Peonies and roses of late spring

Our spring garden is in full bloom right now — a delight to all the senses!  We have three peony bushes that are all beautiful.  The white bush is one we purchased here in Minnesota, but the two pink bushes are from my parents’ yard in Overland Park, Kansas. It’s always a treat to see it bloom and think of them.  Our roses are also in full bloom, making for a wonderful and delightful compliment in this arrangement.  The John Cabot roses in this image are from a large climbing bush in the backyard.  Our early spring and summer weather has the gardens about two weeks ahead of their normal schedule, but I’m not hearing anyone complaining.  It is such a treat to enjoy the blooms not only outside in the garden, but to be able to bring them inside to brighten our home.

Holiday roses

Whereas most people enjoy the year-end holidays with poinsettias, I’m fortunate to have a dozen red roses to celebrate my birthday.  They’re beautiful and smell lovely, and are a nice change from the usual Christmas decorations.  And with the subzero temperatures outside and our white coating of snow, they’re a nice reminder that summer will be here, even if it’s later than sooner.

This post marks the beginning on my second year of blogging.  Thank you to those of you who have commented on my entries, and thanks to the many readers and followers.  If you enjoy my posts, you can now subscribe to my blog and get email notification when I’ve posted new entries – just click on the “Sign me up!” box on the right side of the screen and enter your email address.  Thanks again, and happy new year!