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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pink Peonies, Comin' Atcha!

I admired these gorgeous pink peonies by a neighbor's mailbox on a walk one evening last week and so returned with my camera to capture them. Peonies have been bursting out in colorful blooms all over town lately, and though the wind, rain and hail have beaten some of them to the ground, many like these are still holding their gorgeous heads high...


In fact, this photo is just a teaser, as on Friday morning I think I found the Pink Peony Mother Ship! I've been working on that post every time I have a few spare minutes and hope to have it ready tomorrow or Tuesday. :-)

Meanwhile, here are the above pink peonies with their white siblings and some lavender iris friends in front of one of my favorite houses in our neighborhood, due to its charming front porch. Their wicker chairs were the inspiration for the set we have on our own front porch. I coveted their hanging baskets too, but alas theirs are far more sheltered from the screaming prairie winds than ours would be, so I wistfully abandoned that idea...


Back soon with more eye-poppingly pink peonies and other eye candy! :-)

21 comments:

  1. I love peonies..they remind me of can-can dancers petticoats!
    Jane x

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    1. That's a perfect analogy! Now I will never see peonies without that Can-Can song playing in my head (and vice-versa! Though I see peonies more often than I hear the Can-Can song!) :-)

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  2. I love your peonies, pretty in pink! Lovely images! Happy Sunday to you!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen! I wish they were mine - ours, also pink and just planted last year, have taken such a beating from the wind this spring that one of them is a mere stub of a plant, and the other two look raggedy. But maybe someday they'll be as pretty as these!

      Have a great week!

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  3. Gorgeous. I have not (yet) successfull grown peonies so I am filled with awe (and some jealousy). I am really looking forward to that next post...

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    1. We inherited two very dark burgundy peonies at our last house, and while they grew and bloomed nicely under our supervision, I can't claim responsibility for them. As for the three pink ones we had the landscaper plant on the south side of our new house last September, see my sad reply to Eileen above! Every wind storm broke off at least one more branch, till the middle one has none left and the one on the right is down to a single branch. I think the air conditioning unit helps protect the third one. Poor babies!

      I am hoping to get that post done, but my already full plate just keeps getting stuff added to it. We leave in less than a week and I have more to do than is humanly possible! But I will sure do my best to get that post done! It's a fun one. (Besides, I'll come back with hundreds of trip photos to have to deal with, so it's now or never!)

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  4. They are such pretty flowers. So big and delicate looking! I'll be looking forward to your next post!

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    1. I know, and it's amazing how many blooms one plant can put out! They always look "frothy" to me. The pink ones especially, like strawberry sodas. :-)

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  5. Aw, I love peonies. They're a really pretty flower...make great bouquets!

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    1. Hi, Rose! I do too - they look very old fashioned, and I picture them in Victorian gardens. They are really popular here!

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  6. Gorgeous! I love that hot pink color!

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  7. What perfect color. Did they smell as good as they looked?

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    1. They smelled lovely, but as a visual person I'd have to say I prefer their looks! :-)

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    1. Thank you for your visit and for your nice comment!

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  9. Such beautiful things to see..critters and flowers!

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  10. That is an inviting front porch but I have no doubt yours is too. I can't wait to see it in real life. It'll be years before mine is inviting. The inside HAS to come first!

    Those are beautiful peonies but the purple iris are my favorites. I like the combination of the purple, pink and white. And of course I saw the follow-up post before this one so I know that as a group, those neon pink peonies are quite phenomenal!!

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  11. Well, ours isn't too inviting THIS morning - the wind came up in the night and is still blowing like stink, and so our lovely wicker chairs had been unceremoniously tossed onto the mulch and flagstones (and though they're resin, they are not lightweight!), and my poor Canada goose who sits on the stone ledge was around the corner by the fence gate! Stupid wind. While I was out there first thing this morning gathering everything and putting it back where it belonged (stacking the chairs so they won't be flung ass over teakettle again), a regular dog-walking neighbor went by and asked if we enjoyed our vacation (don't know the woman, apparently she'd chatted with Robyn on her walks by the place a couple of times). I told her yes we did, in no small part because it wasn't bloody windy where we were!!!

    The inside of our houses is always our first priority too. Though if I lived in a year-round outdoor climate like Hawaii, it would probably be the opposite. But Michigan's UP does not qualify! :-)

    I'd have taken a closeup of the irises too, but they had passed their prime and were looking worse for the wear by the time the peonies were at their best. I love that combo of colors too!

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