For the next few months, the hubby and I have left Houston behind for Rockport, Maine. The two places are oh so different with a major difference being the plant life.
Arriving in Maine, the first thing I do is walk around the yard where so many varieties of blooming plants color the landscape. This year we missed the azaleas but were in time for the rhodendrons to be in full splendor.
Alongside them, the sweet smell of lilacs fills the air.
I was pleased to see the viburnum blooming more profusely than in recent years, but they also remind me how important it is to keep them trimmed or they can crowd out everything else.
Peonies are staked thanks to advanced help and are filled with tight little buds that won’t pop for another week or two. Just the thought of those beauties makes my heart race.
To my surprise, bachelor buttons had sprung up among the ferns.
Beautiful alliums are hanging in there, but it will be only a matter of days before they are done and ready to dry for fall arrangements.
It is too late in the day to do more than look around, but that’s time enough to plan what needs to happen next. And, with all this beauty, it’s impossible to resist cutting a few blooms to take inside where they add color and joy. It doesn’t take much to make me feel right at home.
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Peony or paeony is a name for plants in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native toAsia,Southern Europe and Western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25  to 40.
Most are herbaceous perennial plants 1.5 – 5 feet (0.5 – 1.5 metres) tall, but some resemble trees up to 5 – 10 feet (1.5 – 3 metres) tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.
One thing the above information from Wikipedia omits is that peonies are plentiful in Maine, and right now they are blooming like crazy. All it took was a few days of sunshine following many days of rain to color the landscape with their beauty.
Why do I get so excited about these gorgeous flowers? Because part of the year the only place I see peony stems is in a flower shop and the cost is from $3-$5, so when I have them in my own garden I am more than thrilled. I cut as many as I dare without leaving the bushes bare.
From the time the peony is a tight little bud
to slightly unfurled
to a full blown wonder I am outside every day talking to them, making sure all their branches are supported so the weight of the blooms won’t cause them to topple over, praying that it won’t rain until their splendor is done.
The season for these beauties is all too short, but their memory lingers until the next season when they are sure to return in full glory and the thrill will be just as great.