My purple thumb is turning green

Sometimes nature amazes me. I don't have to understand it to appreciate it (a theme in my life). And I know not to take credit for it. There is some crazy nature going on in my front yard right now. This is simply my favorite two weeks out of the year because the peonies are in bloom.

My friends know about this because I used to come into the office with arm loads of peonies asking people to take them home. There's more than enough to outfit every room in my little house. Each year, I remind myself to cut them back and put up the support rings so when they get buds they don't look all wobbly and askew like a celebutant in platform Farragamos. Really, I do very little but each year I am rewarded in abundance. I don't deserve it.

I can't believe that this came out of my yard:

And this:


The peonies were here when I bought the house and they keep coming back in full-force every year. I've also added loads of Spanish lavender because it's incredibly pretty and it's not as smelly as the regular French lavender (highly sensitive nose, what can I say?). Peonies and Spanish lavender both seem to be fairly hypoallergenic as far as I am concerned. I can have them in the house without wanting to cut off my nose to spite my immune system.

This year, much more so than other years, I have an unbelievable number of bees (I'm guessing it's the lavender). I've never seen so many and I leave them alone if they leave me alone. There's something kind of elegant about them. Here's one doing his business:

Pretty,huh? And I have tons more of these, these and these.

Excuse me while I indulge my flowers-make-me-happy girliness.

Comments (5)

  1. Tim says:

    Aw, that’s great. Gardening, heck, who’d have thought? BTW, I don’t think your pictures are posting…

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    I can see them. Aren’t you the one that’s using some odd browser? Just asking 🙂 Feel free to take a look at the source code and see if you can figure out something wrong that I can change but it seems that in general, some people can see them, some can’t and I’m not technical enough to know the difference or figure out why. They are pretty…you don’t know what you are missing.

  3. nfurtwangler says:


    The first image loaded fine for me, the other two didn’t show up until i clicked "Show Image" in the context menu after right-clicking it.  Not sure exactly why.

  4. Bad_Brad says:

    This is my family’s first spring / summer in the Seattle area, and it has been interesting.  With really minimal effort on our part, we have had tons and tons of stuff blooming in our backyard and frontyard.  What’s funny is things bloom here for a week or two and then they’re gone, and then something else blooms and then it’s gone, etc.  It’s been kind of fun wondering what’s going to surprise us by blooming next.

  5. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yeah, I experienced that too. I don’t know about your situation but I had previous homeowners that much have planted some bulbs and stuff. Something would start to come out of the ground where I expected nothing. And I am constantly going thrugh the analysis of "weed or plant?". I’m not patient neough to let it grow and see if it flowers.

    So far my rhodedendrun (sp?) has already peaked, some little purple things from bulbs and daylillies, I think. My bottlebrush was the first to come and go. I am keeping my fingers crossed for my jasmine to come to life. My favorite plant last year was my autumn sage because it was at the time in the season when you thought the blooming was over and there it was all purply. It is definitely fun to watch it all happen. Bad-Brad, if you have kids, I bet it’s fun for them to check it out.

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