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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.

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?!

Getting down and dirty… Confessions of a novice gardener

Coming from a country where everything is lush and green all year round, and the gardens always look good without much toil, I never thought that gardening will be my thing. Well, I do love nature and flowers, but to actually grow them and take care of them, I wasn’t sure.

But here in Canada where everything green goes to sleep half the year, i have found a new fascination to plants and gardening. And working for a gardening magazine has helped (a lot) to feed my new passion.

I started with indoor tropical plants back when I still lived in a building apartment. But now that I actually have a garden, I can’t wait to get down and dirty and plant all those beautiful flowers I’ve started from seed and are now thriving in a greenhouse at T & T Seeds (a garden centre here in Manitoba).

And because it’s a new house and we purchased it in Winter, we didn’t really see what was growing in the garden since everything looked dead and white. So part of the wonder and surprise is seeing all the new sprouts and finding out what they are.

Here are photos of the garden I’ve taken back in early April, when sprouts were just starting to show their eager heads through the soil, and photos I’ve taken today while playing in the dirt.

A lily poking its head through the soil (Photo taken April 4)
Peonies eager to show their big heads (Photo taken April 4)
The Peonies taken a week after (April 11). How fast they’ve grown
Taken April 23. The Peonies have grown quite a bit
Can’t wait to see what color my lilies are
The front yard planter with the lilies taken this morning
Planter where the peonies are
My garden “bling bling”
The greenhouse now firmly tied to the fence
The seed trays with all the different seeds in them. May the best seed win.