Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Discovering the obvious about peonies

One strategic decision I made early on in life was not to learn everything I should have known. How wise I was, because an overabundance of knowledge would have deprived me of the pleasure of discovering things later on that should have been obvious from the get go. For instance, peonies in the garden--they're a clumsy lot, all top heavy with their blooms, not unlike our Pekin duck, which carries its cumbersome bulk with an exaggerated waddle.

Only last year I finally realized that peonies are not grown to stay in the garden, but are meant to be brought indoors, where their enlivening fragrance has a chance to permeate. The same cannot be said of a duck, by the way, unless I'm in for another belated discovery in years to come.

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