A deep breath, taking off wet socks and putting on dry ones, and high-fiveing a stranger when you are both in agreement are all underrated.

Is this a class on things that are underrated, no not really. What does this have to do with plants Scott? A lot, I was walking through the nursery the other day when I stopped and looked at a plant and thought “man you are so underrated.”

The plant that we are going to learn about is the common Geranium. I don’t know why it’s not used more often. I think we associate it with grandma’s yard. I associate it with being one of the most idiot proof plants on the face of the earth. If I told you there was a plant that you could forget about, forget to water it, chop it back and it comes back, and is a bloom factory, would that sway your stigma of this being an outdated plant?

Maybe I can entice you into using this plant if you just knew a bit of the facts about it. First of all, the name Geranium is quite a generic name that refers to over 200 species of plants under the family tree of Geraniaceae but don’t worry about that name; here we are talking about Geranium Pelargonium. This is the only species of Geranium that can be consumed. Native to the southern region of Africa, it’s been exported around the world as a wonderful garden addition and a medicinal herb. (Warning do not try this at home.) It is said that the leaves can be brewed into a tea that can have a slight rose hint and is known to create a calming effect. I have not used it myself, but I heard that it lowers stress. A quick cup of tea can relieve an unpleasant mood and a cluttered mind. I hear it relieves pain. Geranium oil is said to relieve pain in minutes. It has antibacterial properties, boosts immunity, aids in digestion, and yes (now I’m talking to the men … here pass this along) treats menopause. There are a list of other benefits, but I’m not going to mention them. Google it — “health benefits of a geranium.” Trust me they are an amazing plant and they have a half life of about 500 years in your garden. Just kidding. They are incredibly long survivors.

How do you care for it?

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Water as you will, it is very forgiving.
  • Deadhead if you want. It is a flower factory.
  • And forget about it as I did mine at home.

This is a trailing Geranium I planted about 6-7 years ago. Believe it or not I just rediscovered it after all of this time. It has sat there, froze and come back, it’s been neglected, and I have put zero energy into it. I don’t remember watering it or applying fertilizer. Such a neglectful gardener I am. I rest my case.

We have several colors of geraniums at High-Hand Nursery, come get yours and live long and prosper. You want this plant!

High-Hand Cafe Insider

Only tell your closest friends — High-Hand Cafe will be open for dine-in service May 22nd. It’s a Friday by the way!

We are going to spend the next week educating staff on safety, both yours and ours. Please be patient with us as we open our doors. We are trying to navigate 16 pages of health code requirements. There will obviously be some changes, but we hope to keep your dining experience at High-Hand memorable! As always reservations can be made online by clicking here.

News flash: As we transition back to a “new normal” this will be the last week for our produce boxes. We hope that you have enjoyed them as much as we have enjoyed providing them for you.

Like our curbside? It’s still available!

Here’s how the High-Hand Curbside Marketplace works:

  1. Click here to order online or visit our website and click on the banner seen above.
  2. Select a time for pick up. We are open for curbside pickup Thursday & Friday 11:00–3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00–3:00pm.
  3. Now here’s the tricky part, toggle our menu options at the top. The menu options are listed as Restaurant, Grocery, Coffee Bar, Beverages, Nursery, and don’t forget the Olive Oil Company.
  4. Make your selections then head to check out and pay online. We will have your order ready at your scheduled time in the Cafe parking lot.

Mission Complete

  • Six Sutter hospitals
  • Five Mercy/Dignity Health hospitals
  • Four convalescent homes
  • Four medical facilities in the San Joaquin Valley & Vallejo
  • Three Kaiser hospitals
  • UC Davis Hospital Sacramento
  • Six Cal Star Air Medical bases

Thank you to all who emailed in to get involved; it filled our hearts with warmth. Thank you to all the volunteers who prepared Hydrangeas. Thank you to Teichert Corporation, Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber, Livingston’s Concrete, Charge EPC, Ken Dyer Construction, Placer County Treasurer, OK Tires North Highlands, and Bayside Church. Nice job everyone!

Let’s be a kinder humanity; you don’t know what is going on in someone’s life. A random act of kindness could change a persons entire perspective. Be good to people. ENERGY IS CONTAGIOUS.

See you at High-Hand Nursery & Cafe,


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