Monday, May 17, 2010

Centennial Peonies



This has to be one of my top three fleurs--along with the previously noted hydrangea, and my ultimate: Stargazer lillies.

I have numerous bushes, but the most prized is this one...


Over 100 years old...in my family...transplanted from Connecticut three times...

There is something most poetic about the peony. Unlike the rose, its blooming season is so short. Its scent is superior, I believe, and it appears more delicate and multi-faceted in the glory of its petals. More translucent, somehow. And of course, the absence of thorns reveals the engagingly positive nature of the peony: no downside, just upside. The rose, with its potential for drawing blood, is the bipolar bloomer by comparison.

This particular color is just ravishing. I have often clipped one in full bloom and added it to a straw hat for extra punch. The pink is just perfection--not too-too.

An arrangement of peonies says so much about the person...all of which is probably just a mite too exclusive for democracy.
A peony-lover is a fellow appreciator of all that is rare and lovely and all-too-fleeting.

Enjoying them while they last,
ABL

7 comments:

PoshMomma said...

This is a gorgeous post. You are a poetic writer! Love this scent. Someone needs to create a perfume that captures it.

pve design said...

One of my favorite flowers. Did you happen to see Ancathus and Acorn's blog, she posted on how to cut and all good things on "peonies."
Enjoy every day and each bloom!
pve

Trish said...

What a lovely story about your gorgeous 100 year old peony bush! Amazing that it has survived three transplants and is thriving so well! It must make you so happy to enjoy those beautiful blossoms that have so much meaning to you. :)

Summer is a Verb said...

100 years old!!! Wowza...XXOO

QueenBeeSwain said...

looooooove that the bush has been transplanted 3x. I am so going to have to do the same with some of my mother's once I have my own home :) and there is just nothing as perfect as a peony, for sure I am getting hitched in early-early-June so they can be my wedding flower!

xoox

kHm

uncoolmom17 said...

I have two peony bushes of my own. It is a pity that the blossoms don't last longer! :(

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