Thursday, April 28, 2011
At Last - A Peony Bloom
A couple of years ago, I planted a Peony in one of the galvanized tubs in my backyard. Nothing much ever happened with it and I forgot about it. Lately we have had lots of storms....and the last week and a half in particular we've had lots of rain. (Have I ever told you that rainy days are my favorite?) So, long story short, I guess the time was just right for that Peony to make another appearance.
The other day, I went out to lock up the Nest as another storm was fast approaching. As I locked the door, something made me take a look out under the tree where those galvanized tubs are, and there....in that tub was a most gorgeous pink bloom! Truthfully, I had noticed some greenery growing up quite a bit in the previous week or so in that tub, but it had rained so often, I hadn't walked out to see what was growing. In that little pink flash, it came to me that maybe it was that Peony I thought long gone. And, it was!
What a glorious feast for the eyes!!! A huge, glorious celebration of 'pinkness.' What about this closeup? Isn't this photo just divine? And, then, the whole flower...unbelievable! I'm amazed at how beautiful this flower is. I had to find a way to show you how large the bloom is, so I just held up my hand beside it. After all the tragedy from the recent storms, I feel so fortunate to have this flower under my backyard tree......to have a backyard with trees still standing, to be able to share this beautiful bloom with YOU.
I found some quotes that I thought I'd share too:
"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." Claude Monet
"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity." John Ruskin
And, this, my current favorite:
"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom -
maybe your soul has never been in bloom." Terri Guillemet
May you all be safe and 'thrilled to the very edges of your soul' by a flower near you. Take care, pat