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Our peony adventure

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I’ve been wanting to take husband’s Aunt to the peony gardens in Ann Arbor for years.  It’s the kind of place I knew she’d enjoy.  And I knew I’d enjoy sharing it with her too.

Each year it just didn’t happen.  Stuff got in the way and I usually forgot until my own peony plants were  in bloom, and by then down in Ann Arbor the show was past it’s prime or over completely.  This weekend everything came together,  and husband and I, along with husband’s aunt and uncle, drove down to see what we might find.  It was kind of spur of the moment and I wasn’t sure if we had timed it right.

It was PERFECT!

Husband’s aunt is 94 and has been through quite a spell of ill health in the past couple of months.   That made me realize that we don’t have infinite time with her, and reminded me of how much I wanted her to enjoy herself out in this beautiful pink and white garden.  Pink is her color, so this trip was extra special.

Once we arrived we found a bench in the shade and let her sit there, while the rest of us went off to explore.

Here are some of my favorites.

Aunt V. said that everyone that walked by stopped and exclaimed over a dark red peony near her.  It was breathtaking, and so unusual.


So much to see, such a beautiful place.  You just can’t help but smile.

Even now, just thinking about it I’m smiling, and I’m sure Aunt V is smiling too!

So…if you live near Ann Arbor, and you haven’t been to the peony garden over by the UM hospital…go there now!

We had a wonderful time.  Family and flowers – just perfect for a Memorial Day adventure!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

9 thoughts on “Our peony adventure

  1. Oh, I LOVE peonies. Mine are blooming right now, but I don’t have a whole garden like that! How stunning!

    What a great outing.

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  2. Tell Aunt V that I think she picked the perfect outfit to wear! It really complements all the range of pink in the garden.

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  3. What a beautiful place and looks like a wonderful day. Diana

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  4. Peony heaven! And your beautiful aunt! They matched… I remember when our son worked at the U of M hospital. How I loved visiting him there in Ann Arbor. Sigh. Glad he’s in San Diego now but it was special to be there with him.

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  5. The peonies are just gorgeous! How awesome that you took Aunt V there – what a beautiful day!

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  6. Beautiful! My favorite flowers are peonies and lilacs. Both are budding out here now, but no blooms yet. I now have 15 peony bushes, 4 of which were planted last year, so I’m hoping they bloom this year.

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  7. Gorgeous! I love it when you go places. Between your photos and your words, I get to feel like I am right along with you. What a wonderful day it looks like you all must have had!

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  8. Aunt V looks great – Ican’t believe she’s 94! I definitely want to check out that garden now – gorgeous!

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  9. Wendy – go soon, they won’t last long! Do you know where it is? Over by the arb…between the new women’s hospital wing at UM hospital and the arb…

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