Sweet Sweet Peonies

I got home yesterday afternoon to see the delivery of Sweet Peet had happened, Pedro and his team busy at weeding, planting, laying the peet, and grooming beds. My gardener, Hallie Wolfe, quoted me $480 for this peet and I think she said it was around $52/yard, delivered. Anyone else near me buy any cheaper? I know Bedford Gravel sells it for $54/yard then adds $50 for delivery. I hate to say this, but with Hallie, her work and crew are so exceptional, her prices always fair, the quality of plants she provides is extraordinary, her eye for design is amazing, that when she quotes me a price, I don’t quibble. She’s worth her weight in gold.



I’ll take more photos at the end of today of the pool garden, but this from late yesterday, with new roses in to replace the few that died over the winter, and half of the beds weeded and mulched. It’s so serene and beautiful, it makes me want to spend the whole day down there.

The peonies took a huge hit in what torrential rains came to Bedford in our absence. Many of them ripped of their delicate petals and fallen over to ruin. Some have yet to bud, thankfully, and some survived.

6 thoughts on “Sweet Sweet Peonies

  1. peonies are definitely the most beautiful of god’s work – you are lucky to have so many. do you cut them and bring them inside? i like the gallery of photos too.

    why sweet peet versus regular mulch?

    1. More often than not, I keep them on the stems in the garden. If I’m entertaining, I bring some in, or, had I been home last week before the rain, I would have snipped them to avoid the petal mayhem.

      Sweet peet is proven to curtail weeds far more than regular mulch. It’s worth the money if you have as many beds to weed as I do.

      I like the gallery too and think I might opt for that more often. Thanks.

  2. I had reason to analyse the rainfall intensity from Sunday and Monday. The National Geodetic Survey has installed a new 7-sensor tide/weather station at Grass Island in Greenwich Harbor. The link is: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ct/nwis/uv?site_no=012112296

    The station uploads data every 6 minutes, and provides custom graphs and data sets for wind, tide, temp, rain and all the rest.

    We had several six minute periods with over half and inch of rain, for a two day total of 4 inches. This is an hourly rate of 5 to 6 inches per hour, which is a garden crusher and gully washer, as they say in the trade.

    According to the revised climate/ extreme precip data from Cornell, this intensity happens only at ten-year expected frequency. Link: http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/

    So take heart – or take cover.

    1. So interesting. I saw other signs of gully washer damage in the yard, stones washed away and some limbs down. I’ve always meant to put up a rain gauge but haven’t. But with your input, knowledge and links, it’s like having a free rain gauge!! Thanks.

  3. My favorite shot is the view down towards the old pool/new garden.
    Avec peep + wheelbarrow!
    Amazing that it all happened so quickly. Perhaps 2 years?
    It will be interesting to see how it grows?
    Quite a good post.

    1. There are two men down there. Look bottom left. They came at 7am. Stayed until 5pm. Then again today at 7am until 12:30. I felt like a total schlub. There isn’t a day I’m not thrilled thrilled thrilled to have deep-sixed the pool. It was ugly and a money pit.
      The garden will exponentially explode as the Rose of Sharon grows. They are the anchors of the space.

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