Tuesday, May 1, 2012


 GARDENING TIP: Get to know your seedlings – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Once you can identify them, you’ll know when to pull ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run. Well, maybe not “run,” just know when to move them if you want those plants to grow in other parts of your garden.

TREE PEONIES: Each spring, I look forward to the gorgeous flowers of this woody-stemmed plant. Although the blossoms last a brief time, especially if there's a hard down-pour, the fabulous crepe papery petals are worth the wait. Once the petals fall off, the plant still retains interest because of the beauty of the leaves and dark, peeling bark.


I've loved this plant for many years and never tire of painting it.




  1. Hello Barbara.
    Happy Saturday! I have missed coming here.
    I love all flowers and pink is one of my favorite colors...must be the romantic in me (smile). The peonies are simply beautiful, along with your reproduction. You have an amazing eye for the tiniest details. Great job!

    I'm currently hosting Blog Hop Saturday! You're welcome to link your blog OR a specific post OR your Fan Page (only 1 link is permitted at this time). Linky will remain open until 8:00pm EST. Hope you can join the fun!

  2. Beautiful flowers and pictures. Stopping by from Andy's Blog Hop Saturday.

  3. I'm not into gardening but I know how to appreciate a beautiful garden and I love nature. Is it normal? lol

    anyway, I came from Andy's blog hop Saturday. I hope you could visit my blog sometime

  4. Your post is very interesting and helpful specially for someone like me who always wanted to do gardening but just dont have any idea how to---thanks for sharing.

    Eigroj Stain from The Blog Hop Saturday

  5. This is so attractive post! tell me if you wanna follow each others blog! ;)

  6. Dear Barbara,
    Just stopping by to thank you for linking up to Blog Hop Saturday! The next hop will be on June 2nd. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  7. Hi Barbara. Just popping over from Andy's blog hop. I love your site and have followed you. I'll be back.


    Google for some reason put my twitter link on. It has my URL but I'll put it here to make it easy if you'd like to visit:


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