I’m not sure if it is, but this looks like a Cherokee Rose, the state flower of Georgia, Rosa laevigata. In any event, it’s a lovely capture from herbanlife.
Shade gardening - forget the flowers…just use Begonias for their foliage. They are available in an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and growth habits. Use them as bedding plants or accents in container gardens.
The Lady of the Rains (1886), woodcut by Arthur Burgess, issue of The Century Guild Hobby Horse.
The Haunted Garden by HoiYan.
The Four Phases of Luna, container garden, featuring oxalis, wire grass, and eucalyptus…and a steady diet of organic compost tea from Authentic Haven Brand.
Published in 1484, Herbarius of Arnoldus de Villanova, this is the first known printed picture of a Peony.
Reprinted in The Book of the Peony (1917), by Mrs. Edward Harding.
Succulents in a repurposed Pomerol Bordeaux wine box from Château Le Bon Pasteur. Such a lovely wooden crate should be put to work after the wine is gone.
Paeonia suffruticosa (tree peony) is native to China, where it is known as Mudan.
In front of the Audience Hall of Mu Tsung Huang Ti … there were planted thousand-petalled tree-peonies. When the flowers first opened the fragrance of their perfume was perceived by everyone. Each blossom had a thousand petals, large and deeply red. Every time His Majesty gazed upon the sweet-scented luxuriance he would sigh and say, ‘Surely such a flower has never before existed among men!’ (Ninth-Century Chinese Writer)
Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6: Biology and Biological Technology, Part 1, Botany, by Joseph Needham (Cambridge University Press 1986).
The tree peony is not actually a “tree” but more of a woody-shrub preferring some shade from harsh afternoon noon. The woody stalks produce the next season’s flowers and should be left in tact throughout the winter (unlike herbaceous peonies which die to the ground each season). They are very slow to establish, but well worth the wait. Huge blooms appear in mid-spring (before herbaceous peonies) and the flowers are surrounded by lovely fern-like foliage with a reddish tinge.
Every American needs to know about this American hero, Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the Boston marathon bombing. He looked into the eyes of the bomber who set the bomb down in front of him, two minutes before it exploded. While he was in the hospital in critical care, he was able to provide police with information and a description which helped them narrow their search, enabling them to more quickly identify the suspects.
Bauman has employer-sponsored heath insurance with Costco, but it will only pay a fraction of Bauman’s expenses due to the massively high cost of his medical bills, and a pair of prosthetic legs.
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Frida chair by La Tapicera in Spain