Francisco’s Flower

Paeonia '?'

Twenty-five years ago I was given some bud divisions from the crown of my grandfather’s then 40-year old, pink peony. When my husband and I moved for the second time, I dug up and divided the crown so that my good friend could foster the plant until our house (and my garden) was ready. Quite obviously, the flowers are no longer pink–not sure if a seed grew over top of the old crown, thus choking out the original crown. But I do like the look of this new flower and not for its beauty alone but because it’s a flower that my grandfather had once lovingly nurtured.

Fact: Ants do not encourage or assist the peony into blossoming nor do they harm the plant, they simply want to feed off the nectar that’s secreted on the buds. (UNH Cooperative Extension Center)

©teresita abad doebley all rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU: We are closer to the ants than to butterflies.  Very few people can endure much leisure.  ~Gerald Brenan


9 thoughts on “Francisco’s Flower

  1. It is a rather unique looking plant now… You have an exotic new hybrid.
    Kudos! 🙂
    I’ve been on college visits with my twins hence my absence…
    Finally catching up on comments!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I have a very pink one in my yard, only pretty flower that came with the house. I always wondered about the aunts.

  3. I would love to try and grow peonies!
    I have a double pale pink amaryliss that my Dad gave me. It is in a clay pot and it seems happy. I would love to plant it in the garden but I have heard that the soil can change the color. I have been taking a picture of it everyday as it grows and blooms. It will be a Future post! enJOY your day!

  4. I love that the flower has history. My mother has a few plants that stem from a plant I was given in 4th grade or something. I used to have one too, but with all the moving it didn’t survive. Maybe when we know we are settled again, I can get a new cutting.

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