Saturday, February 16, 2013
Focusing on Life - Week 7
Here is our photo prompt from Sally for week 7...
‘This week take a moment to bring a little happiness to your soul and enhance your well being. Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of flowers.’
My grandmothers’ peonies gave her a lot of pleasure for many years. She planted a row of them, three different colours, after her marriage to my grandfather in 1926. In the beginning, they were white, pale pink and red, alternating colours along the row.
My grandfather, besides being a market gardener, was a bee keeper. Over the years, those bees cross pollinated the peonies to the point that they all ended up being the same bright pink colour.
After my grandmother passed away and the house was being put up for sale, several family members went and dug up some of the tubers to plant in our yards. Surprisingly, they actually flowered that first year after they were transplanted. We really were not expecting that.
Because they are a heritage species, grandma’s peonies are very fragrant unlike the modern hybrids. I’m so glad that we were able to retrieve them before the old house & property were leveled and replaced with a townhouse complex.
This photo is from last summer. I know it’s cheating a bit to use an old photo but it’s the middle of winter and the peonies are not blooming right now. My grandma’s peonies do bring a lot of happiness to my soul and enhance my well being though. *smile* And it seemed right to share that with you all this week.