Daddy's Christmas Angel

Monday, May 20, 2013

What Makes You Happy?

"Peony" -photograph ©Mary Montague Sikes
Yesterday, when I looked out our kitchen window, I saw two peonies in full bloom nearby in our yard. I was happy because these lavender peonies have not done well and almost never bloomed in all the years since we first planted them.

The peonies actually came from my parents' garden behind the house they built in a field of peonies. An abundance of plants in many colors flourished there, but not here.

Seeing these flowers actually blooming is like a sign of good fortune to me. Of course, we've had lots of rain this year which has helped the plants thrive. I wonder why seeing a peony blooming at last can raise spirits and create a feeling of happiness. Whatever the reason, I am glad.

What makes you happy?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a sign of a fresh beginning!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

That's what I like to believe, Alex. Thanks for commenting!

Tina said...

Hmm...I wrote about happy today, too ;-) I'm glad that a part of your parents garden is now thriving in your yard. That's special!
Tina @ Life is Good

cic said...

Love when there's cherry blossom on the trees. Makes me want to waltz for some reason :-)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Tina, I saw that today. I took my photo and planned my blog yesterday. Sadly, the flowers looks a bit overcome by all the rain today!

Love the cherry blossoms, Cic! Thanks for visiting.

Cherie Reich said...

What a beautiful flower!

My irises I planted when I was in sixth grade are blooming and that makes me happy. :)

Chuck said...

I wish I could look out ANY window and see some colorful flowers. The field of wildflowers next door has been brush-hogged into oblivion. Closest thing I have now is the Arboretum a couple miles down the road!

Sharon Himsl said...

I love peonies. They take awhile to establish but are so reliable one those roots go down. Another 'happy spring' moment is waking up to birds singing. I never grow tired of that!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty .. they bring back memories of my mother's smile as I brought in pluffy ice-pink peonies for her room .. she loved them.

How lucky you are to be able to see those lovely flowers, and to have a house in a field of peonies - must have been amazing - lucky parents.

Cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Cherie, wonderful you planted those iris! I love that particular flower and have created a few paintings of them. Never painted a peony though!

Chuck, you must be out in the countryside which has lots of benefits!

Sharon, that must be what happened to our peonies. It sure has taken a while for the roots to get down, but our soil is clay!

Hilary, wonderful that you brought them to your mother. Peonies are so showy! Mother loved to grow flowers and had gorgeous roses as well!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Things that make me happy -- the goldfinch that visited my bird feeder today,enjoying the first baby lettuce and spinach salad from my own garden, and so much more. I love that those special peonies bloomed for you.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monty,

I LOVE peonies and spring flowers. They ALWAYS make me happy....

Yours are STUNNING!