A New Baby

I bought a new plant, new in the sense that I have never grown it before. I planted it with special care and watched it grow, being careful to water and weed and mulch. I spoke to it regularly and lovingly. I grew excited when buds appeared and began to swell. Yesterday I saw the first hint of color as the buds were about to burst.

This morning I went out to look at my new baby, and there she was…and she was beautiful. I saw my ‘Keiko’ Itoh peony blossoms for the first time. For certain it wasn’t the same as the first time I saw the beautiful faces of my newly born daughters, but it reminded me of those happy days. Welcoming a new plant into the garden involves much of the same emotions…dreams, planning, expectation, anticipation, and real joy when the little blossoms burst forth.


Itoh peony ‘Keiko’


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to A New Baby

  1. pbmgarden says:



  2. What a beautiful sight. I send greeting to this peony in the wonderful gardening world of John Viccellio.


  3. The Peony is lovely. It reminds me of the old-fashioned peonies my grandmother had.


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