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Eleanor's Peonies: What a Legacy!

Eleanor was an adorable little old lady who used to live on the corner of Webster and 17th Street, and at some point her entire back yard was overrun with peonies.  There where white ones and pink ones and they were really beautiful and healthy. 

After she died about ten years ago, the a cute young couple with a new baby bought her house from the estate.  With a baby, they wanted to reclaim the back yard as a play area, which meant they needed to lose the peonies. 

Rather than digging them up and tossing them, the young new owners carefully removed each plant and gave them to the neighbors.  So now, when you walk down Webster Street in Cresstwood, Eleanor's peonies are all up and down the street. 

She was a neat lady who loved her garden, and she had a special bond with all of the neighborhood dogs.  She spent hours with her peonies and her rose bushes, and Eleanor always had dog biscuits in her pocket.  So the dog walkers had to stop and talk to her - usually for a lot longer than they wanted to! 


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Comment balloon 12 commentsPatricia Kennedy • May 26 2013 08:31PM


What a lovely gesture by this couple.  Eleanor will forever be rememberd.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago

How very thoughtful of that family and a neat story to keep alive for years to come. Her family would be so honored. 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago


That is one of the coolest stories I've ever heard on ActiveRain.

Kudos to that young couple for recognizing they were buying a piece of history on that street and for sharing the memory of that special neighbor with everyone else on the block.

That is a true neighborhood.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 7 years ago

Very cool that the new owner shared Eleanor's peonies with the neighbors.....a part of her will always remain.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photograph. Our peonies are beautiful in Maryland.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Pat-That is truly a wonderful thing that couple did. I bet Eleanor is smiling down from heaven.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Patricia, thank you for sharing a very beautiful story.  It's a snapshot of America.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 7 years ago

what a wonderful story! This is my favorite time of the year - we walk up at Landon and their peonies are just gorgeous - pink and deep pink and white and pale pink and white mixed - gorgeous! It requires great self control to not take shears up to the school and help the school trim the bushes! LOL 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 7 years ago

Pat, what a nice story about Eleanor and her peonies.  She sounds like the type of neighbor I would like to have.  It was so nice of that young couple to share Eleanor's legacy with her friends in the neighborhood.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) over 7 years ago

Peonies are such a wonderful flower. I broght some in to photograph and they perfumed the house. Fine post about the relationship of your neighbor and her flowers.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Hi Patricia,

This is such a lovely story and I am sure the legacy of Eleanor's Peonies will live on for many years to come. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago
Hello Patricia, what a wonderful gesture on part of the young couple. I have a few peony bushes from my mother's yard. Today the first flower of season opened. Have a good weekend.
Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 7 years ago