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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eye Candy - Food for the Soul.

While I have to admit that my photography skills are for the birds (though not birdlike like this), I love, love, love my peonies.  I can't wait until they bloom - hovering over the plants waiting for the right moment to cut some to bring inside.

I put them in vases, glasses and pitchers.  I put them all over the house.  Did I mention how much I love them?  They make me think of exotic birds.

In my favorite pitcher - bought in Madrid.

After a visit to the new-to-me nursery, I also got a few annuals - something different from my usual pansies and johnny jump-ups.  This is a Cardinal Climber - I loved the leaves and vine and it blooms in the most beautiful scarlet, tiny trumpet flowers.  The color in the photograph doesn't do it justice.

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I am still behind on my planting, but hope to get the two other annuals in the ground by the weekend.  I have been working on my flower bed, or, rather, flower/weed/grass bed.  The garden always takes precedence but I had better get cracking!

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I need to plant a couple of peonies...

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  2. Nancy - You won't be sorry! I would love a tree peony, but they are pricey, so I stick with the regular kind. Easy keepers!

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  3. I LOVE peonies, too! But don't have any. (What's wrong with that?! I am such a dud when it comes to landscaping. Sigh.) It's been a long time since I've seen a red peony. Beautiful!

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    1. Mama Pea - True confession (not that type) - they were here when I moved in. I am hopeless at landscaping myself.

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  4. Ahh the marvelous colors of garden! What super peonies and the vine is quite interesting......it could climb on dill couldn't it? [Cheesey Grin]

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    1. Fiona - Why, yes it could.... :)

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  5. I just planted my first peonies this year. Can't wait to see the flowers next year. I have a southern friend who asked me how ladies up north call them.

    "Peony" I said clearly confused.

    Deb says "In the South we call them Pee-Ohhh-knees." @;)

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    1. Tami - HA! Up here it's more like pee knees. I love southern. Just love it.

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  6. Your peonies are truly beautiful. Being a farmer's daughter, I won't tell you what my opinion of cardinal vines is, although the hummers do love them.

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    1. FFG - Okay, I am assuming that the plant grows as a perennial down there and takes over, right? Not so here (thank gawd) where it's an annual and you can pick and choose where and how much to plant. Or so I hope.

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    2. Oh, honey, it grows WILD down here and takes over whole fields. Nobody but the uninformed would ever plant the stuff. Back in the day, Daddy would have to stop the tractor and use his knife to cut the vines from the rollers in the corn picker before he could continue. Only to have to do it again a bit later. Royal PITA.

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  7. I have tried planting peonies, but the deer love them before I get a chance to see them ... I've given up on them - the peonies ... The deer rule! I've tried hanging soap; I've tried human hair; I now have this huge 5' fence around my little garden, but since nothing much has come up yet, we'll see what happens ...

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