Peonies are the ultimate in fleeting beauty. Their scarce buds – this year we had only three – sit there in tight balls for a week or two before bursting into floral gorgeousness for a few brief days.
Outside the wind is tossing our newly opened peonies around something rotten. I have been out to stake the one that fell over but I am not sure they will even last the weekend.
So to kick of this week’s Six, I present our peony. Each week The Propagator invites us to feature six things from our garden this Saturday.
Here are our three pink peonies. I am not sure of the variety. I will enjoy them while I may.
2. Gracie and Nibbles the guinea pigs
Our resident guinea pigs are glad to be out in the garden even though they are being closely watched by our new regular garden visitor.
And here he is Apollo the crazy kitten who belongs to our nextdoor neighbours but one, but is convinced he lives with us and spends his life trying to slip through our backdoor.
4. White rose
The roses are out in force now of which more next time, but we inherited this white cultivar, which was rather straggly and has responded well to pruning.
5. Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
I predict this will not be the last time I feature this herbaceous perennial this year as last year it went on flowering until the first frosts. Right now the first flowers are about to appear.
6. Tagetes cinnabar
Thanks to The Propagator for sending me these seeds which I planted out this morning. They are looking a little windswept but hopefully what doesn’t kill them will make them stronger!