Thursday, June 4, 2015

Peonies, Dames Rocket and Introducing Purl

There is nothing like the start of peony season, at least in my garden, to motivate a person to produce a blog post. Poppy, from Poppy View, recently mentioned in an email that she hoped I'd share some soon. She is such an encouraging and thoughtful person.

Being a bit mad for peonies, more will follow. I'll wait till they are wildly abundant before I pick any. Although, perhaps just one on my bedside table might be an idea . . .

In the "silly me" department, I'd thought these were phlox and had been purchased as such at a plant sale some years ago. Claudia, from Mockingbird Hill Cottage, recently showcased hers and identified them as Dames Rocket. One distinguishing characteristic between the 2 plants, she wrote, was that Dames Rocket has four petals and phlox has five.

Either way, it is pretty.

One more peony photo before I introduce you to my current foster cat, who moved in about five weeks ago.

Meet Purl, a 6-year-old lovely girl, mostly gleaming black with a touch of white below her throat and a couple of white patches on her underside. Purl, for various reasons unrelated to her sweet self, has been in a few foster homes and has been with the animal rescue group for over a year. Needless to say, I've been slapping up pictures of her on the animal rescue Facebook page in an attempt to catch the eye of someone who can offer her a wonderful home. I'll keep you posted.

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Your peonies are beautiful!!! You are so right, there is nothing like a beautiful peony to inspire a blog post is there. I hope that Purl does well with your loving care and will find a new home! xx

  2. Love your wonderful peonies, here they just start flowering too. But.....I'm melting for Purl.......Hope she gets the good life she deserves.

  3. Your peonies are beautiful and the Dame's rocket, too. I would never have known the difference between them and Phlox! Purl is a beauty - I hope she finds a loving home soon. xo

  4. The flowers are lovely, but Purl, OMG, she could be the twin of my Sloan...seriously they look identical!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  5. Hello Karen
    I had Dames Rocket show up in my garden this summer somehow and it is pretty so I'll let it form a clump. My peonies are just starting to open and love to have them in vases in the house too.
    The first thing I noticed about Purl was the black fur and her sitting on a white couch. Hopefully she'll find a forever home before long.
    Have a good weekend.

  6. Hi there Karen!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I fear my peonies will be rain soaked, by the time I get home!
    Yours are of my very favorite flowers....
    Perhaps I can pick a few myself!
    Linda :o)

  7. Oh Karen, look at your beautiful peonies! I am so envious as I love them. I had one many years ago but it petered out. I've been thinking I need a few for my garden but will have to think about it. Dames Rocket, I thought it was phlox too! It is so pretty .Purl is a lovely kitty hope she finds a home soon! Great to see your post!

  8. Hi Karen,

    What a wonderful surprise to see your beautiful peonies finally debut in such a pretty hue of perfect, pale pink! They are stunning, and I'm certain that their scent is just as lovely, fresh and sweet! I have encountered this variety of my childhood garden, in my sister's neighbourhood, and stop in my tracks each time, to breathe in their signature scent, which I have missed for many, many years.

    Purl is adorable. I'm glad that she is spending some time with you, in between residences; she is a lucky kitty!

    Thanks for making me smile!

    Happy weekend,


  9. So pleased you shared your peonies for us all to enjoy as well. Mine were here & gone in a week they had just opened and we had torrential rain so all the petals dropped. I would definitely had said the other plant was Phlox , So ive learned something today . You new resident will certainly love being with you, but I hope someone will offer to take her for ever, enjoy her while she stays.

  10. Gorgeous peonies! They are so precious indeed! Endless to say that we have no peonies at all in our area, it seems that they don't grow in temperate climates and need cooler ambiances. Purl looks like enjoying her home cosiness!
    Happy weekend!

  11. Your peonies are a gorgeous colour, mine are just finishing off and starting to drop their petals. Purl ia adorable .. must of been named by a knitter :)

  12. Purl is beautiful, and so are your peonies. I love the fragrance of peonies as well as their lovely blooms. Hope you have a great summer, Karen!

  13. Purl is so pretty! Hope she finds her forever home soon!

  14. So nice to see your post today Karen. I love the peony and dame's rocket photos. They are so pretty and I had no idea the difference with phlox. Purl is pretty and I hope she finds a new home soon. Enjoy the weekend. Pam

  15. I love your peonies too. They are gorgeous. I am glad they are blooming in your garden now. Mine are totally gone. I hope Purl finds a permanent home. She looks so sweet.

  16. Wonderful flower photos, Karen! I too would have thought those pretty flowers were Phlox. Thank you for telling how to distinguish between the two plants!
    Purl looks so cute. I hope she will find as lovely family as Cameo did.
    Happy Sunday!

  17. Karen, your peony is beautiful, They are a big fav of mine as well and today's job is to stake them. Pearl is beautiful. Good luck finding her the perfect home.

  18. A very pretty kitty . Hope she finds a forever home ! Have a good day !



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