The Breathtaking Peony: Number 5 in a Garden Photo Series
Nothing Looks like Peonies.
Nothing smells like peonies.
They are quite incomparable.
Encountering a peony bush in bloom brings to mind one song, “Unforgettable.” Their pure fragrance and intricate beauty make me want to write poetry.
The blooms remind me of a loving grandmother’s eyes when she smiles, of holding a newborn baby girl, or watching kittens when they’ve first learned to walk.
Like white clouds against a blue sky, peony flowers are crisp, yet soft, ethereal, but still substantial. Clearly, peonies did not come from nothing, but from a Creative Mind that loves and gives good gifts.
Peonies in the Rain--Enjoy!
Peonies–a Charming Plant in Every Way
Mysteriously, up through the mulch peony stems begin to grow tall in early spring. As the days warm I gently pull the mulch away from the delicate young stalks and weed until the foliage is thick enough to prevent unwanted visitors from taking root at their home base.
As the bushes fill out, buds begin to form. Large buds develop quickly and demand extra water. I have to keep an eye out if I want pictures of flowers as they develop for it seems the blooms waste no time opening up.
Different types of peonies have lovely variety to them. Colors may be solid or variegated, heads may be like a ruffled ball or more saucer shaped. Their foliage a delightful addition to summer gardens with substantial leaves on medium height bushes.
With names like Coral Charm and James' Pillow peonies make splendid dried flowers for arrangements and wreaths. It’s possible to buy them ready made or to dry fresh peonies and make your own.
There are a couple of easy methods, but they all have one important factor. Begin the process by cutting the bud or flower at the right time. If the flower is too mature, the drying process will not go well.
Learn When and How to Divide Peonies
Grow Your Own Peonies!
Growing your own peonies to choose flowers from is not at all difficult as this flower is almost carefree. They generally grow between zones 2 and 8, and are quite hardy. They do not have many pests, and if not kept too wet they are normally disease free.
A lot of information is available to any one wanting to plan a peony garden. Do the reading this summer and plan to plant this coming fall so you can have an Easter bouquet of lilies mixed with peonies next year.
Growing up in Florida I had never seen peonies on the bush. “I’m sorry,” is all I can say to my Florida friends when peonies bloom here, “it’s a pity you can’t grow these there.” Cut peonies are exquisite, and a bouquet from the florist for a breakfast nook table is a wonderful thing. Sipping morning coffee, munching apricot muffins, watching the morning sun dance off the water, while having a nice chat with large heads of peonies is a delightful way to start the day.
But, oh baby! On the bush, nodding in the spring air, filling heart and mind with that heavy aroma while birds sing and the cat purrs, busy bees coming and going, the mailman hailing a “Good morning” and neighbors stopping to admire this second flush of spring--it’s a gardening experience to envy. To be outside with these flowers warming up in the sunshine stretching their petals like butterfly wings after a chchchchilly winter, oh me, oh my, oh, it’s indescribable.
One day, a dream fulfilled would be to visit Paris when peonies are in bloom. Can you imagine the sight? Exquisite beauty can be an odd thing, you know, momentarily mixing emotions up in one’s head until it is impossible to make sense of what we know is true.
The fragrance wafting in the air would be overwhelming, adding to the confusion until a person would have to give in to the compelling joy of the heady aroma and, like a child, simply enjoy the experience.
It could be almost heartbreaking to see the bunches of blooms stacked on every counter, and if you are wondering whether what I say could be true, take a peek at the link marked Peonies In Paris just above the comments section below, along with a link to a fairly comprehensive study of peonies.
My pictures of this year’s peonies did not turn out as well as the photos of my other flowers for this series, but in this gardening photo series I’ve mentioned that I am learning. Please be patient and I will try again next year. In the meantime, I’ll go ahead and share these with you. Maybe by next year I’ll have enlarged my peony garden and will be able to share more varieties with you.
If you do not have your own flower garden, stop in at your local florist’s shop and pick up a few peonies for a vase to put by your computer table. Inspiring and unforgettable, getting either one peony or a bunch will be treating yourself to a beautiful experience and you deserve it!
Blooming Peonies Time Lapse Video
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