a moment of peony

Early this morning I attempted to photograph their beauty with my cell phone.

Please read this February 2016 poem by Brian Bilston (on twitter), America is a Gun. Then take action.

Peony Watch 2022

And so it begins.

A peony blossom with droplets of water clinging to it.
peony bud, 12 May 2022

I’ve been watching since the stalks first emerged weeks ago. The growth over recent weeks is amazing. This second photo was taken the last week of April.

two peony buds amid early spring growth. the buds are small, about the size of a dime.
peony buds, 28 April 2022


2016 peonies and buds

2016 peonies


Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places.
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

peony watch 2016


Not yet.

We had a long and cold Spring. The past couple of days are the first to see temperatures rise into the high 80s. Two weeks ago that didn’t stop me from starting peony watch, after another week of growth they’re closer, but it will still be a while.

The dandelions are excited for the warmer weather, as am I.


Bleeding hearts always surprise me.


Dogwood blossoms offer simple beauty and implore me to pull out the watercolours and paint. I plan to make some time over this long weekend.


What do you anticipate most in your garden each year?