Sadly, my lilac bush is on its way out. The blooms, while still fragrant, are fading quickly. And while that makes me very sad, I now turn my attention to my peony. Yes, my one and only peony plant which is located behind our house, planted in an area that gets much less sun than it truly needs.
It seems to be doing very well this year. There are several buds, where in years passed I've only had one or two blooms to look forward to.
So I had a very exciting idea this morning as I was drinking my hazelnut coffee and perusing the estate for signs of growth. I thought to myself...If I'm so excited about my peony blooming, won't my readers be, too? Of course they will!
So, dear readers...don your white lab coats along with me and join me in the Blue Girl Peony Watch 2006. Everyday we will observe the peony through photography. It'll be like time-lapse photography. Sort of. I will take a photo at approximately 8 a.m. each morning and post it to my blog.
Together will will check for signs of botrytis blight. And if I ever spy an ant on my peony, I will take your suggestions of whether to spray them lightly with water or simply give the plant a little shake.
I also ask that you speak to it every day in the comment thread. I've read that these plants are strong and that most anyone can grow them, but you all know by now that I have a black thumb. So your daily words of kindness can only help my lovely peonies to bloom. And while they are also known to be very forgiving plants, please refrain from using profanity when speaking to it. For example, I would never place my Grow Damn It rock beside this charming specimen. It is much too ladylike a species to tolerate such brash behavior.
Hence, your support and loving words are critical.