Pictured above are two of the plants budding in our King City garden right now. On the left is a climbing hydrangea and on the right is a peony. I don't think this is a good thing, but won't probably know for sure until next spring. The times we live in are interesting, if not a bit disconcerting. I can't help but wonder if my great grandchildren, when they are my age, will be putting bouquets of peonies on their Christmas dinner table, or maybe Saturday's global warming accord in France will make my fantasy speculations moot. (Photos by Barry Wallace)
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