We are racing through Cathy’s annual Week of Flowers share and I love the floral glory that I am seeing through her posts and links. It’s also been rather enjoyable scrolling through (rather a lot of) photos on the computer to make my selections. Themes have been harder to choose though and I’ve not fixed on any process. Today I am going with herbaceous peonies, because I love them and their season is so brief. It merits a replay I think!
So, here we have Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’, which seems like a classic place to start:
The rest are cute, but un-named, since they were purchased as a mixed, end-of-season bag. They are a frilly, delicate, ephemeral reminder of a beautiful moment in time.
It’s really turning wintery here now (-5°C predicted by mid week, followed by snow), so I am busy in the garden, buttoning down the hatches and insulating the potting shed. I look forward to seeing today’s selections …
If you want to join in, it is as simple as posting a floral photo and linking to Cathy’s blog.
Have a great flowery Sunday!
I have never seen a peony I didn’t immediately fall in love with! Bowl of Beauty is one I had in my old garden. I like the last one with its simple open flowers and abundance of them too. Gorgeous!
🙂 I am thinking of branching into a few shrub peonies, if only I could think where to shoehorn them into the garden. The single open flowers are my favs too!
Oh, I’m sure you’ll find a spot for one or two. 😉 That is the art of being a gardener… optimizing available space! LOL!
I grew up surrounded by ‘standard’ peonies: always pink, and filled with ruffly petals. I still remember my grandmother pronouncing their name ‘PINE-ees,’ and I remember the beauty of the cemeteries where they were the preferred shrub for graves. They must have been replanted every year, since Iowa had months of snow and cold, but people were more committed to grave-tending in those days, and probably started them again every spring. In any event, they’re an indelible memory.
Shore Acres: Peonies die back to the ground in winter and regrow every spring. They will easily live 50 years or more. People planted them in cemeteries for that reason. The are a plant ’em once and done treasure. I’m posting from southern Wisconsin where I’ve had Peonies for years.
Well, that explains why I don’t remember them being replanted! Thanks for helping me sort out that part of the past.
Thanks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them planted in cemeteries here in the UK. You do find them in abandoned gardens though. Yes, tough and beautiful!
I love flowers that leave such strong associations. They are especially vivid with scents of course. Your cemeteries must have looked a picture.
Peonies are so lush, absolutely glorious.
I completely agree!
Absolutely amazing, they are one of my favourites too!
Love them all.
Yes, I am with you and Cathy!
Once you see your first Peony, you’re done for!
I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 !
I do like Peonies. I am trying to imagine how the Bowl Of Beauty can produce the different petal styles.
Yes, the person who wrote the code was a genius! Flowers are amazing.
Oh, gorgeous– one of my favorite flowers, I adore peonies! 💜