6.12.2013

Peony Week in the Garden

Peony week in the garden.



Peonies make me very happy.








What good is a garden if we don't bring a little bit of it inside?





Each stem produces several blossoms. They usually bloom in succession, rarely all at once. I cut the first blossoms above the other buds. This gives a pretty short stem; too short for a vase.


in the gathering basket

But they look perfectly lovely floating in a big bowl.






Peonies have been with us for thousands of years. Ancient China positively revered peonies, especially the fluffy ones, and its influence on art and culture is legendary. But we'll save that for another post. 

Anyone else have a thing for peonies?

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan
  







8 comments:

  1. I love, love, love peonies. You have the varieties that make me think of home and my mother! And, your mother:) The photos you have taken of them both inside and outside are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. I LOVE peonies, but I'm terrified to try to grow them myself! I'm just getting into gardening, but I have an intense desire to grown gorgeous ornamentals like these!! Great photos!

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    1. Hi Melanie. thanks for stopping by! Your local nursery can advise you on varieties that are best for your climate. Peonies are like movie stars: they love the spot light (plenty of sun) but they don't like to share it (they don't bloom well if they have to compete for root space)! Good luck!

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  3. Beautiful beautiful. You are a great photographer (and gardener and designer).

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  4. Oh man, I love peonies. These are gorgeous!!

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  5. Thank you! They're almost like pets...I know, sounds crazy, but it's true!

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