While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Peonies, irises and more!

It’s sure pretty in the garden right now. Not much time to write; I’m going to try to get some more plants in the ground before it rains today. But here’s some eye candy that’s blooming right now. I have FOUR, count ‘em FOUR, beautiful yellow intersectional peonies (including Bartzella and Garden Treasure) blooming this year. Also called Itoh hybrids, these are a cross between a regular herbaceous peony and a tree peony, producing marvelous blooms and stunning foliage that looks great all year long. They’re expensive (often about $100) but worth the investment.

Wish I knew the name of the pale blue iris; it’s from Rainbow Iris Farm in southern Iowa. Love it. The golden one is ‘Private Treasure’. See how the difference in light changes the color of that golden iris? Yum!

Private Treasure and cultivar unknown blue iris

'Private Treasure' iris

'Bartzella'

'Sunrise Sunset' shrub rose

Clematis integrifolia with euphorbia

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