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Gay Paree

Gay Paree

Peonies, undisputed monarchs of the early summer garden, seem to attract jeolous rain, bent on bowing their noble heads. Nevertheless, we enjoyed some beautiful blooms this year, before the rain was able to subdue the heavy royal heads. Most of my peonies are just a few years old, except for that which I have labeled ‘Acton’. I brought a division of this peony from our previous home, where the old peony clumps were probably 50 years old or more.

Honey Gold

Honey Gold

Bowl of Beauty

Bowl of Beauty

Whopper

Whopper

Acton

Acton

Cora Louise

Cora Louise

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Sword Dance

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Here’s a photo of the garden taken on March 25th. The following photos were taken today, June 26th, three months later. The transformation is amazing. No matter how many times I experience the flow of seasons from winter to summer, I remain astounded by this annual miracle.

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Baltimore Oriole female

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Giant Swallowtail in flight (Papilio cresphontes)

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Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus/canadensis)

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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle

Forgiven

I found a little beetle, so that Beetle was his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him all the day…
And Nanny let my beetle out–
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out–
She went and let my beetle out–
And Beetle ran away.

 

A.A. Milne

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Golden Evening