Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Taking a breath - and peonies!

The last few days I have just been so busy that I haven't taken any time to just be.  At dinner last night I said to hubby that I was looking forward to Saturday so much because I can just sit and be a little as my time until then is not my own.  It isn't a problem, just busy, but you know how you need a breather sometimes!

Yesterday I did briefly pop outside for a few minutes to just be and of course my camera came with me.  I needed to photograph my peony apart from anything else!

So here are a few moments from yesterday and the last few days.  Oh, and the shots of the peony of course!!!









Too many peony shots?  I don't think that you can ever see too much of a peony can you!!!  They are so beautiful I just love them and hope to plant some more some day.


A bowl of strawberries is beautiful too.  Not as beautiful as a peony though!


A newly painted gate and freshly laid gravel is also beautiful.  Not as beautiful as a peony!


Even a freshly weeded and mulched flower bed isn't as beautiful as a peony.


Herbs, growing really well - still waiting for the solar lights to be moved! - beautiful, but not as beautiful...  Well you get the point by now!!!


Plants waiting to be potted up - I will show you when they are done!


More borders weeded and mulched and below you can see my future Dicentra - Bleeding Heart - patch with the addition of a red one and a white one to go with my existing pink one.


This table was made by hubby a couple of years ago out of the only bits we could find of the base of a sewing machine table.  It originally had a wooden top made out of an old table of ours.  We decided though to add this piece of granite which we had hanging around in the garden for the last 10 years.  The granite had been part of a built in TV unit that we removed when we bought this house.  It makes a great top for the table.  The wooden top is underneath to provide support - the edge you can see is the newly cut edge of the table waiting to be painted!  A great bit of recycling, but not as beautiful as a peony!


Even this beautiful rose isn't as beautiful as a peony...


One thing that was nearly as beautiful though was seeing this bee busy gathering pollen from an allium in the garden.  I was so pleased to get these photos as he just sat there for ages and I could get quite a few shots.




I don't know what sort of bee he is, but not doubt one of you will let me know!


So although it has been and will be hectic - and whose life isn't! - it was good to take a moment and just be with the peonies and the flowers!

Amy

50 comments:

  1. I'm ready for the weekend too and it's only Tuesday, haha! Those peonies are very beautiful indeed! I liked the bee on the aliums too :)

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  2. Very nice breath you had indeed ....peonies here also are blooming and they are currently so most beautiful flowers .... have a lovely day !

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  3. Well, I live and learn. We used to have pink peonies in our last garden. But I never knew there were white ones as well. Lovely.

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  4. your peony is indeed lovely. I think I might need to invest in one for my garden x

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  5. Love the peony. Is it red in the middle? Those buds seem to have opened up quickly, you must have had some nice weather! x

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  6. The peony is beautiful but I'm looking forward to seeing Bleeding Heart when it's in. My mother has an amazing bright red Bleeding Heart by the patio area in her garden. It's such a lovely plant to look at. Xxx

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  7. I think I agree, nothing is quite as beautiful as a peony and yours are lovely. I had to buy and support for one of our peonies as it was getting very top heavy and our 'make do' stick device wasn't supporting it - I just wish that they lasted a little longer:)

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  8. I think he's a buff tailed bumblebee, but I'm no expert. Lovely, whatever he is, I'm such a huge fan of bees. The table is genius, what a brilliant find on the sewing machine table, and excellent re-use of the granite top. Your garden is looking gorgeous, you've been working hard on it I can see. My eldest is making a little herb bed this year, but it's nowhere near as nice as yours. I hope the rest of your week isn't too manic Amy. CJ xx

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  9. Yes, the peony is the most beautiful (but the alliums come a close second!). Hope you have a few more breathers this week.

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  10. OOh when I finally get a garden one day I shall now be adding a Peony.

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  11. Beautiful peony pictures, and I love your recycled table.

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  12. Yes, your peony really is beautiful!! As are all your lovely flowers....such a pretty rose too. I hope you can find a few more moments to just be this week......life does seem to take over and leave so few of those special moments of peace and quiet and solitary contemplation.
    Helen xox

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  13. All very pretty! Yesterday was my last day at school. Now I can just be! Yay! Have a good week. Tammy

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  14. I love peonies - too windy to grow them in my garden, so I appreciate all your photos.
    Yes - Saturday is looking a good time to breathe here too! x

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  15. Such a pretty garden and flowers. TFS and I Hope you have a nice day.

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  16. The peony is indeed beautiful but I do like your alliums too.

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  17. So true, nothing quite as beautiful as a peony. It was a thrill for me to see them when we went to the Chinese garden in Vancouver - white tipped with red, just like yours, and a beautiful pink tree as well. Gorgeous! I love the sewing machine table - I have always wanted one of those. Hubby is very clever indeed.

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  18. No wonder you needed a rest this weekend, with all that garden tidying. The peonies are very pretty, I love their intricate petals and layers. Very romantic.

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  19. Your garden looks beautuful. I'm not surprised you wanted to be outside to recharge. X

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  20. Amy, I can almost smell the peonies! Great capture of the bee.

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  21. Sweet goodness is all I can get out of my mouth my friend!!! The flower beds look amazing!!! And that peony!!! Oh heavens!! You really need to blow those photos up and frame them in your home! They are gorgeous! Thank you for the beauty today pal! Happy gardening from one gardener to another!!! Nicole xo

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  22. Hi Amy! Oh, those peonies are most gorgeous! I have one little bush with some blooms that haven't opened yet. I can't wait. Hope you got to have a little 'me' time.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. Wow! Your peonies are pretty spectacular and the table is really pretty and so practical for outside. I can't keep up with the weeds here, too hot.

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  24. Gardening season is so GREAT! Your peonies and my peonies would get along well! I hope Saturday IS a good day to just be. Take care, good Amy.

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  25. Your peonies are gorgeous, Amy, our white ones are only buds,still hoping they will flower. Lovely pictures of the bees too and I think CJ is probably right! Out of curiosity (and not knowing there would be so many bumblebees) I visited the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website which is brilliant! So much information: a video on identifying different types of bees, tips on making a bee friendly garden and a Bee Kind Tool - listing bee-friendly flowers and scoring how bee friendly your garden is. And your score can be added to a nationwide map - I think this is GB only.

    Oops, I sound like an advertisement! Sorry if this is too much information.... By the way Mac n' Janet it's so cold here today we have an electric fire on. Barbara xx

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  26. Wow Amy, your peonies are just beautiful! I love their dark pink edges; they almost look as if they've been ever so carefully paint dipped. Isn't nature incredible? The rose is gorgeous too, I can almost smell it from here. X

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  27. Beautiful peonies, you really did capture there beauty in your photos.

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  28. Looks like a Buff Tailed Bumble to me :o)

    That peony is spectacular. I can't think why you didn't mention it more in your post.... :o) XXX

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  29. I love your recycled table!! Wonderful flowers too. I never tire of summery posts

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  30. I know that feeling of needing a breather... Might have to wait until next week though! Your peonies are beautiful.

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  31. Needing photos for your blog does force you out to appreciate nature, doesn't it? It works for me! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  32. Beautiful photos Amy, thank you for showing us your peony :)

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  33. I take it you LOVE peonies! Oddly enough I think you and I have the same variety! I'll have to check to see if mine are out in full bloom yet, and then I'll show them. I have three, but one in the back (deep pink/red) is already finished, and the heavy rain stripped the blooms right off the stems! You have a lovely garden, and all of those flowers look heavenly. I've never seen a red bleeding heart ... I would love to find one and pop it in with my pink & white plants. Glad you had some time to mosey around your garden if nothing else Amy ... enjoy your day/evening/week!
    Wendy x

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  34. Amy, what lovely photo's. Just love peonies, and that rose is gorgeous too.

    I love this time of year for the many different blooms.

    All the best Jan

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  35. Hope the breather restores you - we all need one now and again don't we? Oo, that bowl of strawberries almost beats the beautiful peony - I can smell their sweetness!
    Caz xx

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  36. Dear Amy
    I love the peony photos! They may only flower for a brief time, but when they are, nothing comes close! I hope you manage to have your breather.
    Best wishes from a fellow peony fan
    Ellie

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  37. I wonder if you have a fondneess for peonies? ;o)

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  38. Peonies are beautiful! One of my favorites! Neat table your husband made, love reusing items :-) Great pictures of the bee on the flowers... how important they are and hard to believe they are in danger! Thank you for sharing all the lovely things around your yard. Have a wonderful evening!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  39. Beautiful photo's Amy, those peony's are amazing, I have one but it never flowers it did for a couple of years just one flower which lasted one day and then nothing. :) xx

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  40. Lovely Peonies, Amy and loved the shot of the bee . . :) Eddie

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  41. The red edges on that peony are exquisite.

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  42. I love peonies AMy and thes epictures are beautiful, your strawberries look amazing too!!
    xoxoxoxo

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  43. I love, love, love peonies! Our first flower opened today and it looks just like yours.
    That table is great!

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  44. Hi Amy....beauty shots....great job!
    Love your Peonies....almost as much as mine! Hahaha!
    Enjoy your week....glad you got to stop, and admire your garden♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  45. Love this post! So happy you know when you need a break. Be sure to take it & stop & smell the roses (& peonies). ;)
    Those peonies are truly the prettiest in the land. Such a gorgeous flower of big poofy white. Everything looks great, but especially those peonies!
    Although that bee was darn cute too. Great pics!

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  46. I'm with you on the wonder thats that are peonies ... they're the most exquisite flowers.

    I do hope life is calming down a bit for you Amy :)

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  47. I am with you on needing a breather. And let me just say you can never, ever have to many peony pictures.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  48. I love peonies, and have pink and red ones. Your white one is gorgeous and, don't worry - you definitely can't have enough peony photos :)
    Cathy x

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  49. some lovely shots, our peonies are still not quite here, but hopefully they will be as beautiful as yours!

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