Grandma's Peonies and Aunt Esther's Roses
Dawn (whiteorchid) posted a picture of an old fashioned rose at her house. I thought it looked just like the one I have here in Michigan, it's older than I am. What do you think, is it the same?
I've never known it as anything except "Aunt Esther's Rose", it grows like a tree, clear up over the top of the woodshed.
Here is that rose's "sister", just as fragrant, just as big, just a bit lighter in color:
It also looks like San and I have "twin" peonies, very nearly, the ones at the farm bloomed last week and are nearly done now. They are very large, about 4 inches across and have a wonderful smell.
The first two are similar, but one is actually quite a bit lighter in color than the other. The last one is my favorite, white tinged with pink. As the flower opens, the pink gets less and less noticeable until it's totally white when fully opened.
These are all at the farm, I have a peony here in town that's grown for 20 years but it hasn't bloomed yet.