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I hope that Katie Couric will get to spend some long, languorous days on the porch of her Hampton’s home before her new talk show begins in 2012.

katie couric's front porch

Photo: Keith Scott Morton

Couric’s home, whose exterior was redesigned by her landscape architect sister, Clara Couric-Batchelor, is showcased in this month’s Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. I love the simple touch of white daisies  in a basket on the table. Almost retro in their appeal, they convey a welcoming charm.

I’ve been in love with peonies this season. How about you? What are your favorite summer flowers?

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10 Responses

  1. Hilary Johnson says:

    This is seriously Katie Couric's home? It's incredible. I love the vines wrapping around the pristine white columns.

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  3. Lili@HGTV says:

    It's her summer home, yep! Just gorgeous, isn't it?

  4. Victoria Wells says:

    Looking forward to watching Dina Manzos new show as she's very talented. I wish her the best!

  5. GINNY says:

    I AM ALWAYS IN LOVE WITH PEONIES. HOWEVER WE CAN NOT GROW THEM IN SOUTHERN CALIF.
    I HAVE EVEN TRIED PUTTING CRUSHED ICE ON EVERYDAY DOING THE WINTER AND I STILL DIDN'T GET ANY FLOWERS.

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Ginny, I know what it is to want to grow something and not be able to. I can't seem to grow sweet peas! Peonies must not be planted too deep, less than an inch. If you plant them to deep they will not bloom. Our ancestors in their covered wagons, to lighten the load, planted them along the trail and they are still blooming today. Even if the tops are out of the ground will be better than too deep. I do know that they need cold in the winter and I don't know how cold it gets where you are. If I really really wanted to get one to bloom, maybe pot it up and put it in the freezer? No better not try that.

      I sometimes take blooms of peonies when they are about to open and roll them up with the stems in a damp dish towell, (like some do lettuce), put them in the back of my refrigerator, lightly wraped in plastic, and they keep for some time. When you want to have them for something special take them out and arrange a couple days ahead. Like all vegetables, if left to long some will spoil.

  6. proudarkychristian says:

    I am no expert, but have grown peonies in Arkansas. They seem to take a long time after planting to
    bloom, and transplanting them took me 3 or 4 years to get them going again. I tend to think timing may
    be a problem — Patience?? Seems anything grows in Calif. Research them on websites — Contact your local Agricultural Extension Service. I am a Master Gardener, we don't have to "know" all the answers but we MUST know where to find them! Hope this is helpful.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    We have a new home in the mountains of N C..about 3500 feet up….
    A lot of cold in winter….
    I need to move an established peony about 6 feet further back from where it is now….
    When should I move it and should I cut it back before I move it?
    Thanks in advance for your reply…
    Elizabeth

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