My peonies have been open for about a week now. I expected a bumper crop of blooms, but the back row of peonies which you can see along the front of the porch was a not only a bit scrawny and short, it failed to produce any flower buds. I suspect there is an issue with drainage off the porch roof that I will have to address before next winter.
I find peonies easy going and undemanding. Their only character flaw is their short-lived, unrepeated blooms. (Case in point: I have some new deep, red peonies in the back garden that I hoped to photograph and show you, but the flowers withered before I got out to the back garden with the camera.)
These big pompom pink ones are my favourites.
I usually pick most of the blooms and bring them inside to savour. This summer I have been so busy however, that the majority of the flowers have been left for the neighbours and passersby to enjoy.
Opposite the peonies, there is a sea of tiny purple geraniums and yellow Evening Primrose.
The Evening Primrose was here when we moved into the house. The plant spreads freely, but is easy to rip out when it wanders too far. I have it in both sun and shade. In fall, the leaves turn a beautiful burgundy color.
Snatches of white Fever Few mellow the odd combination of pink, yellow and purple flowers.
I love the dark purple stems of Meadow Sage Salvia nemerosa 'Caradonna'.
A common pink spirea makes the perfect companion for the deep blue flowers of the Meadow Sage.
Another common, but indispensable small shrub is my white Potentilla. I love its tiny leaves and small white flowers.
This is Geranium pratense 'Midnight Reiter' a pretty little geranium with burgundy leaves and purple flowers.
Next week there will be roses to show you.
I am going to link to Fabulous Friday, Macro Friday and Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. To see other beautiful flowers in bloom, please click the links.
I hope you have a great weekend!