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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Remembering Peonies ~ Memorial Day

White Peonies

When I was around Jr High age, we lived on a five acre parcel in a neighborhood that was once a huge orchard.  Everyone had fruit trees and most had peonies.  Our front two acres was yard with cherry, apple, plum, apricot and peach trees, as well as maples and elms.  There were bridal wreath shrubs bordering the street. 

Red Peonies

Each year, just days before Memorial Day, the peonies would bloom in pinks, reds and whites.  I don't remember how people knew, but flocks of strangers would come to our neighborhood to buy the peonies to place on their loved ones graves on the holiday.  All of us sold bunches until every last bloom was gone. 

Pink Peonies

It was a special time and in stuck in my memory forever.  I remember seeing the ants on the buds...they are part of the blooming process.  And the beauty of all of the plants growing in the yard.  The times my Dad mowed over them and my Mother upset that he did.  The people who stopped by our house and others to purchase that beauty for their loved ones lost.

Pink Peony

Peonies will always hold a special place in my heart.  Another blessing to be counted as we approach Memorial Day!

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12 comments:

  1. I adore peonies. My fave flower. How lucky to grow up in an orchard! I would always be eating a piece of fruit. xo

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  2. Barbara - It was nice...always something to munch on! Lots of work, too when it came time to pick the fruit and can it!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. I love them, too. What a great memory of childhood. Ours don't bloom here for another 2 or 3 weeks...but love them. xo Diana

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    1. Diana - I grew up in Omaha and they always bloomed right before Memorial Day...like they knew the date! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Peonies are so beautiful and the fragrance is out of this world! What happy memories they must bring to you. ~ Maureen

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    1. Maureen - Happy memories for sure. And, today this one just popped out of my lil' ol' head! Great timing again!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. They are my absolute favorite flower and mine just bloomed yesterday. I haven't had any white ones. Love the scent too and they are just so precious as they do not last long.

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    1. Lisa - I really miss that yard...except having to help mow it!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. Pat, Peonies are a favorite flower. Regretfully, they don't do well in out heat, even the ones developed for our area. My daughter's have peonies, however.
    That soundes like a wonderful place to grow up. You have described a beautiful Eden.
    Thank you for sharing those special memories with us. The pictures are wonderful.
    I am still visiting family and enjoying every minute.
    Happy Memorial Day.
    xo Ginger

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    1. Ginger - Glad you can be with family this weekend. We are doing nothing. I am thinking it would be a good day or two to take a drive with the camera and see what I can find to blog about. We'll see.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  7. Pat,
    As you can see, I am still having that spelling problem.
    Yesterday, my grandson and I were baking a cake together. We were using an edition of a favorite cookbook that I had given to each of my girls. I told Jon the recipe was on page 272. He flipped there and no, it wasn't there. We looked in the index. The recipe was on page 227. Oh well, such is maturity. We had a great time baking the cake, that's what counts.

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    1. Ginger, I knew exactly what you meant...and I have the same problem...the other day I mixed up 227 and 277! Ha! My brain has flown the coop!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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