Saturday, February 16

Focusing on Life , Week 7: Beauty of Flowers

Sally of the Studio Sublime gave the following photo prompt this week:


A single flower with its beauty has the ability to lift our spirits and bring a sense of happiness to our souls.   The sheer sight of flowers can evoke feelings of excitement, positivity and enhance our well being.

 This week take a moment to bring a little happiness
to your soul and enhance your well being.
Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of flowers.


I was tempted to take photos of our daffodils since a few have started sharing their sunny petals and their promise of warm weather to come definitely lifts my spirits.  

However, what I really wanted was a photo that represented unexpected joy.




The sheer number of photos I took of MY peonies last June does tell a story, but maybe I need to explain a little.  I've always loved peonies, but never thought I'd have some blooming in my own garden.  I had four that started each year with green foliage, but they never produced even one bloom.


Moving in to a new home brings garden surprises throughout the year.  On moving in day I found six peony bushes budding and blooming!  I thought pink was my favorite, but the yellow, white and dark rose were exquisite in their own way.





So although these are not photos inspired by Sally's prompt I hope you see the happiness these flowers have brought me!

We are in the process of putting together a landscape plan and I told my landscaper it was very important that they remain in the plan.  He said they weren't in their ideal spot for sun but he'd be sure to include them.  



But I'm afraid to move them!  

They've been thriving where they were planted.


Kim Klassen's peony texture!

Be sure to hop on over to Sally's blog to see other posts of flowers that have brought happiness to their writers!

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28 comments:

Memories for Life said...

Peonies are such a beautiful flower with all those petals! They're cute from all balled up to all open and sprawling!

Meeling said...

Stunning!

(no. 45 this week)

Beti Horvath said...

I'd be afraid to move them too! You have captured the glory of these flowers beautifully!

Shel said...

I'm absolutely in LOVE with the pink color of your peonies!! The yellow and white are exquisite as well and the perspective of the last white one is grand! But I'm still swooning over the pink,....

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I love both peonies and daffodils! Unfortunately, they don't grow here in central Florida. How special that there are peonies at your new home. It was just meant to be.

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx for sharing your story. I love peonies too. The lady across the street from my childhood home had them. Their scent is awesome.I have one bush that I planted as a start from my sister-in-law. It took a couple of years before it bloomed. Also don't kill the ants that crawl on them, my boss did that and didn't get any blooms.

Claire said...

i adore peonies! they are so unashamedly exuberant - gorgeous pics!!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

So beautiful! I'd be scared to move them as well.

Patty Woodland said...

They are amazing flowers and these photos are beautiful

Laura Twiford said...

I love peopnies as well. I have 2 in my garden from my great grandmothers garden and one of them only blooms with one flower each year and i have had them for 30 years now! I have never seen a yellow, that one is gorgeous!

Annette said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! Peonies are one of my favorites. I don't blame you for not wanting to move them!

Laura said...

gorgeous peonies!

LoriF said...

Oh wow, Janet, those are just spectacular! Peonies and gladiolus are my favorite flowers; we've just built a new porch out front. I think it might need a peony to set it off when the weather is right!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Pretty sure that if the landscaper had even looked sideways at one I probably would have chased him with a shovel! Those peonies are incredible. That shot of the white one against the blue sky is especially surreal. Thank you so much for sharing, they really are inspiring

Mary K. McGraw said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. Plus i am a fan of peonies also.

pasqueflower said...

Gorgeous photos!! Beautiful colors. And the closeups are amazing.

maryharding said...

Beautiful peonies. I have never grown any but I think you have inspired me. Thanks so much.

SummersStudio said...

Those peonies are beautiful. Isn't it a lovely surprise to find beautiful flowers in a new home?

Courtney said...

I adore peonies! They are so elegant.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Janet, No wonder you love peonies. I have never seen them up close and certainly not in the amazing way you have captured them. I am now a fan too!

AntiquityTravelers said...

One of my all-time favorites! But how do you get them to bloom on the West coast? I thought they needed a hard winter to re-generate? I have them in my yard in CT, but never in SF? So lovely!

Bonnie said...

I love peonies. My grandmother's heritage ones are in my back yard. Yours are beautiful.

Islandgirl said...

I have one peopny bush at home.. it came with the house. Most years it doesn't do anything I don't think it likes the salt air and the rain! But at least the deer don't eat it! Yours are lovely!

Karen Williams said...

Your peonies are gorgeous! I'd never seen peonies before moving to the midwest; I don't think they grow in Southern California.

My husband's grandmother raised peonies, and now they are the flower I most associate with her.

Marlene Cupo said...

What a beautiful and fragrant way to enjoy your yard. I wouldn't move them either!

Rdegas said...

I really love those peonies! Such a delight! Thank you for sharing your unexpected joy with us. Such a treat!

Sally Russick said...

Janet, if I had peonies blooming this beautiful in my yard I don't think I would move them. They are gorgeous!

jan b. said...

If they're thriving and blooming, leave them be. You know the old saying ... if it ain't broke, don't fix it! They are lovely.

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