Inspiration, Colour, and the Annual Blooming of the Tree Peony

(Jenn is having a less-than-inspiring day – or rather, a day that inspires mass mayhem, so I’m filling in today. – Dwyn) — Inspiration! What could be more inspiring than the first truly wonderful warm sunny long weekend of the year? It’s not quite summer, it’s definitely spring, the weather promises to be drop-dead gorgeous, and the garden centre store-owners are rubbing their hands together in glee in anticipation of the flood of customers beating a path through their doors this weekend. (Shop your local garden-centers, folks. Unless your Big Box store is buying locally. Not only does it help …

It’s All in a Name

I love the internet – sometimes it seems like all of human knowledge is out there, waiting to be picked, like an apple tree loaded with apples – far more than you can consume! For instance – last weekend I bought, despite my determination not to, some more perennial plants. More plants means more digging and gardening and I have quite a few, so I’m trying to enjoy the ones I have for a bit. But, there it was, this spectacular tree peony, with a blowsy white flower the size of a dinner plate and crinkly petals so thin you …