Bits & pieces of my crazy world…

Raised From The Dead

Posted by MeTymeMN on April 14, 2008

I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a phenominal cook…well he also has a beautifully green thumb and can do wonders with landscaping!  Though it hasn’t been my strong suit in the past, I have learned a great deal from him over the years on what goes well together (colors, height, bloom times, etc.) and how to take care of things.  Actually, my unwritten job IS to take care of the annuals and perennials and do a pretty good job of it.  But there’s always the exception:

We make a trip once a year down to a nursery in the Twin Cities called Gerten’s; biggest nursery/landscaping place I personally have ever seen.  You name it, they have it.  LOVE this place.  So last year we make our trip and are loading up our carts with mostly perennials since husband also likes to move things around 2-3 times each summer (front yard to back yard, back yard to up front, left side of trees to right side of trees, you get the picture) which always creates some open spaces.  My job is to say “I like that” and then he reads about it and determines whether or not it will work.  We get done, pay, and are both scratching our heads walking back to the car with our purchases wondering how in the world our bill got to be so high.  We’re going over the receipt line by line when we notice that one particular little tiny bush was 75 freaking dollars!!  It was no bigger than a large grapefruit! 

 It’s a Fern Leaf Peony – isn’t it cool??!!  This is what it is supposed to look like eventually.  The one we purchased had about 3 bulbs on it that we thought looked quite eager to bloom for us.  After about a month of wondering why they didn’t look like they were progressing at all, I started reading up on care of them and the first thing it said was that you need to be careful not to saturate them with too much water.  Well guess where we planted it?  In one (of two) spots between us and our neighbors that get double the watering of anywhere else because we water and so does the neighbor, and the areas between our houses get double the watering.  There’s not a lot we can do about it because this also happens to be a spot where the GRASS desperately needs the water to keep it green, so…another month goes by and we finally determined that we KILLED IT!  It’s looking all icky and slimy and…dead.  Really bummed, but we tend to learn from our mistakes.

So imagine our absolute shock – and joy – to discover this yesterday while starting to do some of our spring landscape cleaning: 

IT’S COMING BACK!!  And look how many of them there are (we counted 10).  IT’S A MIRACLE!  I do realize that sometimes it takes a year or even two for some plants to really take to their environment (i.e., we have a few dwarf lilac bushes that didn’t really take off until their 2nd full year here) and I thank GOD that maybe this is one of them!!  I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to raise this little guy, and hopefully better than the first attempt.  So I have about 4 sites bookmarked that all deal with Fern Leaf Peonies and am ready to shower it with TLC!

It’s also nice to see the Day Lilies coming up, too.  I leave a lot of the early-season chores to husband because as the weather gets warmer now, and the bulbs start to come out of hiding for the season, we also have some UNinvited guests doing the same thing:  snakes!  So if I’m forced to have to go anywhere near the yard (like to take these pictures) for the next probably 4-6 weeks, I carry this big sharp spade-looking thingy with me everywhere I go so I can defend myself.  And yes I HAVE had to ginsu a few in the past; I tried the catch and release thing, but that only worked for about 3 seconds in my head – my arms were faster and smarter.

Here’s another example of TLC…it’s all in the eyes!










And TLC that’s addicting… I am seriously in love with these socks!  These are the “Saucy Socks” for our Saucy Spring Sock Swap that officially kicked off (partners assigned) on Saturday.  The pattern is very easy and knits up quite quickly, which is great because I can get a few pairs done in a short period of time – one for my partner and a couple for me!


3 Responses to “Raised From The Dead”

  1. Kim said

    Happy Birthday!!!!
    That is one cool peony and I’m glad they are coming back and not dead from too much water. Nice socks too!

  2. Miss T said

    Yay for peony resurrection!

  3. Patty said

    You know as well as I do that I saw this, live – or rather dead, and in person and I thought SURE it was never coming back. But that’s awesome, I can’t wait to see it grow more. 🙂

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