Gina, Matt and Devin spent most of the day at the Amish School Benefit Auction.
G. came home with a haul of beautiful plants, purchased at very modest prices.
For example: the hanging baskets of tuberous begonias were $7.00 each!
Some of her purchases spread out in the shade: lupins,
rose-pink salvia, mallow, delphinium, vervain--and "parsley enough for an army!"
G. is very fond of Gerberas--I grant they are colorful and cheerful, but always think they look almost artificial.
G. is chaffing at the bit regarding the wait for closing on their house, very anxzious to be establishing a flower garden.
M. is concerned with turning up a space for veggies, as there is no existing kitchen garden there, although some sophisticated landscaping has been done.
Their dooryard will be shadier than ours, at least near the house.
The sellers have given permission for the garden to be started prior to closing.
In our dooryard the first of the peonies opened today.
J. staked and tied the top-heavy bushes earlier this week.
It does seem that wherever I have lived a deluge flattens the peonies just when they are at their peak.
There seems to be an absence of the ants which usually coax the peony buds.
Instead the peonies are populated with ladybugs.
A pink peony bud.
I wonder if this is the variety Sarah Bernhardt.