Friday, June 5, 2009

Peonies Friday


What a beautiful display my beloved heirloom peonies are putting on. Just a small root is what I brought with me out to the country when we arrived six years ago. What a blessing to that bush explode with blooms this spring. I will admit I do use a horse manure in the top soil each fall and they do get fertilized with 20-20-20 at least once a week in the early spring. I am excited to spend the afternoon out in the garden laying a new brick border engulfed by their sweet fragrance. I will keep you posted on my brick job upon completion.

My Boo this Friday morning was alert and ready to help me in the garden. One of his favorite places to 'roll' around is in the Catmit / Dianthus
corner of the back garden. I enjoy the color display that catnip combo is showing off this spring. It seems to be doing well this early in the season. Another one of Boo's favorite spots is the bird bath near the hosta shade garden. He seems to think it is his water bowl.


30 comments:

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Happy Friday to you, too, Bren;-) Your peony is gorgeous...it hung on for you and is now thanking you for taking such good care of it's root for 6 years! You deserve a great show!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Bren, what a gorgeous peony. I love the vibrant pink color. Same with the bright pink dianthus. Just lovely.

Dirt Princess said...

I want to try to grown peonies here. I don't know anyone here that grows them (that may be a sign), I am thinking it is much too hot here for them. Even though it says they will grow in zone 8. I guess I will just give it a try. TGIF!

The Army of Four said...

I would love to come walk through your garden - with you and Boo! :)
Have a lovely weekend!
Karen (and the Ao4)

Mrs. E said...

I love Peonies! I think they are my favorite flower. I just wish they lasted longer. However, I have found an illusion of peonies! Bath & Body has a wall flower scent that is peony. Heaven!! (Especially after the real ones have faded away!) Your pictures are magnificent. You make my day!

Mildred said...

It would be a joy to wander thru your garden with you and Boo. Such beautiful plant combinations.

Blessings to you this Friday.

Becca's Dirt said...

Your peony is just awesome. And to think it was just a little twig of a plant. It looks like sorbet. I wish we could grow peony's here.

b&g girl said...

happy friday to you and thanks for visting my blog! love yours! happy to see another zone 5 gardener, though i have snuck in some 6's.
love the peonies, and boo!

Connie said...

Your peony is lovely....do you know the name? I love Catmint and have it growing in the back of my flower beds around the house. It makes a nice backdrop early on before the other flowers come in, and then I trim it for a second bloom later in the summer.

MedaM said...

Your flowers are really lovely and I've just found that your blog is beautiful, interesting and informative.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment. I do appreciate it. :-)
Have a nice weekend!

Gail said...

Bren, I sure would love to have peonies blooming in the garden again and a garden kitty would be wonderful, too. Coal has to stay indoors...we live on a busy road. Have a deliciously sweet weekend in your garden with Boo. Your peonies are beautiful! gail

(Creative Country Mom) said...

Oooohhhhh....it's all so pretty! ~Brooke

jen said...

The Peonies are gorgeous!! I'm going to have to plant me some!!

Jen

Bren said...

I am trying to find the name of those peonies - but no luck. We had them in our yard in town ( 20 years ago) and I brought them out to the country with me.

THANK YOU ALL for the wonderful comments on my flowers and photos. IT really makes sharing fun!

Happy Weekend!

joey said...

Well worth the wait, dear Bren. A stunning tribute to your green thumb. I left for the lake today, hoping not to miss my next peony blooming, knowing often the moment is fleeting! Happy gardening/capturing weekend.

Nancy M. said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I have a hard time keeping flowers alive. I keep trying, though. Boo is a gorgeous cat!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Bren, Your Peonies are fabulous. I've never seen any that healthy I don't think.. Guess it's the cow manure!!!!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jill of All Trades said...

How beautiful and thank you Boo for posing so sweetly. Carla

FlowerLady said...

Bren ~ That peony is beautiful. How wonderful to be surrounded by it's beauty and scent.

Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

Sonia said...

Your peonies are just beautiful!! I love peonies too. Have a great weekend. Miss Bloomers/Sonia

The Good Life in Virginia said...

hi bren
thanks for stopping by my blog.
love your beautiful peonies. my little patch have bloomed and already dropped their blooms. alas.
have a wonderful weekend.
hi to boo from becky ^..^

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Bren~
Your peonies are gorgeous! And your cat is adorable :)
Happy weekend~ Karrita

Cinj said...

Nice to meet you. I love peonies, they're one of my favorite plants. I brought the three pass alongs from my husband's coworker with us from our old garden when we moved. My cats pretend they'd like to go outside, but when Sweetie gets into the garage she's so scared. Speedy hasn't made it out yet.

Oz Girl said...

Beautiful pics of your peony! I had one on the side of my house in Ohio, and it always put on such a beautiful show in the springtime.

So I thought when I moved to KS that I'd be in a better zone for gardening? Nooooo, still zone 5! And we live on the OK border. How can that be?!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

CrystalW said...

Thanks for visiting my page! Your flowers are beautiful. I wish I had a green thumb!

ELAINE ERIG said...

Boo is so cute, and the peony vibrant because you are so beautiful!Enjoy the weekend.

Susie said...

I've never tried my hand at Peonies. I've always heard they don't perform well in our zone. So, I reckon I'll just have to enjoy yours.

donna said...

Can't remember if I've commented on this Peony post or not. Oh, well, I guess two comments won't hurt. It goes w/o saying that your Peonies are gorgeous, but so is the Catmint/Dianthus combination. But Boo steals the show. We used to have a cat named Boo-Boo Kitty. I'm interested in that birdbath. Is it sitting on the ground or does it just look that way to me in the photo? I like it.

Cedar ... said...

My peonies will be another two weeks at least. Your mosiac shot is beautiful... makes me really ready for mine to bloom!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I like Boo better than the peonies, and I like peonies! boo is a nickname for both James and Fiona. :)