June 7, 2009

Peony.

It doesn't mean "like a peon." It means this:

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18 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Tres Belle.

rhhardin said...

Grass, sun somewhere above, poison ivy and friends below.

Bob_R said...

Here in VA the peonies have faded. We've had lots of rain and the flowers were so huge that the unsupported heads bent to the ground. An over lush year.

Big Mike said...

They are beautiful, aren't they.

Deb said...

Thank you for posting that. It really lifted my mood. I do not know why people are so cranky on Sundays at the li-berry, nor do I understand why they think "we close at 5 pm" is a suggestion, not an abslolute fact. Thank you.

rhhardin said...

Get your librarian tattoos here.

Click on detail images and then an image.

``Born to Read'' ``Librarians Rule'' ``Read or Die'' seem to be the set.

EKatz said...

What camera do you use? The photos are lovely.

PeteDrum said...

The peonies were always in full bloom on Memorial Day in central Indiana, and we had an abundance of them at our home. We miss them.

Maxine Weiss said...

You used to feel the intensity in the office,” said a longtime partner at a big New York litigation firm. “When people walked to the bathroom, they would actually scurry. Now it’s more of a stroll. "

(From what I've seen, they shimmy and sashay on over......it's really the highlight of a lawyer's day....spending time in the restrooms)

“For the first time in their lives, people feel sort of useless. All of a sudden, you can go to lunch for two and a half hours and really not be missed. It’s a blow to the ego. You’re talking about people who have never really failed.”

(Actually, anyone who goes to law school is already a big failure, having absolutely no other options)



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/nyregion/07law.html?pagewanted=3&em


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Lem said...

You know Max, you force me to talk to you here in front of everybody. You should open up you comments.

Take a chance.

Nasty, Brutish & Short said...

Love them. But what does it say when you have a plant with blossoms so heavy they need to be staked or caged?

Deb said...
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Treacle said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely flower with all of us!

Bissage said...

Dearest Madam,

Thank you so very much for posting that delightful photograph of a fine specimen of a superb peony.

Very Truly Yours,

Monsieur Jules Elie

Modern Otter said...

So which is it? PEE-uh-neeze (as I learned growing up in WI) or pee-O-neeze (as I've lately heard in VA)?

Issob Morocco said...

While possessing a beautiful bloom, the Peony itself is a sloppy, droopy flower. When the bloom is in full stride, the stems are unable to support them and they fall over, providing to ants and other insects a technicolor faux sun.

From afar they look like the bridesmaid who drank a bit too much bourbon out of the bottle and now is folded over seeking relief.

Lem said...

That pic of the first lady over at Drudge this morning is what we call in Spanish ‘un corte de ojo’.

Harsh Pencil said...

Professor Althouse,

How old is that Peony? Do you know? They can be very old. I had some peonies in a house of mine that were over 70 years old.