Monday, May 7, 2012

A Peony For Your Thoughts


Although the scent of roses is filling the air at my house right now because we planted 4 new David Austin roses this spring, it's the Peonies that have center stage in my front flower bed at the moment.




The first Peonies to bloom this year were some that I had transplanted from my childhood home before we sold it last year.  I really didn't expect them to bloom as we moved them in December and Peonies are sometimes fickle about blooming the first year you transplant them.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find they had blooms on them, even if there were only a few.





We have a large number of Peonies that were planted by the previous owners, and although they don't smell as heavenly as the older variety I transplanted, I still anticipate their lovely blooms each spring.




The first batch to bloom are always the creamy white ones, and they have such large blooms that you can see them from far down our private lane.  These pretty flowers welcome me home for such a brief period each year, but I love to see them gently swaying in the breeze as I pull into my driveway each time.




And I'm not the only one who is excited to see them each year it seems!  

I hope you each had a wonderful weekend, and that your week is off to a great start!

22 comments:

  1. These images are just beautiful... love the full effect you gave them.

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  2. Beautiful white ruffles!
    Peonies never fail to disappoint...gorgeous photos! :)

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  3. I imagine they will be in my heaven as I do not have them here.

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  4. Lovely photos of the pretty peonies. They are one of my favourite flowers too. Wishing you a great week ahead.

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  5. You caught that little sucker red-handed!
    Gorgeous photos!
    m.

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  6. Absolutely positively luscious ~

    I love peonies.

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  7. WOW. Your photography of these peonies just pops off the computer screen.

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  8. I think peonys are the prettiest flowers but they can not hold up in a rain. So I love picking them:):)Smiles, Susie

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  9. Aren't they beautiful? I love peonies. I moved some here about 4 years ago and I think they are finally going to bloom! One of my favorite flowers. xo Diana

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  10. How I love Peonies. These are just gorgeous! We used the buff pink ones in my daughter's wedding bouquet in place of cabbage roses, and they were just beautiful.
    Your photos are magnificent, Kat.
    Enjoy your week.
    xxxooo

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  11. Oh I LOVE these gorgeous photos. I love that these are from your own childhood home. It makes them even more lovely!
    sending hugs...

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  12. These are stunning!
    And I am swooning over your new header, Kat!

    XO,
    Anne

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  13. childhood peonies are always best




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  14. I just love peonies!! I have to admit I am kind of jealous because I cannot grow them at all :)

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  15. i love peonies, i have a large bush outside my front door.....i just wish cuttings would last longer in the house, ea time i cut some off to bring in i keep saying to myself *why r u doing this they wwould have lasted longer outside* but i love fresh flowers in my home.....btw your pictures are beautiful Kat.

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  16. I love peonies too...I took a big risk and ordered a few tubers even though they aren't supposed to do well here in So. Calif. They are growing, probably won't bloom this year, but here's hoping....thanks for the photos, these of yours are what ours are supposed to be! Thanks for sharing.
    Nancy
    http:// wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  17. Gorgeous flowers and pictures, Kat! It's so sweet that you were able to bring transplants from your childhood home...that makes them more special.

    We had a row of peonies along the side of the lakehouse. One summer we had to have the house lifted on that side {it was sinking into the spongy grass by the bay}. I dug up all the peonies and foolishly stored them in plastic bags and...they rotted. I actually cried. I've never replaced them, since honestly, I missed seeing them sometimes when we we were late getting up in the spring But how I loved the scent blowing in the windows and in my vases.

    Hope all is well with you. It feels like I haven't heard from you in forever! I was up at the lake this past weekend and was going to bring home the frames that I thought would be perfect for the photos you sent, but darn, they are too small. So I will have to find some I like. I still have that wall waiting!! ;-D

    XO,
    Janes

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  18. How beautiful! I can't wait to see mine!!!! I planted white ones last season!!!

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  19. These pictures are breathtaking! So romantic!

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  20. Your peony photos have such a painterly effect.

    I am so glad you know and love David Austin roses. They are, in fact, much like peonies, with a softer, rounder profile. I hope to see photos of them on your blog.

    Shade keeps me from being able to have as many as I would like, which would be all of them.

    I so enjoy your photos and comments.

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  21. OH these photos are beautiful, Kat! We have peonies at the lake, but I haven't been able to grow them here at the house. SO pretty!

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  22. Hi Kat- I love peony blooms! Mine are gorgeous right now too. I have some that once belonged to my great grandmother- they are very special to me! Your photos are to die for--
    Vicki

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