Jane's call to arms sent me out to the peony bed. Despite heavy - and I do mean heavy! - rains and way too much wind over the past week, the peonies have just bloomed their little heads off! Way too many blossoms have ended up on the ground, but I have been out cutting them as often as possible.
Even Mitchell noticed how good the house has been smelling.
Am learning to cut them a little sooner than in previous years, and they seem to be doing well inside. Today I added some native penstemon [penstemon digitalis] as well as agastache 'Ava' and some leaves from Solomon's seal. There was one "odd" Dutch iris. It's not one that I have ever planted, so must have been bird-planted or blown in, but I like it and it lasts longer in the vase than the rest that I have.
There's one peony that I'm particularly interested in seeing "open". It's the dark bud that looks a bit like a rose. It has never bloomed before and so I don't know what it really looks like. The bud is nearly as dark as the 'Scarlette O'Hara' peony that I love so much. That one bloomed briefly, but got pounded by the rains and didn't make it to a photo shoot this year.
Thanks to Jane at Small but Charming for hosting and organizing us!