Squirl's Nest

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Peonies

I was lucky enough to have a peony planted in my yard before I moved here. So, with little to no work on my part I was able to have these gorgeous flowers.

These pictures were from a couple of weeks ago.
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Then last Saturday, after a night rain, I got these shots.
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And this one is my favorite.
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28 comments

Blogger eclectic said...

OMG, those are beautiful!!! I love peonies!!! They always take me back to my grandma's house.

Apparently my grandad (who died when my mom was still a girl) had been an avid gardener and adored peonies, because he had planted them around the perimeter of the house. They were growing there still the last time I was in the area, though Grandma died in 1986, and the house was sold.

Thu Jun 07, 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

We didn't have time to dig up our peony bushes and bring them with us when we moved out here. :( I'm jealous!

Thu Jun 07, 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Awesome photographs! As usual!

Thu Jun 07, 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, I love peonies, too. I love that they remind you of your grandpa's house.

tshsmom, I'm sorry you had to leave them behind. Ichabod's sister had so many in the yard when she bought her current house that she was giving them away. We didn't have a place at the time or I'd've taken them.

Nick, thank you!

Thu Jun 07, 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Is that the same plant that had us guessing earlier in the spring? I love peonies, and they were my mom's favourtie. When I finally buy a house I'd like to have some yellow ones.

Thu Jun 07, 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

Yes very beautiful. I liked how after it rained it opened up like more please. Keep it coming.

Fri Jun 08, 08:01:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

Peonies are so glorious. The look, the size, the scent. God really does like us, to give us those :)
Thanks for sharing.

Fri Jun 08, 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I really like the second photo when the peony is still a vivid pink and the light is turning the tips of the petals white. It also looks very three dimensional and striking against the dark green background.

Although, the droplets on the blossoms look really nice too.

Good shots!

Fri Jun 08, 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger chiapet said...

absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had a camera right now - you HAVE to see the flowers in our garden at my new flat!

Fri Jun 08, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Sounds like Tshsmom has some serious peonies envy!

You know I have to work that joke in at every opportunity, right?

I'm sorry...I see it as something of a moral obligation.

Fri Jun 08, 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Peonies are my absolute favourite flowers EVAH! I have a pot of them on my balcony but they have never bloomed. Thanks for giving me my peony fix.

Fri Jun 08, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger chiapet said...

I just remembered a story from my youth. Wow.

When I was really young and still living in Detroit, MI, we had this little brittle black woman next door that would never say much to us... but would always smile as she watered the peony plants she grew along the property line.

They were the biggest peonies I ever seen (of course, this is a rememberance from before my head bloated to the size of a mutant canteloupe) and they always smelled so fragrant and sweet.

Mother would never let me take one in as they were not our flowers to pick. To quell my disappointment, she planted me a peony plant of my very own so I could pick them and bring them in my room.

When it didn't take (at all) after a year, mom asked the brittle old bat what she used to get her peonies so lovely.

Crazy old bizzo peed in her watering can all day then diluted it with water to feed her plants. Wow.

Fri Jun 08, 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Beautiful photos, Squirl! I especially love the ones with the raindrops on them. Just lovely.

Fri Jun 08, 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Courtney, yes, it is. You remembered! I hope you get to grow some one of these days.

Tweety, thanks!

Susie, yes, it's just another bit of proof that we're loved. You're welcome. :-)

Danielle, I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks!

ChiaKittn, you really need to borrow a camera.

Bucky, yes, your MORAL obligation, of course.

Kranki, you're welcome. Sounds like I'm lucky or else these are some really good, strong peonies. I wonder how old this plant is.

ChiaKittn, that's a freakin' hilarious story!

Ladybug, thanks! So nice to see you.

Fri Jun 08, 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

so wonderful...love peonies, love your photos, as always...grateful that you share them with us.

Fri Jun 08, 08:57:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

The last one is my favorite too. I love the smell of peonies. They are beautiful and with no work you just get to enjoy!

Sat Jun 09, 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Pink said...

ooooh. I love how the flowers opened to the rain, receiving.

gorgeous.
xx
pinks

Sat Jun 09, 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

It is as if the rain washed the colour away...

Sat Jun 09, 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

htgt, I love that you guys come and comment on them. I love it even more when you really like them.

Nina, aren't they wonderful?

Pinks, thanks!

JDR, ah, the magic of time-lapse photography.
;-)

Sun Jun 10, 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Amazing photos, Squirl. Truly gorgeous, thank you.

Fri Jun 15, 12:14:00 AM  
Blogger Oliver T. Kittie said...

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Fri Jun 15, 01:51:00 AM  
Blogger Oliver T. Kittie said...

Nice Peonies.

Peonis Envy...just what I thought too Bucky...

Anyhow Squirl, I remember those in Ironwood, MI at my Grandma Talo's farm. In July they were always covered with ants. She never sprayed anything on them because my two cousins, my brother, Scott and I were always so fascinated by them.

Email me if you'd like Squirl, I would love to hear from you.

Fri Jun 15, 01:57:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, OTK!

Fri Jun 15, 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Laurie, thanks! I hope you're doing better.

Fri Jun 15, 09:47:00 AM  
Blogger Ladymadaysia said...

Peonies are my mom's favorite flowers. And they are soo pretty!

Thanks for sharing.

You have such good gardening skills!

Tue Jun 19, 08:16:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladymaysia, thanks! I think a lot of my "gardening skills" are luck!

Wed Jun 20, 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger candy said...

you are so making me miss the peonies at the house i grew up in. great heavy pink flowers that would sag after a rain. i'll have to check the ones at the park to see if they are ripe enough for me to steal a few.

Sat Jun 23, 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Candy, I hope you can find some.

Sat Jun 23, 10:05:00 PM  

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