"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."
Is there anything that smells better than Peonies?? I don't think so....well, maybe Lilacs when Peonies haven't bloomed yet.....
This obsession with Peonies started when I was a child. My mother wasn't one to take care of the yard and we had several Peonies growing on our property edge that never bloomed because of neglect. Up the street from us, an elderly neighbor had the most wonderful Peonies growing close to the road so I could bury my face in them and inhale their wonderfulness. I think the combination of being so close and yet so far away from such beauty left me marked for life!
There are 6 mature Peony plants in the big garden, This spring, I planted another one and noticed two babies. Eeee....how cool is that! They must have come from seeds....I don't clear the garden until spring.....
|This Peony is so beautiful!|
|Last post, I posted pics of the beautiful white Clematis. This Pink Clematis stands at the opposite end of the garden.|
|Close-up of a Clematis Flower.|
|Peonies, Columbine and the old plow|
|Bearded Iris with some Coreopsis and Catmint in the background|
|More Peonies...I never tire of them!|
|A visitor to the garden this morning......Spicebush Swallowtail|
|Forget-me-nots are still blooming!|
|More Peonies....they go with everything.....old plows, old chairs.....|
|Canada Mayflower is lasting a long time, as well.|
|This Columbine went from white to this color.|
|These Iris smell wonderful|
|Catmint is so faithful.....it will bloom and bloom and.....|
|Irises and 3 different colors of Columbine|
|The woodland phlox is still blooming!|
|Idgie in the window. She has her very own spot there and on the couch and on the bed and in her bed and on the chair...who am I kidding! Basically, the whole house is hers....we're thr staff|
I do carry on about big, showy flowers......Peonies, Hydrangea, Clematis, big Daylilies. They all make my heart skip a beat. Speaking of which, when the Peonies pass, there are Daylilies and Hydrangeas to moon over. Also, it might be a good idea to get another Clematis that blooms later in the season.....Oh, the best laid plans of gardeners!
Today, I'm grateful for little piece of heaven on earth!
Happy Gardening, Sally