After the #Challenge I’m Catching Up in the Garden



“The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.”
Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93)

Two years at the end of this month, May, we moved to the ‘Cottage for Two’ and began a new garden. One of the things I  brought with me were some peonies. At that time I wrote a post I hope you have time to read. Here is the link:

I spent a few minutes photographing the peonies this afternoon on a perfect North Carolina spring day. The lead photo is why I named this post what I have….thank goodness. Have a glass of sweet tea, let me show you a section of today’s garden that I hope adds to the curb appeal.

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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6 Responses to After the #Challenge I’m Catching Up in the Garden

  1. What are the purple flowers in the last photo? Your spring is ahead of ours. Sue

  2. pbmgarden says:

    So glad you brought along your peonies. Lovely, lovely. (I grew up drinking lots of sweet tea!)

  3. Linda Harper Meyer says:

    Absolutely breathtaking. We are at Stepheny’s, and she loves flowers as much
    as you do. We are going to the Farmers Market when it opens to get flowers. You
    certainly have the gift of writing and gardening.

  4. noelleg44 says:

    We have a couple of peonies but they haven’t bloomed yet – maybe not enough sun? My peonies in Evanston were spectacular – everything seemed to grow better there, including my November cabbages.

  5. Nadine says:

    What lovely flowers! And a great way to recover from the challenge, too!

  6. johnvic8 says:

    I’m glad you are back in your garden. I am looking forward to seeing more reports in the future.

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