Star White posted a picture of her peony. That brought back to me a memory of MY peonies. When I was young, my mom had a lot of them but I never really paid attention to any special attention she gave them. When we bought this house, there were a lot of them on the property. The first year, we noticed ants on them. I see an ant and out comes the ant killer. Then I read an article that talked about how ants help the peonies to bloom by eating off the peony sap on the blooms. Well I know now that the theory is a myth, but it's funny to think back about it.
My husband is a Belgian that thinks he has a green thumb and all plant knowledge automatically comes to him by right of heredity. When he moved those peony, they never bloomed. That was long before the internet so for me, a trip to the library was in order. A wonderful gardening book informed me that we had planted them too deep, so out they came again. Now they are firmly and permanently planted in the pond area where they are very happy. And I am happy to say they are thriving and full of buds.
Every plant in my garden has a story. This is the bleeding heart planted in the front of the house in front of the deck a few years ago. One of my daughter's friends gave her a start of it about 10 years ago. It did OK, but never really took off. When she moved to an apartment she brought it to me and put it right where it is now. I probably would have put it in the pond area, but just left it. After about 2 years, man did it take off!! It thrives there and encroaches on the small path that is along the deck. Terry cusses it all the time because it gets to big, but in a word...tough, I'm NOT moving it. But we are re-landscaping the pond area and I'm going to try to get a start going back there.
Finally, here is a picture of a female Oriole that blesses our feeders. She and her mate come often. He is the most vibrantly colored male I have ever seen, but I haven't seen him lately to catch a picture. They spend some time by the pond too. After their brood hatches, we won't see them at the feeders anymore, unless it's to grab a bite of suet. But I do plant birdseed in an area of the back yard and I often see them there so I suppose there is something back there they like to eat, or maybe just the bugs.
My gardens aren't picture worthy yet, but hopefully our weather will allow me to weed and mulch soon.
Have a wonderful weekend.