Look What Bloomed

 

Good guess! It’s totally TMI, but I want knickers in this color. 

 

My lovely pink peonies finally bloomed. And then promptly hit the ground due to weight and rain. Um. Yeah. Kinda forgot to stake them. I planted these peonies in the front yard 3 years ago, and last year they didn’t need staking. So, it didn’t sink in, until I found full blooms dusting the ground, that this year might be different.

Clearly I’m a novice. I love these flowers so much, and after our visit to the peony farm last week, I’m seriously considering adding many more to our (as of yet, un-planted) back yard garden. But, it’s clear I need a little education. So, I did some googling, and darn if there isn’t a lot of information on growing peonies out there. Apparently, it’s a bit of an obsession.

Kinda staked. That’s actually the technical term. 

 

I did find a FABULOUS site that you must visit if you’re considering adding peonies to your garden. For the name alone, Peony’s Envy is worth a visit. But you’ll find it’s a wonderful resource for all things peonies. From planting advice, to an amazing guide of the various shapes, sizes, and colors available, this site covers it all. There are lots of visuals (which is rare, on gardening websites!) and terrific advice on all things peonies. You can even order online, if you don’t live in the area to visit their gardens. It’s all written in extremely accessible language and I can’t fathom a topic on peonies that the site doesn’t cover.  There is even information about those elusive tree peonies and how best to plant them! 

 

If you’re sensing a pink theme to our garden, well, your spidey senses would be right. I can’t help myself. Our yard is a large frilly ballerina thing and I love it. 

 

I’ve  absolutely scoured Peony’s Envy and it’s one of those resources that should be in every gardener’s bookmarks. But I warn you, it’s addictive. The photos are divine and you’ll probably have a wish list a mile long and be cursing me for introducing you. Peonies, they’re the gateway drug to all things beautiful. Enjoy! (and if you live the in the area and can visit Peony’s Envy Farm, tell them I sent you! And take pictures, lots and lots of pictures.) 

6 Responses to Look What Bloomed

  • Julia says:

    Oh, how beautiful and what a gorgeous shade of pink! I have three peony plants in our front yard that were here when we purchased our home. Mine bloomed very early, the first week of May. Thanks for sharing the site info. I will definitely check it out! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Julia says:

    Here are a few photos of my lovely peonies when they were in bloom – http://threecottage.blogspot.com/2012/05/happy-monday.html

  • IZ says:

    So pretty. I definitely support planting more. Love that first photo by the way – it’s like looking at fireworks – an explosion of color. 🙂

  • Margaret says:

    I love them too–hmmm. Maybe I should try to plant some. 🙂 We need some sun for our flowers to bloom; right now they aren’t very productive.

  • CitricSugar says:

    I have knickers that colour. You should totally get some.

    Warning: peony-coloured knickers may cause dancing and cooking sans pants in many different rooms of the house. Close blinds before donning knickers as you may find it difficult to cover them up with trousers, skirts or shorts. They’re just too much fun.

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