Peonies and Violas

“Oh thank goodness.”


“It’s getting cold. I didn’t think she’d ever get around to putting our blankets on.”

“She always has. Always will. You need to relax a little bit. Soon after the leaves fall, she rakes them over you.”

“You don’t have the same problems with cold I do. You’ll bloom anyway.”

“True. Why are you so wimpy?”

“I’m not ‘wimpy’. I’m sensitive. Don’t forget I’m an exotic oriental blossom that has inspired poetry? I have tender petals.”

“Guess I’m glad I’m just a random wild flower.”


“Is she going to cover you all, too? I hope so. It can’t be fun hanging out on the north side of that fence when it’s 20 below.”

“Martha will cover us soon, probably, but not until she has to. You see, we like growing and blooming and making seeds and all that. A little cold doesn’t bother any of us.”

“I see your pal the columbine is doing well.”

“She loves this. She has ice over her all winter.”

“Well, gotta’ go. Dormancy time and all that, you know. Nice chatting. See you on the flip side.”

“See you in spring.”

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P.S. The fallen leaves are so helpful to bugs, bees, flowers, and the ground I just can’t think of them as “dead.” Oh, here’s today’s bonus, a flock of Sandhill Cranes. ❀



13 thoughts on “Peonies and Violas

  1. I don’t clear out the leaves until spring when new shoots are coming up. Until then, they provide a protective cover. Being oaks, they provide a pretty substantial cover.

    • I’m amazed when people buy mulch to cover their plants in fall after they’ve raked away their leaves and put them in plastic bags. I don’t get it.

  2. Some people spend their fall raking and sucking up all their eaves and then sending them off to be buried somewhere else. Silly people!

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