Friday, May 27, 2016

Piney Time in Indiany

We know with almost 100% certainty that the pineys will bloom for Memorial Day.  Trust me, I never heard these beauties called "pineys" until I moved to Indiana.  And yes, I know how to spell "peonies."  And I fancy that I know how to pronounce it, too.  But you know what they say about behavior while in Rome.



The dianthus (dianthuses? dianthi?)* welcome you at the rear entrance

*According to both Word Hippo and The Oxford Dictionary, the correct plural form is "dianthuses."

8 comments:

Grace said...

My mother had peonies in the yard, she was very fond of them, I have to admit I've never seen the attraction. But then I *hate* hydrangeas (aka snowballs) - something I am reluctant to say out loud because many folks get all het up when I do...sheesh, they're just flowers folks, chill. So please don't get on my case because I don't like peonies...

Secondary Roads said...

If you do it like those smaller flowers, are you doing it dianthusly?

Our peonies are just a couple of days from buds opening. Why do we always see ants on peonies?

Grace said...

My mother always said that the ants help the peonies to open - and I googled and that's true. Some but not all peonies exude a nectar that the ants like...

KC Bob said...

Reminds me of my flowers when I lived in Kansas.

vanilla said...

Grace, I would never judge anyone for her preferences in flowers. For years I have referred to peonies as "ant plants." Never thought to study them, though; just knew that ants were attracted to them.

Chuck, dianthusly. Yes, I am sure that is it.

KCBob, my sister lives in Olathe and unhappily cannot have flowers in her yard. The joys of modern living in modern "communities."

Vee said...

Your yard has many beautiful flowers. I like all of the varieties.

Vee said...

In our condo community we can have flowers in pots but can't plant them in the ground. The association has planted a few bushes and some of them have blooms. Trust me, it would be a much prettier community if they would allow owners to spruce up the property around their units.

vanilla said...

Vee, I had a next-door neighbor when I lived on Green Street who did all his gardening in pots-- even the veggies. Called us "dirt farmers."