Friday, June 8, 2018

The Peony Garden from My Window

It's hard to believe the very spot where my peonies are planted was buried in snow higher than the birdbath in March. They bloomed much later than usual and I was a little worried at first because the buds were so small. They slowly got larger and larger until they were back to normal in every way, including their beauty. This is the view from the window over my desk in the pantry. Covering this garden with woodchips last summer was a huge task but it paid off with fewer weeds to pull this year. So far I have been able to keep up with them on a daily basis.


Gail, northern California said...

How long have you lived in your cottage? Was the evergreen tree there when you arrived? I love that dense dark green with the lighter green (new growth?) tips.

Are those boxwood bushes at the end of the stone pathway?

P.S. Sorry, got sidetracked by everything else in that photo. The peonies are lovely. Did you deliberately mass all three colors?

Pam said...

Everything looks so pretty and well tended! Is that a big blue spruce in the background? I love their fragrance when they put on new growth in the spring.

La Table De Nana said...

Same here!! My single ones have bloomed..the big rufflers have yet to..but I was concerned also and now the buds are big and healthy! Pretty!!

Content in a Cottage said...

Gail, northern California -- Gail -- I transplanted a whole grove of spruce trees I grew from seedlings at my former home. I am so close to the road and these trees give me such privacy. I had all the blue spruce trees facing my cottage and I love their new growth. All the trees are now higher than the telephone pole out front.
I brought the twin boxwoods with me too. I planted them at my former home when they were very tiny. I have one more under my pantry window.
I had no idea what I was doing when I planted my three peony bushes about 10 years ago. They were very young and not in bloom when I dug them, with permission, from an estate property that was being sold by the heirs. I am very pleased with the outcome.
I bought my cottage in December 2001, my mother moved here in 2003 after the restoration was complete and I didn't move in fully until I sold my other house in early 2004. I was still having interior work done and had to come daily to supervise.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Pam, Yes, that is one of four blue spruce facing my cottage in a grove of other spruce trees. They were professionally dug and transplanted from my other home and I grew them from seedlings. I love the new growth too.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

La Table De Nana -- We had the same peony problem with small buds in the beginning. I was really worried they would be puny this year but they are better than ever. Peonies are so easy to grow and require almost no care at all. Love them!
xo, Rosemary

Vickie H. said...

Oh my! This is just so luxurious! I love those plantings!!! How delightful to view them everyday!!!