spring is here

Every year in the winter, I buy myself a peony to plant in my garden. Peonies are my favorite flower, but they’re also incredibly high maintenance. Before this year, I have not managed to keep one alive long enough to flower. But last week, I noticed this very exciting development:

And then today when I went out to get the paper I saw this:

You can’t imagine how thrilled I am! Maybe next year, I’ll get two!

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May 16, 2010. random other things.

3 Comments

  1. Jennifer (ponderosa) replied:

    Beautiful!!

  2. elise replied:

    I’m notorious for not being able to grow anything. I helped a peony limp along…well, maybe I MADE it limp along. Then comes my son who I gave a peony to…you’ve probably figured out that it grew and bloomed like crazy. Well, this year it is not doing as well….only because of the TINY little bleeding heart that he planted right next to it is now so huge it’s crowding the peony out! Meanwhile my bleeding heart that spawned his bleeding heart is slowly dieing! Sigh.

    I’m assuming you do know that the roots of a peony need to be very shallow for them to actually bloom – I’ve learned that they need to be practically exposed.

  3. Jody replied:

    I bought a single peony from White Flower Farms and planted it four years ago. The first year, I think there were three flowers. The second year, maybe four? Last year, it actually started to look good. But this year, there were a TON of blooms. Swoon.

    Of course, then it turned 90 degrees and they all fried. Which is why I bought my peony from WFF in the first place — they had a hybrid that blooms extra-early for southern gardens.

    Yours is gorgeous!

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