Sunday, June 7, 2009


So strong is my love for the peony that it momentarily causes my disdain for the lowly ant to diminish - just a tad. They clearly love peonies almost as much as I do, so they can't be that bad. For the other 11 months of the year, we have no choice but to agree to disagree about all that is right and true in the world, but in June, we unite.

Believe it or not, this is my sole peony bush. What it lacks in companions, it makes up for in sheer size. I think it is begging for a division this Fall. And I keep daydreaming about going hog-wild and ordering 10 additional varieties, for good measure. So many possibilities!

Can you imagine a dreamier flower? Me neither.

The window of opportunity is so short with peonies. I distinctly recall feeling a certain variety of regret last June, when we carelessly planned our vacation during prime bloom time. That is a mistake I hope to never repeat.

While I'm heaping praise onto their gracefully showy heads, I might as well comment on the fact that with peonies, I never feel the need to squash my urge to cut as many as I want.

In fact, I think it would be a crying shame not to shear armfuls. I believe it is my personal duty to gift my unfortunate, peony-less friends with their own bouquet.

It's what I do best, next to laundry.

It's my spiritual gift.

I'm convinced - nothing inspires a clean kitchen quite like a giant vase of peonies. Their simple-yet- extravagant beauty deserves nothing less. (Sidenote: it's true what they say about adding a drop of bleach to the water. This photo was taken exactly one week ago and I'm still staring at the same gorgeous bouquet.)

Peonies, I love thee. I am honored to share my birth month with thee. I promise to find suitable friends for thee, come autumn. Just promise me you'll never leave.


  1. I am a peony-less friend...tpo bad I am also 3 hours away. I wish my neighbor would think sadly upon me and share some of hers. :) they really are beautiful. my aunt always had gobs of them up blooming up against her garage.

    i think that they'd also look beautiful at the top of your blog, if only in the month of june.

  2. i love that you blessed this peony-less girl with some peonies! what a special gift :) and mine still look just the same, the bleach must really work! i love it when i have flowers in the house, they make everything so much prettier.

  3. I love this post, what more can I say? You (and/or Cory) captured their beauty perfectly. I'm proud to have your beloved peonies in my home as I type! ps. they still haven't made it in to the bath with me, but there's still time.

  4. Found ya on another blog! LOVE peonies and they just don't grow where I live! Central Valle, CA. Thanks for letting me live through yours!!! Be back soon!
    ♥ Jen

  5. a drop of bleach adds some drama to mixed drinks as well. "Did I just ruin the flavor, or did I just fatally poison myself??"

    good times.

    btw I think you need, at minimum, 10 additional peonies in your yard. tell Cory to make it happen.

  6. Beautiful!

    I share your love of this delightful plant, patiently waiting for mine to bloom.

  7. Love your beautiful peonies!! I want some. I need to look into that. We probably can't grow them up here or something.

    Love your new header too.

  8. When I was little I always used to call them "Panties"

  9. Ooooh what a feast for my eyes. thanks!!!

  10. I love them too...although the bloom time is so short! I have some neat ones...I'll have to post a picture too...they don't really look like the classic peony. I think you would love them though!

  11. Peonies are absolute fave, too. Our poor bush is completely plucked as soon as they start blooming. I enjoy them so much more in the house!

  12. Such beautiful photos and beautiful flowers. You are talented!

  13. hey, did you know there's a peony "farm" around here? they have like 59 varieties! my bff just ordered some starts, she loves them too.
    ps: i like the spiritual gift slay me:)