|My neighbor's fragrant peony|
She's a gardener too, although her tastes run more toward roses, lilacs and Japanese maples.
She and her husband are originally from China and she told me that peonies are seen as very special there. (This website says the peony is China's national flower!)
Peonies apparently are long-lived, but they can take a few years to settle in. I think this is the first year she has really gotten a nice amount of flowers from her peony.
Not only are the flowers beautiful, but they also have a lovely fragrance that reminds me of roses.
Meanwhile, despite unseasonably hot weather (lots of days in the high 80s) and no rain this month, there are still plenty of flowers and buds in the Garden of Aaron, including:
|Creeping zinnia...only it's an imposter, because it's not really a zinnia at all, but a completely different species: Sanvitalia procumbens|
|Gaillardia x grandiflora "Sunset Cutie" (although truth be told, it doesn't look quite like the official Sunset Cutie photos)|
|Salvia nemorosa "May Night" and bumblebee|
|Salvia guaranitica, Anise-Scented Sage, "Black and Blue" buds|
|The Natchez Mock Orange is blooming its heart out. I'm happy to see that it attracts some insects - mainly ants and small bees. Despite the fact that some sources describe Natchez as being a scentless Mock Orange, I can detect a light scent -- which is exciting because often I have the opposite experience of not being able to smell flowers that are supposed to be fragrant!|