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Because I have an extensive garden, I often get asked what folks should plant in their gardens. My response is always the same: plant what you love.  

Gardens are alot of work. No getting around it. And after a long day of digging, hauling, lifting, pruning, planting, weeding, fertilizing, mulching and watering, you’d better like what you are looking at! 🙂  

Our home came complete with a fairly nice landscape base but it contained many plants that I simply did not care for. It took about three years for me to summon up the courage to remove said plants and start building my garden. And it’s a process that will continue until the day I become compost. 😉


“Nara” (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kinkaku’, Japanese Tree Peony), Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/13, 1/125s, -1.3EV, ISO 200

So when the knees of my jeans are encased in dirt, my muscles are sore and my hands appear like I’ve been farming the back nine, I don’t have to look far to understand why I do it. The reasons are right there in the peonies and the clematis, in the rhodies and the azaleas and even, in the vegetable garden. I also see it in the eyes of the birds and critters who share this space with us.  

Yep, my garden is a labor of love and right now, this labored gardener could use a hot bath! 🙂

King of White Lion

“King of White Lion” (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Hakuojishi’, Japanese Tree Peony) Nikon D300, 60mm, F/8, 1/400s, ISO 200

When I started this blog in June of 2009, the Japanese tree peonies had already passed blooming. 😦 I am so happy it is peony season once again! 🙂  

This GIANT, semi-double blossom measures 8″ across and the scent is incredible! Like the sweetest rose with just a hint of spice. 

Last week’s high winds broke off a large branch containing a fat, juicy bud – oh no! I quickly took it inside, scraped about 2 inches of the bottom of the woody stem and plunked the entire thing into water. Four days later, the bud opened!! Woo hoo! 🙂

Having a stem I could place wherever I pleased made photographing my favorite flower much easier. I found the perfect patch of dappled sunlight and clicked while I watched it dance over the bloom. With the sun warming my shoulders, I didn’t even mind the breeze that would ever-so-often ruffle the petals. 

Peony season rules! 🙂

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