There are lots of beautiful things blooming here in Salem this week and one of my very favorites is the peonies. Do I have any in my garden? No, I don’t. Why? Because they take time, space and patience. I want to grow them. Every year I spend a good amount of time thinking about where I could plant some. I never seem to get it together and get them into the ground. One of the great things about blogging is that I feel accountable for what I say I’m going to do. So, here goes— “I’m going to plant some peonies this year!!” If anyone has some that they’d like to share I’ll be by in no time to pick them up, now or in the fall… just let me know! Here are some of my inspiration peonies. My dear friend Blaire has grown these in her Salem garden for years. Long before I knew her I used to lean over her fence every June to admire them.
This is her first shot of this years’ blossoms… Wow! Perfection!!
Here’s a full view.. just beautiful!!
And one stem artfully arranged after a little damage from a hard rain… Leave it to Blaire to create something this pretty!
I would say that the patience and space needed is definitely worthwhile! Time to get to work! And many thanks to Blaire for allowing me to share these beautiful photos!
A few days ago one of my cousins asked me to share some gardening failures. There are plenty and I started thinking about where to start with that post. Then Michael came in from the garden a few hours later and asked “what’s that growing in the basil and tomato plants?” I went out there to look and found this beautiful sight:
Seriously? what is that popping up all over the bed? I think it’s probably some grass from bunny food that had made it’s way into the rabbit compost that I added before I planted these last weekend. I had to laugh because before I could even take a photo Michael had started digging it all out. I’m going to add some straw mulch today after another round of weeding. That may help to keep the weeds down, moisture in and wilt away from the tomato plants.
It happens, it’s okay, hang in there! It can be a long road but it’s so worth it in a month or so when we’re enjoying fresh tomatoes and pesto. There’s nothing else like that! Have a wonderful day! Enjoy everything!