Welcome to the second What’s Blooming Wednesday!
I’m excited to share with you today all the new flowers blooming and seedlings peeking above the earth here in The Land of Making Do. Remember the irises you saw last week in What’s Blooming Wednesday #1? There seem to be millions (possibly a slight exaggeration) this week.
Seriously. Does anyone want any of these? I love them, but the white irises are taking over, crowding shrubs in bush beds all around our house.
I have only a few purple, so I won’t be parting with any of those.
The pass-along Sweet William I received last year is healthy and blooming beautifully. Truly sweet!
Hovering above the little patch of Sweet William is a row of Knock-out Roses bursting with blooms. I hesitated to show you this side of the house, though.
Last year I killed all the grass, making room for my big plan of an English garden (and making room for weeds to grow in place of the grass). Think I bit off more than I could chew with this 20 x 30 foot area. With a power line, internet lines, and sewer processing pipes below ground, everything must be carefully hand-dug.
Do you ever have big dreams but find you have small energy?
I’m waiting for a sudden burst of that energy to get me moving forward on the dream garden. I’ll let you know when it progresses past the point of waiting. Meanwhile, please ignore that weedy section to the left of the knock-outs.
I peeked into a low, shady spot and spied this little shamrock. Such a waste to have a flower just blooming away, totally out of view. Unappreciated. I peeled back some branches and gave it a little camera appreciation. Don’t you love those purple leaves contrasted with the lime green vine there?
The first peony bloom arrived this week, and as of this morning, several more have joined the first. This was a pass-along from the same sharing friend who gave me the Sweet William. She brought me two Peony plants year before last during the dormant season and had no idea the color of the blooms (she has many colors, I guess). Turns out, one is white with a hint of powder pink at the base.
Do you adore powder pink as much as I do?
The second plant produced only one bloom last year – dark pink. No buds yet this year, but I hope something will appear soon.
Let’s discuss peonies for a bit. I’ll continue showing pictures of various blooms and seedlings while we talk about them, OK? Like a virtual stroll while we chat.
Do you pronounce it pee-uh-nee or pee-oh-nee (emphasis on the oh)?
I recently received correction when I said pee-uh-nee, which was how my Mid-western neighbor pronounced Peony. She had a yard full of flowers to enjoy, and hers were my first exposure to these beauties.
I innocently repeated her Mid-western pronunciation of Peony when the correction occurred.
I researched the proper pronunciation, because a queen really needs to know the truth about this whole peony business. Don’t you feel uncomfortable when you get the impression that someone thinks you’re
I found that it’s a regional thing and both are correct.
If you are in the South, you’d better say pee-oh-nee, and give that oh its proper due, unless you want to be corrected (wink). Anywhere else in the country, you’re safe with pee-uh-nee, with three equally emphasized syllables.
I’ll try to remember to say pee-oh-nee since I am truly a Southerner.
To avoid future correction, please hear me say pee-uh-nee when you see the word Peony written anywhere on my blog if you are not a Southerner. A queen never wants to appear uneducated,
y’all my lovely friends. (Wink.)
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