Good Neighbours

Neighbours can qualify as good in several ways:

  • by looking after the house while we’re away
  • by taking me out to photograph birds
  • by planting fussy flowers for me to enjoy without the associated work

For me, peonies fall into the fussy-flower category, so I’m grateful someone else has the patience to nurture them.  Like the magnolia blooms that survive the squirrels, they’re lovely at every life stage and from every angle.

2-photo collage of peonies in full bloom

3-photo collage of peonies


    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim R – Yes, they’re spectacular but short-lived, which seems to be the general rule for flowers: a reverse correlation between showiness and duration. (Thanks.)

  1. Judith Umbach

    I love peonies and have two in my flower bed. Apparently rabbits also love peonies, because they ate both them down to the ground before they even grew up much. Hope I have peonies next year. Lovely photos.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Judith – Oh, dear. Drat those bunnies. Why can’t they wait until the peonies have finished blooming and you might even appreciate a bit of pruning?

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