Friday, June 17, 2011

Something Light and Fluffy


I am so excited that my peonies are blooming! Big whoop, I know, but it means that my garden is still alive. I am not a failure at this growing plants thing! And peonies are just so amazing. They die back over the winter and then suddenly, this tall plant is there, with ants crawling all over the buds... pretty small buds... that just EXPLODE! in pink, fluffy petals. I am NOT the pink, fluffy type of person, either, but I can't help but smile when I see these flowers. How in the world do all those petals fit into that teeny bud!? It's like a popcorn kernel...

In honor of my peonies (nice work, ladies!), I'm going to post "Mumsy" from Yoga for Your Brain. This tangle starts with a simple squiggle center and then grows and grows and grows... until you run out of space. Someone needs to create a tangle called "Plant Stake". ;-D

And because I am temporarily obsessed with pink, fluffy flowers, I just had to show you these rhododendrons that are blooming in front of my cottage! This is evidence that pruning is overrated! Perhaps it is also evidence that I have a dual personality? I admire a trim, neat plant that hibernates, obsesses, creates in obscurity, then explodes forth with a masterpiece. And I also admire the hardy, lazy, New England "weed" that grows anywhere, next to any plant, and effortlessly sprinkles day-glo pink petals all over the lawn. Go figure. Either way, it is nice to have role models.


  1. It's not silly at all to be proud of your peonies... you've had a hand in creating just as you would a drawing... except this is co-creation with Mother Nature!

  2. Oh my - your peonies are so lush! Pink peonies are my favorite flower. I just bought some gorgeous ones to plant in our front yard and I hope they continue to explode the way yours have! Our rhodies are doing well this year, too (it's our state flower in Washington). What a marvelous time of year - the abundance of natural beauty is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your photos and your mumsy!

  3. Hi,
    Just as I loved Arc Flower...I am tangling a lampshade with it, I love Mumsy! It reminds me of 'Fantasy Flowers' I loved to draw a a child.
    Here is Oshawa On we are just finishing our city's Peony Festival, one of the largest in North America. So many beautiful flowers in different kinds and colours. Beautiful, beautiful! Thanks for this!

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  5. I hear you! I LOVE my peonies! I know that putting them near a rock helps them, as well as the ants. I've had mine for about 14 years now - a white and a pink. They have stopped growing as well now, and I have to figure it out. I have photos of myself with one Peony in my hand - it was much bigger than my hand. I marvel at them, too :). Beautiful tangle, too.


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