But I wanted to throw a Peony Party like Martha Stewart does. Every Spring she celebrates the beautiful blooms bursting forth in her peony patch (which is massive, by the way) by inviting her friends over to enjoy the show--and the aroma. The party is an annual event, as is the peony blossoming. And if you've ever seen a peony blossom, you (and I and Martha) know that it definitely merits a celebration.
Martha knows what she's doing. That's why she's Martha Stewart. And I'm obviously not...but that's okay. So since you didn't get to attend the Peony Party that I didn't throw, I'd like to show you what you missed...
Thanks. Now we can continue...
Peony blossoms are heavy, by the way. The stems aren't quite strong enough to hold the fully open bloom up, so the slightest weight on them--like raindrops or even a light breeze--will cause them to bend toward the earth. But mine stayed upright pretty well this year because I managed to stake most of them before they bloomed. Plant hoops are great for that. You just wait for the peony shoots to start peeking out of the earth in early Spring, and then stick the hoop legs into the ground surrounding the plant. As the peony grows, it fills in the circular grid on the hoop, and leans against it when the weather gets rough.
Hmm. We all could use something like that, couldn't we? I think there's a metaphor there somewhere just waiting to be discovered.
Well, had you shown up at my party that I didn't have, you could have sniffed them yourself. So the blame's on you. Ha.
It's OK, I forgive you. How about I show you a few more sights you missed? Here goes...
What? That's not what Christmas is about?! Oh boy. No wonder it hasn't bloomed for him yet.
A-hem. Excuse me, I needed to clear my throat.
And next year you'd better be sure to show up. But first, could somebody please remind me to actually throw the party to begin with? It'll be fun once it finally happens, I just know it!