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Ode to the fleeting Peony

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Red as blood, you raise your delicate head
So stunning and picturesque.
With robes of luscious green
And a poise so slender and lean,
I marvel at your magnificence.

But sadness overcomes me,
For I see you slipping away slowly
As you dance to the serenades of the wind
While it strips you of your scarlet beauty.
Leaving me longing to see more of your crimson radiance.

I dream of lilacs

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A beautiful surprise…

Everytime I would see a lilac tree teeming with beautiful flowers, I would always wish we had one in our garden. Lilacs are just so enthralling with those purplish colored flower and the fragrance!

So imagine my surprise when this seemingly insignificant, tall, bush-like plant we have in our backyard produced these cones filled with pretty little flowers! We’ve been in the house since last year but we didn’t get these flowers. I said to my partner “Don’t they look like lilac flowers to you?” She got all excited about it when she saw them too. I researched and true enough, they are lilacs!

My next question then was why didn’t it bloom last year? Since I do the layout for our 10 Neat Things weekly e-newsletter in the office (I work for the Manitoba/Alberta/Ontario Home & Gardener magazines, lucky me!) , I remember doing a 10 Neat Things about Lilacs. It turns out lilacs don’t bloom on new branches. I remember when we moved in, the top was trimmed to be as tall as the fence.  Now, we are not going to touch them till they fill up with blooms.

Maybe you have some tips for me to get more blooms from my lilac bushes?

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Beautiful Gazania

Every flower in our garden is special.
I might take a liking to a particular flower because of the fullness of its bloom,
or mesmerized by the memories another would awaken in me.
But every one of them has a story to tell me, and I just love sitting in the garden to listen…

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taken in the morning, not fully opened yet

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Surprise!

This post supersedes the last photo of the peony which I took May 22.

Yesterday, on our way home, I asked Gayl to go around and drive by the front of the house instead of going straight to the back lane where the garage is. I just wanted to see how the yard looked to passersby and admire the plants myself if they don’t.

Anyway, I almost had a heart attack when I saw these reddish little heads bobbing in the wind. I think I just fell in love all over again!

Aren’t they just a wonder to behold?!