The peony is my very favorite flower in the whole world! When I lived in Germany, my mother-in-law had them growing in her garden and she gave me a clump of one of her plants, which did well in my garden.
Unfortunately, they do not do well down here in the Florida heat. Too bad, since I do miss having peonies! Thanks, Pat, for the memories that came with this photo!
Crestwood DC: Eleanor's Peonies
For many years, there was a house on my block inhabited by a sweet elderly lady. Her husband had willed the place to his children from a previous marriage, and these mean stepchildren wanted her to move out. But she showed them! She lived well into her 90's.
Up until the end, she was an avid gardener. By the time she died and the house was put on the market, her back yard was overgrown in peonies. The young couple who bought the place decided to pull them out and plant grass. And instead of tossisng them out, they gave them away to the neighbors. So this is Eleanor's peony that has finally started to bloom in my front yard. In fact, we are starting to see them all up and down the block. And they smell just amazing.
And geeze! What a cool legacy!
Just one of the things I love about living on my block in Crestwood!