Invasion of Peonies from Mars and Gnomes!


Gnome in a young lilac. Family members are being quiet about how it got there.

It’s Easter Eve, Holy Saturday, one of the holiest days of the year.

Not everyone in the family is feeling good in this season of hope. For those who struggle with personal storms and darkness even as the weather turns nice and flowers bloom, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you enjoy many a more sunny spring.

Daffodil. In back garden by deck, next to steps going up to deck.

Anyway, in my immediate family, Holy Saturday has brought some strange garden apparitions.

Gnomes! Someone, probably someone I am either genetically closely related to (an offspring or offsprings of mine) or someone I am married to (who I can freely write about because she doesn’t read my blog) or some combination has been in cahoots.

Gnomes have started to sprout among the daffodils, tulips and pretty, unnamed other flowers blooming in my gardens.

It is a little creepy to suddenly find gnomes in your garden on a Saturday morning when you are pretty sure they were not there on a Friday. My wife claims that a combination of children were involved, and she may be right, or she may be covering her own tracks. Hard to say.

New peonies

"Chinese" peonies transplanted in fall. Note how much sooner in growth cycle buds appear compared to "normal" peonies. They look like the Audrey II plant from "Little Shop of Horrors." Peonies from Mars?

The other surprise is the odd growth of the “Chinese” peonies, which are shown. Unlike traditional peonies, which shoot up a few inches and then form a flower bud at the tip, these odd looking peonies form buds almost right away. Since they were transplanted last fall, I thought they might be shy about blooming this spring.

Not, apparently, from the number of buds shooting up.

Well, it looks like an interesting and surprising spring in the garden. The plum tree, which was sickly last spring, looks pretty robust. The lilacs are already budding.

Easter is here, amid a profusion of a sudden spring that followed a hard winter. I hope that analogy, the sudden and almost unexpected appearance of a beautiful new season, will be echoed in the lives of any who are struggling this spring.

God so loved the world that he sent his only son. Along with gnomes, peonies that appears to be from another planet, and assorted other flowers, let hope be the harvest of this spring.  Happy Easter!

Rose Gnome

This is the "new" rose that was transplanted from the farm last September. Not many roots, so it is good to see it coming back. The gnome? Who knows where it came from ...

Chinese Peonies in "new" garden by the wall

More "Audrey II" Peonies. I got about six clusters going. Audrey says they cost around $50 a plant, so, if she's right, it's $300 of peonies coming up. The smaller red tips are "regular" peonies, which are starting to show, but the peonies from Mars, besides an odd growth pattern, seem to be super early, too. This is the "wall" garden, irises and lillies showing behind the peonies.


Some early tulips already in bloom, shown here with the odd new peonies in another spot of the back garden by the deck. Some peach colored tulips are blooming elsewhere, and some crocuses are just starting to show. Yes, another gnome, too.

I've planed more of these yellow daffodils than any other kind. To me, they just look happy. Back garden under retaining wall, not far from new rose.


New crocus. Happy to see yellow, most of mine are blue, for some reason. Cate planted crocuses in her front yard, I like that idea and may try that this fall. This is side garden by the walkway--a shady spot, so new crocuses are a little slower.


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  1. Pat

    I have a number of small spring bulbs in my front lawn, snow crocus, glory-of-the-snow, and lots and lots of squill, both Siberian (deep sky blue) and striped (white with pale blue stripes. Over time they are spreading. My front yard becomes a sea of blue and pink, then the flowers are done and the foliage disappears into the grass.

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