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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!

 

With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”

 

Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.

 

As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.

 

 

You will need:



Different shades of sand



Wood glue



Various sizes and shapes of bottles and vases


  1. Clean and allow your bottles to dry completely.
  2. Cover the bottles with a fine layer of wood glue.
  3. Roll the bottle in your sand and allow to dry completely.
  4. You may need to repeat the process a few times to get complete coverage.

TIP:

You can use old plastic bottles from detergent or food products to create interesting shaped decor.


Photography by Photos and Ideas by Dietlind Wolf

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