I think the impressive-flowers-from-my-yard posts are just about done. But I have one more. And I can't believe I forgot about this one. Peonies. Say it with me: PEE-oh-nees. Try again. PEE-oh-nees. I know most of you out there are saying "pee-OH-nees, but you are seriously WRONG about that one. Don't believe me? Click here and play the sound icon. I do love to know the correct pronounciation of things. It's so interesting to realize when words I've been saying my whole life are pronounced totally differently. Like "mischievous." How many of you say miss-CHEE-vee-us? Well, look at the spelling again. It's "ous" not "ious". MISS-chiv-us, is the correct pronounciation. I always thought it was miss-CHEE-vee-us too. But when you look at the spelling you realize that you're throwing in an extra syallable that doesn't exist. Weird, huh?
Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, flowers. Anyway, I planted some peonies in my yard a few years ago and they have become absolutely splendid. Why do I not remember how much I love peonies until they are in bloom? Maybe because they bloom such a short time and then they're gone for another 50 weeks.
I planted two bushes the first year. They opened up to be hot pink. So the next year I planted a white peony bush so I could make a multi-colored bouquet. The one problem? They don't bloom at the same time! The pinks are all petals-on-the-ground by the time the whites are starting to bloom. Foiled. But here are some pictures of the beautiful things anyway.
I have to say, I might have to work peonies into my list of favorite flowers. It currently looks like:
Favorite To Smell: Lilacs
Favorite To Look At: Lillies
Favorite in Yard: Crocus
Favorite in Bouquets: Gerbera Daisies
But I think I might have to scratch out Gerbera Daisies and put Peonies. If only they would last a bit longer! If only they bloomed all summer! I might just scratch everything off the list and just have peonies on there. (But Sweetie, feel free to go with the daisies and lillies any time!)