Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Centennial Peony, Jamestown, NC

The image of this peony blooming in my backyard has quite a family history. It was brought to Salina, Kansas by my wife’s great grandparents at the turn of the twentieth century. When Karen’s grandmother died in her 90’s, we left the funeral services and stopped by her aging house to remove a small clump of the peonies. We then transplanted them to three different homes in the Kansas City area. When we transferred to North Carolina, I dug a small clump and moved it in the back seat of our car. This priceless family heirloom that’s over one hundred years old continues to unfailingly bloom every Memorial weekend as a beautiful reminder of souls gone before us.

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