Saturday, June 20, 2015

Peony Power



I photographed some powerful plants the other night. This white peony and many of its friends. Unfortunately, their power is all visual. The peony stems are not strong enough to support their heady blooms.  And they perform the peony flop.  But we still applaud and forgive their wimpy stems. They have us at hello with their abundant size and stunning color.


Deep


A blush of romance.



There's power in numbers.


Size matters.


I also spied a robin darting in between beds of future roses.  She was on a food finding mission.


She was being trailed by this goofy, ungainly, open mouthed, spotted and throbbing creature. 


Weird.  His mouth is shut.


Tail-less and possibly homeless.  But not motherless.


But back to those peonies. Beautiful.  The Lake Harriet Rose Gardens are full of flowers, fountains and plentiful benches to enjoy the outdoors on.


And just a few steps away is the 33 acre Thomas Sadler Roberts bird sanctuary.  Take a tip from us and take an evening stroll.

It's peaceful.



21 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Sharon, your peonies are just lovely. And the robins are pretty. The juvie is adorable. Great images. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

baby robins are so cute! love the blooms, too. :)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

I love peonies. They're gorgeous blooms. The baby robin is so cute. Keeps his mom busy.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The peonies are beyond lovely, but you are right, they are better captured in the moment in your photos than they are in real life because of that droop. Also (back in our other life) when we gardened I remember that they really really attracted little bitty ants. So I couldn't clip them and bring them in for vases. Oh well, I was never very good at that anyway.

Skinny stems or ants notwithstanding, I would love to see some peony bushes for real about right now. I am missing the Pacific Northwest. We'll be there soon!!!

Margaret Adamson said...

A wondeful variety of thesefabulous Peonies and I loved sseeingthe baby Robin being fed. I hope you went into the bird sancuary and took shots for us to see later.

DJan said...

That first picture took my breath away! And that cute little baby robin, brand new. :-)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The peonies REALLY sag after it rains. But they're so big and pretty we forgive them.

Lucky little robin still has mom watching over him!
~

Marie C said...

Oh, the peonies are just stunning! They are one of my favorites and I just love yours! That is a sweet mom & baby robin...hope the other one is fed!! Beautiful place!

ladyfi said...

How lovely and peaceful!

Stephanie said...

Your peonies are gorgeous especially the first shot. Cute bird shots! I love to take a stroll down this road in the last shot. Looks inviting.

Anni said...

GORGEOUS blossoms Sharon...and the baby robin images?----priceless!!

Mama Zen said...

Love the pictures of the baby robin!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

The peonys are so beautiful!!

And the sweet momma robin and her baby.. A good momma she is.
love
tweedles

The Chair Speaks said...

Lovely blooms and great photography!

mick said...

Great photos of very beautiful flowers and the juvenile robin is being looked after very well!

Adam Jones said...

Very nice looking Robins.

bettyl-NZ said...

These are awesome flowers, so bright and colorful. The little robin looks so lost, but Mom seems to be taking good care of him!

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Beautiful shots! Loved the pink one :)

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful peonies. The baby Robin is so cute.

theartofpuro said...

Love your pictures :)

Mary Cromer said...

What darling images of the Robin family~