Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Peony Promise (098/365)

2009 04 08 IMG_3434 
"...peonies, their favorite flower, are saluted by the Chinese, according to their form or color, by these delicious names, each an entire poem and an entire novel:  The Young Girl Who Offers Her Breasts, or: The Water That Sleeps Beneath the Moon, or: The Sunlight in the Forest, or: The First Desire of the Reclining Virgin, or: My Gown Is No Longer All White Because in Tearing It the Son of Heaven Left a Little Rosy Stain; or, even better, this one: I Possessed My Lover in the Garden."

Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden, "The Garden," Chapter 5

TIME: 1:25 PM
PLACE:  Front yard flowerbed
SUBJECT: Peony shoots

These peonies were given to me by my mother from plants she grew in her backyard.  Mom's peony plants were given to her from her mother's plants.  Originally, the above plants were located by the back porch of our first home.  My mom planted the tuberous roots for me soon after DramaQueen was born in late October of 1997.  When we moved, eight years ago, I dug up the peonies and replanted them here.  I am so very glad I did.  I cannot wait for them to bloom so I can cut bouquets and fill the house with their fragrance.  That smell immediately transports me back to my childhood, when Mom would do the exact same thing each spring. 


Dot O said...

I will definitely want to see the pics of them in full bloom!!! Do they need ants to help open them? I've heard that they do.

Sara G said...

Great great photo. Can't wait to see it further into the season!!
Take care

Mari said...

I love peonies! Ours are not nearly that large yet - just a tiny shoot.

Christina said...

Won't be long till you can enjoy their beauty and fragrance.

bentonflocke said...

wonderful memories for you!!!

Can´t wait to see, when they are full bloom!

Sujomi (SuzyH) said...

Dot O - From what I've read, that is probably an old wive's tale. The ants feed on the sap of the unopened bloom.

Sara G - I'm looking forward to the blooms as well!

Mari - These have really shot up in the past week.

Sujomi (SuzyH) said...

Christina - I can't wait, that just means it will be warm out!

bentonflocke - I most definately plan to take photos and post them!