Ahh springtime! Re-connecting with the earth is affirming, renewing and promising. Waking up to a new growing season, the garden is bursting with possibilities, there’s plans to be made for the new season, salvaging some of the more delicate shrubs that might need attention, trimming and clipping dead wood, fertilizing, mulching, and general clean up of the beds is first on my list of priorities. Each year, I try to add a few new perennials to the already established flower beds. I love sharing and dividing what I have and receiving the same from friends. Here are some collages of what has already bloomed and some current bloomers. If you’ve been following Safari of the Mind, you will know that about 4 years ago, we downsized and moved to the city. Space is a premium here, but I continue to work on the flower beds both in the back and front to get it to look the way I want it to, it’s a work in progress for sure.
I just can’t seem to get enough peonies these days. Everywhere I turn these brightly colored fusions of fluff and majesty grace the gardens. Their fragrance fills the air with a sweet scent luring not just the bees, but also people like me to their delightful blooms. Peonies come in an array of colors and are native to Asia, Europe and North America. Peonies are outrageously beautiful in bloom, the foliage stays lush and green all summer long. They are known to live long lives, some as old as 100 years. The plants require little maintenance so long as they are planted in the right way and get established. I’ve found out the hard way that they do not respond too well to transplanting. They are strikingly effective when planted in groups, they also pair beautifully with columbine and irises.