Peony Greed and Other Confessions

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Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetFavorite, Old-Fashioned Girls: Duchess de Nemours and Sarah Bernhardt, Fresh from the Garden

Friends and clients often inquire about peony supports. “Hoops, stakes or something else?”, they ask. The rain, the wind, the weight; it all brings up the flopping fears. I nod sympathetically. “Try something natural”, I usually say, “Something like twigs, twine, branches”. But the truth is, I really have no idea what they are talking about. I’ve never had a single flopping peony in my garden.

Because I cut them all.

Kansas_and_Cat_Mint_copyright_michaela_medina_harlow_thegardenerseden.com Violet-Blue Nepeta and Cerise-Pink Paeonia, a Long-Standing Love-Affair (Peonia lactiflora ‘Kansas’)

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Beautiful Endings: Farewell to June . . .

June 30th, 2013 § Comments Off on Beautiful Endings: Farewell to June . . . § permalink

Paeonia lactiflora 'Duchesse de Nemours' with Paeonia lactiflora 'Kansas' Beside the Kitchen Sink - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comBeautiful Endings: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ with Paeonia lactiflora ‘Kansas’

As June draws to a close —petals falling like rain from over-flowing vases— and a new month begins, it feels as if the entire world has burst into a never-ending wave of bloom. Sultry days alternate with drenching rains; summer’s recipe for voluptuous blossoms and lush, verdant growth. It’s been a gorgeous month of sweet, garden beginnings and beautiful, pink-petaled endings . . .

Falling Peony Petals (Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt') michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden. .comLet the Petals Fall Where they May (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’)

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Peonies and Whirlwind Days of Planting

June 20th, 2013 § Comments Off on Peonies and Whirlwind Days of Planting § permalink

Paeonia lactiflora 'Kansas' in Aletha Soule Vase - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Paeonia lactiflora ‘Kansas’ in a Pitcher by California Artist, Aletha Soule 

A whirlwind month of spring planting —slowed and backed up by days of torrential rain— continues to keep my schedule quite full. There’s little time for writing, painting and tending my own garden these days, but the pace will surely slow as temperatures rise. I take a break from planting in the hottest months; turning my attention toward the studio where I’ll be working on designs for late summer and autumn installation.

I am grateful for June’s long days and for arms full of peonies —bouquets of scarlet-flecked ivory, pink, peach and cerise— tumbling over the cranesbill and lady’s mantle; spilling out onto the freshly mown lawn . . .

Paeonia lactiflora 'Kansas' michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com June isn’t June without Fragrant, Dew-Kissed Peonies

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Peony Petals & The Heady Scent of June

June 7th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Sweet Dreams are Made of Silken Peony Petals

When the early morning air is moist and still and the garden is filled with pale light, I step outside to drink in the fragrance of springtime. Of course, there are many flowers at this time of year; iris, laurel, roses and baptisia. But there is one flower, above all others, that will always be my favorite. Unabashedly voluptuous, undeniably feminine and exquisitely fragrant; to me peonies define the month of June…

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Raspberry Sundae’

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Kansas’

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Mother’s Choice’

Top Photo: Melange Vase by California artist Aletha Soulé

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