Friday, May 22, 2015

Peonies are always beautiful. . . . . . . .

I was hoping that perhaps my peonies would still be blooming when I returned 
from Europe. They have always been at the top of my list of favorite flowers. 
My late mother grew beauties in our English garden - she had a green thumb for 
certain. As a child, I would cut bunches of fragrant blooms for the house and to
share with neighbors. People would comment on our abundant peonies as 
they walked by our Devon garden.

Arriving home last Friday there were several blooms, but in no shape for cutting, 
This one was just holding on enough to come indoors. It has shared its 
gentle perfume all week as I've rallied from my sickbed!
The weather is beautiful - the very hot and humid days of early week tempered 
by a cool front and some rain thankfully. This morning I see more buds opening 
so will perhaps be cutting more gorgeous peonies for the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, I'm much better and am working on those travel posts to share 
with you later.


  1. Lovely peony, I wish mine would flower. So sad that you have returned home unwell, get better quickly now.

    1. Hello Elizabethd, I've just read your comment - do make sure that your peony isn't planted too deep as they will not flower if they are. It may be worth digging it up and lifting it's planting depth slightly so that you get flowers next year. :o)
      Best wishes
      Rose H

  2. So happy you're feeling better, Mary. Our peonies have not opened yet and I so look forward to them when they do. Your photos are gorgeous. This one was meant for you. Deb

  3. Dear Mary, So glad that your feeling better. Looking forward to seeing your glorious peonies.

  4. Hope you are feeling much better Mary. Peonies are such luscious flowers. They are my favorites too. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

  5. The peony is be beautiful. Can't wait to hear about your travels.

  6. Peonies are my favorite flower too. Buds were just forming on the ones we planted at our old house when we moved. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

  7. For sure a beautiful flower.

  8. Have been away from blog land for a while so nice my first one I read is about a flower thats also one of my favourites.
    Sorry to hear your well get better soon. Happy weekend :-)
    Annie x

  9. What a show-off of a peony! She's a beauty. I'm waiting on my blooms here. I think a few buds are ready to bring in to open in the house. Love the edits you did with the photo. I hope you continue to feel better. Have a good weekend.

  10. Peonies are a favorite here too. I wish we could grow them here in TX, but it is too hot. I buy them in the market, but like hydrangeas the price per stem is $5. ;-)
    Thanks for the visit and thoughtful comment. I will respond with an email soon. '-)

  11. I just now got caught up with your blog again...I'm so sorry you got sick as you were heading home but glad you're feeling a little better now. Your peony is beautiful...I think the one held out just for you.

  12. Sorry to hear you haven't felt well. Hope you are healing now.
    Oh I love peonies and your photos are gorgeous. That is something I wish
    we had in the garden, but for some reason they just don't survive and flourish.

  13. Hello dear Mary, so pleased to read that you are recovering. What a lovely bloom! Strangely, the peonies that I rescued from my late Mothers previous garden are about to bloom for the first time in six years, and I'm looking forward to enjoying them.
    Sending {{Hugs}}
    Rose H

  14. I hope this finds you feeling better, Mary. I've been following along on your adventures but I seemed to have missed the one before last. I know what a trooper you are--you were probably feeling badly well before you mentioned it. Sending lots of love. And the peonies are gorgeous---used to have them at the lakehouse.

    Jane xxxx

  15. Dear Mary, so sorry to hear that you caught a bug at the tail end of your holiday to Europe, hope you get well soon.
    Your images of Holland are stunning and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip.
    The peonies too look wonderful, fingers crossed that they continue to bloom for you this holiday weekend.

  16. Glad to hear you're feeling better. I do love Peonies.


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