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My favorite flower. The peony.

The peony is my favorite flower. They have always held a special place in my heart. For as long as I can remember, they've grown in my childhood backyard. My mom has a plant from the house I was born in, their current house - the house I grew up in - and a plant from my Great-Grandma. As kids, we would watch in awe as the ants crawled over the peony buds, almost willing them to open. It was a chore getting those little suckers off once the flowers were ready to be cut and brought into the house. But it was worth the effort.

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My dad has always commented that the flowers smell like old lady perfume. Haha!  I still think of that when I bring the blooms up to my nose for a whiff of Spring. They're such a romantic flower. I wanted them for my bridal bouquet, but they had already stopped blooming by the time June 3rd rolled around. So sad.

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Apartment living was dreary for me when it came to flowers. No lilacs, tulips or peonies. When we moved to our current house, I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I noticed a huge supply of lilacs, tulips, hydrangeas (my wedding flowers) and a couple peony bushes. I was not prepared for the beauty of the latter flower though.

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Sadly, this year my second peony plant failed to yield any flowers. They were my favorite too. a delicate pink with a HUGE tissue paper-like petal with a bright yellow center. They were so fragile looking. I'm sad they didn't do well this Spring. But seeing how awfully weird this Spring has been, I shouldn't be surprised. I hope they come back next year!!

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^Picture taken last year. June 2012
What's your favorite flower? Do you have them growing in your yard...or are they on your wish list? I have a huge wishlist. My poor husband. 

Someday...

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  1. beautiful!! I love peonies, they are so delicate and graceful. Hope your second plant yields flowers next year!

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