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Crestwood DC: Eleanor's Peonies

Crestwood DC:  Eleanor's Peonies

For many years, there was a house on my block inhabited by a sweet elderly lady.  Her husband had willed the place to his children from a previous marriage, and these mean stepchildren wanted her to move out.  But she showed them!  She lived well into her 90's.

Up until the end, she was an avid gardener.  By the time she died and the house was put on the market, her back yard was overgrown in peonies.  The young couple who bought the place decided to pull them out and plant grass.  And instead of tossisng them out, they gave them away to the neighbors.  So this is Eleanor's peony that has finally started to bloom in my front yard.  In fact, we are starting to see them all up and down the block.  And they smell just amazing.

And geeze!  What a cool legacy!

Just one of the things I love about living on my block in Crestwood!

Comment balloon 18 commentsPatricia Kennedy • May 07 2011 10:08AM



My wife grows peonies and they are very pretty flowers. It is neat that the woman's plants are living on.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago


I LOVE peonies. We had a yard full of them when we live in Bolton, outside Boston. Sadly, we don't see them in our area. What a very cool legacy. And such beauty for the neighborhood.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Pat ~ Eleanor is probably smiling down on all you for replanting her beloved Peonies! I think it was a wonderful gift for the new owners to give you all the flowers instead of just throwing them away. Congratulations on your first Eleanor Peony of the season.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Pat, What  a beautiful legacy indeed.  I absolutely love Peony's They are one of my most favorite flowers.  They remind me of my Dad and childhood.  Every year, Dad would nurture the Peony's and the iris to bloom for Memorial Day.  We'd make a family day of cutting the flowers, making bouquets, and taking them to family member's grave sites; an act of love, remembrance and tradition.

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) over 9 years ago

Pat, i too love peonies but find them hard to grow by the salt water..but i cherish the few i have & mine are just starting to form nice that they shared them with all...what a pleasure.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Pat,  That was such a cool thing for the new owners to do.  I love Peonies, but don't they attract ants?  I don't have any in my yard but I see them in others and they always look so pretty.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 9 years ago

Pat- I love the story and the photo.  I remember the first time I saw a Peony (I don't think we had them in Houston).  It was the most intriguing flower I'd seen.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Patricia...good for her....Beautiful photo!
Hope you have a great day!!---Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 9 years ago

Pat...its always those damn mean step That is a beautiful picture...looks like she grew amazing roses.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 9 years ago

I'll be watching for more of your spring flower pictures. Have an outstanding weekend.

 Blooming for Mothers this weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 9 years ago

Pat:  Peonies are the perfect flower...beautiful, fragrant, and long-lasting.  Had them in our yard in a Northern Virginia home when I was a teenager.  Thanks for conjuring up the memories!

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) over 9 years ago

What a great thing those new home owners did. Not only did they keep those beautiful peony plants in the neighborhood, they helped to preserve Eleanor's legacy.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 9 years ago

What a wonderful neighborhood thing to do, and a great tribute to Eleanor. 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 9 years ago


That is so cool!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 9 years ago

How wonderful that her legacy and memory can live on through her flowers.  And you are right they do smell good, Yes I have the new smellavision computer.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

I love peonies but it will be awhile til they are in bloom here.  Probably July.  We are just into tulip season.  We don't have any grass yet at our new house so I have a wide open space to make a landscaping plan.  Maybe I can get someone to share their perennials too.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

What a sweet thing for them to do. I'm sure Eleanor must be smiling down on her community from heaven!

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 9 years ago

Pat - these are my favorite flower in the entire world! My mother-in-law grew them in her garden in Germany and gave me a peony plant for my own garden. Unfortunately, they don't do well here in Florida's heat!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago