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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Peonies













33 comments:

  1. Peonies always seemed suitable for an experienced gardener. Once I gained experience, I ran out of room, but one day I know I'll get a peony. The pink bloom takes my breath away. These all blooming in your garden, are they?

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    1. Only the single pink one is in my garden the rest were shot at garden centers. Peonies are easy and extremely long lived. The herbacious ones were a mainstay of gardens in my zone 3 Alaskan home.

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    1. I did too but the picture on the tag looked totally different from the bloom on the plant. Could there be some sort of disease? Was it mislabeled? While I was tempted to bring it home and find out, but thought, "What would Emily do?" and left it there.

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  3. Speaking as someone with a slight peony "addiction", every garden should have at least one.

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    1. One is the lonliest number and even numbers don't work so well.. Every garden should have at least 3, 5, 7...?

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  4. As herbaceous peonies don't grow here, I have an acute case of peony envy.

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    1. Oh no, not the dreaded peonies envy! What would Dr. Freud say?

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  5. I miss the peonies of my childhood. Yours are beautiful. They don't grow here. I've heard of people planting them and putting ice over the site in attempts to do the impossible. I know better. It's wonderful to have blog friends who do grow such lovely ones for we impoverished, peony-less mortals to envy.

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    1. I wish I could take credit for growing them. I missed photographing most of my peonies this year. These were mostly at various nurseries. I might go back and get one of these though.

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  6. Truly luscious peonies! Love the soft yellow of that first one.

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    1. I'm falling for that one too. Should probably go back and get it.

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  7. I have quite a few now, and it's hard to find space for more, but I like the twisty spidery one and the next to last pink one with the layers. I've also taken a shine lately to red fernleaf peonies, which apparently spread and fill in an area, which my current herbaceous peonies don't do. But I did see something that said the blooms don't last long. Thanks for the chuckles!

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    1. They are lovely plants. You could find space for more if you really tried!

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  8. Beautiful Peonies, you took some really great photos of them.

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    1. Thank you Karen! Hope you are well and happy!

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  9. Simply gorgeous! Oh how I wish I could grow them in Houston! Thank you for sharing : )

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    1. I'll bet there are all kinds of wonderful things that you can grow that we can't! Happy gardening!

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  10. Aren't they just the most remarkable flowers? I saw many lovely varieties in Oregon this weekend.

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    1. Their hardiness to cold, lifespan, and fragrance add to their appeal. They are wonderful!

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  11. How gorgeous Peter! love them. I've only got one left here and old variety Doug's grandmother gave me many years ago. I hasn't bloomed in a while and I'm going to have to lift it as I'm assuming I've got it planted too deep or some such.

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    1. Thanks Deanne! Lifting usually makes them bloom again! Such interesting flowers.

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  12. I love all of them! Well, aside from that pink and white fluffy thing in the second to last shot, but to each their own. I have two tree peonies I started from seed, but they aren't old enough to bloom yet. I really should get some that are blooming-size. Deer-resistant and long-lived, what more could I ask for?

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    1. Well, you could ask for a longer bloom time so we could enjoy these beauties for months but that would be a little greedy, that's why we'll let you ask:) Seriously, these are wonderful plants and there's something for everyone from simple single species to the huge bomb types bred for the cut flower industry.

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  13. When it comes to peonies, I can even go for pink, but oh, the white ones!

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