When I moved to South Georgia, I learned about Wild Geranium, which is a real geranium species, but treated as a weed here. It has the little cranesbill seed pods and comes up everywhere in spring. If it is in a rich flower bed, it makes big leaves and little pink blossoms that look somewhat like the pictures of desirable geraniums that I've only seen in photos because they don't thrive here. Wild geranium dies when the sun gets hot and the weather sultry. Cranesbills will suffer the same fate here.
Wild Geranium on a compost heap, not yet in bloom here.
It isn't enough that we have common names and latin names for plants; sometimes you have to sort through some local names, too.
The other geranium that I learned about is the Porch Geranium, which some people plant around their porch for summer bloom. They have lovely blue, sometimes pink blooms composed of multiple small florets in a huge ball. By now you may have guessed that Porch Geranium is a folk name for Hydrangea macrophylla.
Hydrangea serrata 'Woodlanders' and Hydrange macrophylla in bloom
with a pot of pink hydrangea -- the same blue, rooted in potting soil.
Hydrangeas are putting on new growth here.
Show is New growth on H. macrophylla
'Mariesii Variegata' lacecap.
Hydrangeas will follow the big show of azaleas, starting in May.