So remember all the Peonies I wrote about in my garden? Well most of them have bloomed. But as nature decides what to do when she wants to, my peonies are struggling to keep their petals.
We have had a few frigid days, mornings in the high 40's, and too much rain. Today it has been non stop and although tomorrow brings a heat wave for the next 5 days, high 80's and low 90's with sun, it is unfortunately too late for the ones that have bloomed. Today's rain is pulling them apart.
I almost cried this morning as I walked into my perenial garden in my raincoat and hood with scissor in hand to salvage whatever I could. Normally I would never do cuttings this early. I like to wait at least until the second week but the rain will abuse them today. Even when I cut for arrangements inside I try to take the ones that are a little less attractive to leave the most beautiful ones outside. But today I had to cut as much as I could. Take a look. I filled my kitchen pitcher and two large mason jars.
I can look at them and smell them forever.