Trouble was brewing, a buzz of discontent. A grudge was being held in the garden.
I told them, “No,” the blogosphere did NOT need more pictures of peonies. There were already peonies a-plenty, a veritable proliferation of peonies.
My peonies pouted, prettily. They said, “You don’t really love us. If you really loved us you’d show us off, like that nice lady at Amaryllis Log showed hers.”
Then they pointed out that I’d made time for the thyme. I said, “But it was the best of thyme.” They said, “No, it was the worst of thyme.”
And they demanded equal thyme time. Peonies can be very persistent.
It was easier just to give in and post their pictures.
But now the geraniums are getting ready to grumble, the begonias are beginning to bitch. Heck, even the pansies are petulant, and they almost never behave badly.
Oh, no. What have I started?
Love this post! I always admire alliteration! 🙂
Hi, Sarah! It’s good to see you! How are the hexies coming?
Slowly! I was away on holidays with no internet (bliss!) so no time for posting or crafting. I think I’ll post a bit about the holidays this week!
I can never get enough pictures of peonies! I’m even planning to put another one in my next post. Your photos are gorgeous and so are your peonies!
Oh, good! I want to see yours. I’ve only been growing them for a couple of years and am still quite smitten!
These are beautiful, I’m glad that they got upset and demanded fair time as they deserve! They are stunners!
Thanks–you inspired me!
Once you start giving in to the peonies’ demands, it never ends …
Too true. I just got a note that says that, if I ever want to see the cat again, I need to deliver a case of Miracle-Gro . . .
I didn’t know what alliteration was, but I really like it…I am found of the peonies and can not help but take their side.
I told them you were joining their cause. They’re very pleased (but consider it their due). 😉
So delighted that they protested so much – what beautiful in-your-face beauties! Can’t wait for the geraniums!
They really are pretty, aren’t they. I’m new to growing them, in the last few years, and they never fail to impress me!
They are said to be fussy and they do not like to be disturbed – at least here in Ireland, so you can look forward to better blooms as they settle in! And we can look forward to photos too!
Two or three of my plants didn’t bloom last year, which was their first year in place, but did great this year so it seems you’re absolutely right!
I agree, Pouty Peonies indeed. I was not home when mine were in full bloom, so they decided to let themselves be washed away by rain all together…since I was not there to praise, adore and admire them;0)
But the photos ( and yes the peonies) are beautiful. never enough photos of your beautiful garden anyways!!
They punished you for leaving them! That is so typical (and my cats do it, too!)
The wittiest post I’ve read all day. And your peonies are stunningly beautiful.
Well, thanks! Of course, that may say more about the other posts you’ve read than my wit . . . 😉
Post your peonies, pansies and posies – there can never be too many fabulous floral fotographs [did you see how I cheated there? :-)] Actually those peony photos are among the best I have seen – and yes, they are everywhere. You know, where I live peonies are Christmas flowers! One of the many wonders of blogging is you get to enjoy something twice yearly instead of just annually!
Nice to see you getting into the spirit of alliteration (and there’s no cheating here–it’s all about the sound, not the spelling!!) You’re so right about the fun of seeing nature’s big moments twice a year–when I’m seeing apple blossoms here, you have apples!
And I am so glad you did, they are right to demand air time to show off their gorgeousness.
They are quite the divas. And they’ve already had their big moment are going into decline . . .
There can never be too many pics of peonies. Beautiful 🙂
Thanks–a great compliment coming from as serious a photographer as you!
Peonies can be so haughty,but who can say no to such beauty. Thanks for sharing!
I never really understood peonies until I had my own. But now I admit to being more than a little obsessed!
I guess i don’t get tired of looking at flowers 🙂
No, and I’m glad, because you give us great pictures of them, too!
You are so kind 🙂
Peonies, quite the Divas. The pretty one always have a way of getting what they want!
I just referred to them as divas, too! They are but we always seem to be willing to be enchanted by divas, don’t we?!
Persistent pink peonies to protest so petulantly. They’re perfect.
Ha! That’s the spirit! 😉
I love the flowers in ur garden… Marvelous and can u please show some Pansies too 😉
Thanks–the pansies were very pleased to know you cared! 😉
Clever and witty. You’re on a roll. Can’t wait for the next botanical dialogue.
The flowers are all weirdly quiet right now–could they be content? Or are they whispering behind my back?
I can’t see too many peonies. I love their showy flowers, and they bloom for such a fleetingly short time. I currently have a peony bloom floating in a bowl of water in my kitchen–and each time I walk by it I feel a little more relaxed and contented.
I need to follow your lead and bring a couple in to enjoy–you’re right, they go over so fast!
Thanks for showing them off. They look amazing!
And they’re already over the hill and getting kind of icky looking. Oh well–there’s always next year!
I don’t blame them for being mad at you. They’re gorgeous! (And I’m sure all is forgiven now.)
Yes, they’re speaking to me again. Making more demands . . .
I love them…in fact I have only really just noticed them and will get some for my garden. (The geraniums I bought are now flowering :).)
Yay for the geraniums! One bit of advice about the peonies–if they don’t bloom the first year you plant them don’t panic. Mine didn’t and I read that it was probably because I planted them too deep and they don’t like that. But the same article said NOT to dig them up–just let them be and the plants naturally rise up in the soil a little. I’m not sure how that happens but the same plants bloomed beautifully this year–be patient!
I love this! not only are the flowers beautiful but they have a bit of personality too 😉 great job!
if you ever get the chance though, I’d love to have you visit my
blog, it’s currently in it’s very early stages 🙂 thanks! xo morgan
Thanks for visiting and congrats on starting your own blog–I think you’ll love doing it!
Oh Kerry, I love this witty and cleverly crafted post about the way that all the flowers really do seem to be screaming for attention right now. I LOVE your photos, they are saturated in summer colour
It is interesting to see that despite your seasons late start, that your flowers have over taken mine here in England. My Peonies are just in bud. I never pick mine, but buy big bunches from the florists, filling the house with big, full-blown flower heads which dip under the weight of so many layers as they bloom.
I love them and your post and I look forward to seeing all your other flowers too.
That is interesting–yours haven’t bloomed yet? How did we get ahead of you? Still, you certainly have lots to look forward to! I’ve left all of mine on the stem but I might bring a couple in–they’re starting to fade. It’s been kind of nice–the different plants have bloomed in a staggered way so I had the dark red, then the magenta, and now the pale pink!
They needed and deserved their moment of glory…one of my favourite flowers! xxx
I have very pale pink ones in bloom now–and they’re grumbling because they didn’t get equal time . . .
Glad you gave in to your peonies wishes! Not having a garden myself (or green thumbs), I enjoy seeing and reading about other people’s botanical adventures 🙂
I’ll be waiting for the geraniums, begonias and the pansies!
Maybe reading the adventures of others will inspire you to grow your own one day! I didn’t really get interested until I was in my 40s–you have plenty of time!
Haha, your peonies are very pretty, even if they grumble at you! xx
Yes, but I say, “Pretty is as pretty does.” 😉
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The diverting demands of the season have kept me from thinking new thoughts but nothing keeps the peonies from blooming again. I’ll re-post their pretty faces until I have something new to say!
Garden grudges and grumblings produce pretty peony pictures!
I can see that you got sucked into the alliteration, too! Once you start, it’s hard to stop . . .
Loved that post. Thanks for re-posting.
Thanks for loving the post! And for sticking by me for so long!
And I was out there this morning taking photos of my peonies yet again this year….can’t help it, I just love them.
I love them, too, and I’m always astounded by how perfect they are, in spite of me not knowing what I’m doing in the garden! Will you post photos of yours? I think you should! (You wouldn’t want to risk a local protest).
So glad to see your persistently petulant peonies and I look forward to pouty pansies and other bounteous beauties from your gorgeous garden!
Once we start with the alliteration, it’s hard to stop, huh? The peonies appreciate your position on their perfection.
The prettiest plants prefer posing for perfect pictures, published on your plog. OK, that should be a b, but it didn’t fit…..
That’s the true spirit of alliteration–make the words work for you!
You continue to amaze me, Kerry!
Not too many people would even know that the word “alliteration” exists. And to add the icing, your usage in this comment is spot on because this article is the perfect presentation of prime, precise, polished prose!
Once alliteration gets its hooks in you, it’s hard to get away!
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