Monday, June 8, 2015

More Peonies


There is something about peonies. They are just so extravagant: big, blowsy and beautifully fragrant. They swirl into spring, elegantly dressed in pinks, first these ones, then my deep rose-coloured variety and finally the creamy ones which are still tightly bound buds in the front garden. In the collage above are the old-fashioned kind that fall over with their own weight and dance along the surface of the grass. Especially today, with heavy rain this morning and more to come later. My mother always said a downpour was guaranteed when peonies were in bloom.





I wonder what readers who live in warmer climes think about the adoration so many northerners have for peonies, these hardy plants that will live for a hundred years. Maybe that is a significant part of their appeal; they not only cope with the seasons, they appreciate the cold weather.



Yesterday found me sitting on the ground and breathing in the scent from these lush beauties. I was supposed to be weeding. I get the strangest things taking up residence in my yard, uninvited. At one point, my hands were stinging after grabbing a mystery plant to remove it and finding the little hairs on it had the inclination to fight back. There is a reason why people wear gardening gloves. Lesson learned.


Some of my peonies have wandered indoors, one by my bedside and a bouquet by the apple tortes that were cooling for a potluck dinner in the countryside at the animal rescue site. (You met my new foster, Purl, in my last post.)


I hope you're enjoying whatever is blooming at your home or in your region.

With pleasure, I'm joining Judith for Mosaic Monday.
Thank you for visiting. 
Karen

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Peonies, Dames Rocket and Introducing Purl


There is nothing like the start of peony season, at least in my garden, to motivate a person to produce a blog post. Poppy, from Poppy View, recently mentioned in an email that she hoped I'd share some soon. She is such an encouraging and thoughtful person.



Being a bit mad for peonies, more will follow. I'll wait till they are wildly abundant before I pick any. Although, perhaps just one on my bedside table might be an idea . . .




In the "silly me" department, I'd thought these were phlox and had been purchased as such at a plant sale some years ago. Claudia, from Mockingbird Hill Cottage, recently showcased hers and identified them as Dames Rocket. One distinguishing characteristic between the 2 plants, she wrote, was that Dames Rocket has four petals and phlox has five.





Either way, it is pretty.



One more peony photo before I introduce you to my current foster cat, who moved in about five weeks ago.


Meet Purl, a 6-year-old lovely girl, mostly gleaming black with a touch of white below her throat and a couple of white patches on her underside. Purl, for various reasons unrelated to her sweet self, has been in a few foster homes and has been with the animal rescue group for over a year. Needless to say, I've been slapping up pictures of her on the animal rescue Facebook page in an attempt to catch the eye of someone who can offer her a wonderful home. I'll keep you posted.

Thank you for visiting!
Karen

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Long Time No See

Blogging has taken a back seat to other things, but it's time to dive in and join with Judith for Mosaic Monday. The photos are from awhile ago, when nothing but snowdrops were outdoors and crocuses bloomed inside.

 An amaryllis flower joined them, months after Christmas.

With weather fluctuations, comfort food in the form of whole wheat buns, cinnamon twirls and post-Easter French pea soup filled the house with good aromas.

The forsythia has yet to flower outside, but branches came indoors, vibrant yellow flowers arrived and then faded away, as have the snowdrops and crocuses in the garden.

For those who had followed the story of my foster cat, Cameo, the news is great. She was adopted into a wonderful home; one of her roommates is a certified therapy dog! I have a special place in my heart for the people who took in a 9 year cat. Better with age, right?

Have a lovely week.
~Karen


Saturday, March 28, 2015

☀Sunlit Sunday: The Final Week



It's 7 pm as I write this, there's daylight outside, the Mourning Doves are cooing and the sky is blue! That must mean it's time to wrap up Sunlit Sunday for another season. Thank you for linking and/or visiting the posts you've found here.

I may not have anything but snowdrops in the garden, but there will be crocuses blooming soon, at least inside. These one are now in pretty pottery pots.




My indoor garden remains a bit confused about the time of year. The shamrock is producing a few blooms, in a nod to St. Patrick's Day past.




The amaryllis flower will open soon. There was a second one, but in moving the pot from one spot to another I knocked it off the stem. Arghhh! I saved it, though, and it's sitting in a bit of water. I'll see what happens. Maybe it will still think it's Christmastime and unfurl its petals.









As for my foster girl, Cameo, she has begun a second week of her Extended Visit. She's a big hit with the people in the household of the applicant; they're hoping a second week will have her be more open to the presence of the dog. Cameo has been content to curl up in laps, get petted and brushed and hasn't seen the need to become further acquainted with the other 4 footed resident! The story continues . . .

It's your turn, now. Even if you haven't participated before, you're welcome to do so for this final Sunlit Sunday for 2015.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

☀Sunlit Sunday: The Penultimate Week


Happy Spring! It has officially arrived here and most of the snow has melted away. It was time to pull out the rabbit and hang the wreath on the door.



Even better, it was time to admire the snowdrops that have finally bloomed, little clumps of them here and there in the garden. Whatever the sky may say, it's a sunny day when those first shoots pop out of the ground.


A couple of snowdrops made in it indoors for closer inspection and just to celebrate the new season's arrival.




Such a simple thing can bring such pleasure.



On the foster front, last night Cameo went on her Extended Visit to the home of a lovely woman who applied for her. The Meet and Greet last Saturday, which included her dog, was a success. Now it's a matter of seeing how Cameo fits into her home and, more specifically, whether the cat accepts living with the dog. He is used to cats; we'll see if Cameo adjusts to him. She certainly likes people! The EV is scheduled for a week, but can be adjusted if need be. It's quite the process; 2 volunteers there last evening, dealing with paperwork and answering/asking questions. That was another bright spot in the week, seeing a couple of volunteers give up part of their Friday evening (after working all week) to help with animal rescue. It warms my heart.

Your turn. This is the second last week of Sunlit Sunday.


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