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Mary Ann King, a Master Gardener in Yankton, writes about one of her favorite perennials, peonies. She has grown them many years and has tips for their maintenance.
She shares her story and a poem below:
Thanks to Mary Ann King of Yankton for sharing her joy of gardening with her poem about one of her favorite flowers.
Peony Most Faithful
By Mary Ann King
Quietly they sleep
resting patient and comfy
under blankets of white snow
waiting for spring’s radiance
to warm their bed
nudging them to blooming wakefulness.
Now the growing begins;
each “eye” opening one by one.
Pushing through the compost,
facing the sky,
shy and bashful at first,
this chorus line of stems and buds
burst confidently into faces colored
pink, white, yellow, red, peach and purple.
Each one most fancy,
delighting the ants with sweet nectar.
My ever-faithful friends
will remain true to my garden
long after my life finds its end.