You know you’re a Gardening Nerd when:
It’s a victory when your “annual” Cineraria blooms for a second year.
The tag said annual when I bought the flowering plant in March 2012. Research showed the Cineraria can be a perennial, but is finicky. It likes a wet 40 to 60 degrees, and not much else.
Last summer, I moved it to the depths of the porch to keep it cool. In the winter, I covered it with a blanket when serious frost threatened, which was about a dozen nights.
My gardening nerd efforts paid off with a second spring of glorious Cineraria flowers. According to Dave’s Garden, the plant’s longer name is Florist’s Cineraria Pericallis ‘Senetti Violet Bicolor’. Now that’s a nerdy name.