Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Day In The Life Of My Garden, June 10, 2008

This was taken about 7 Am this morning. We had two thunder showers during the evening. The plants were thankful for the rain and the coolness. It caused the day to start off steamy though- you can see it in these photos.

This is my Scarlett O'Hara Peony- a beauty, no? I have had this plant (or a piece of it) for about 14 years. I am still a fan of single peonies because I think their centers add so much to their whole form. I am also pleased that I actually have a peony blossom worth enjoying. In years past, the 7 plagues of Bradford have brought in rose chafer beetles, which you would assume would eat roses. Ahhhh, but no, they prefer potatoes and peonies. To le boyfriend's chagrin, they actually EAT the potato plant. They prefer peonies for more sensual pleasures like procreating and defecation. Beetles piled two and three high, legs thrown back in ecstasy took up residence in new blossoms and then defiled them with big, gloopy piles of brown glop (to be redundant). For three years my beloved peonies have been a source of hand wringing and wailing. This is the first year I have enjoyed their blossoms in this home.

But to look on the bright side- I did learn to kill with my bare hands and with an utter disregard for life. I think these are essential skills for any gardener.

5 comments:

Michelle said...

I know how much you love killing the nasty wee bugs. Do yo uthink word of teh Gengis Khan of Bradford has gotten out thru the bugworld and they have decided to leave yur Peonies alone?

LYC said...

I would have thought killing with your bare hands (or feet) would feel somewhat natural to you being an advanced level black belt and all....hmmmm? Think of it....killing bugs could be a mere amusement for you not to mention all the money your neighbors would save on action movie/entertainment.

smith kaich jones said...

Beetle orgies, peonies, poppies, death by bare hands. I LOVE your blog!

SMC said...

Who knew how exciting gardens could be? Death, Sex, lots and lots of money.... next thing you know there will be knife fights!

Michelle said...

...or a reality show.