Every year I buy at least one bunch of peonies. You have to be quick off the mark. The season is terribly short, as if peonies can't wait to wither!
This year I got some white ones that came in little knots, blossomed immediatiely they got into the vase and lasted 4 beautiful days before looking tarnished and throwing petals off.
|opulent but short-lived|
Then I immediately replaced them with magenta ones, which were glorious, but shortlived. I rescued a tiny bud and put it in with one or two cuttings I'm trying to raise. Today it has opened. It's about 4cm in diameter and really cute.
|peony next to a hydrangea flower|
The biggest flower was gorgeous - for 3 days! You can see the tiny bud top right.
|a magenta peony at her best|
This morning the sad remains have to go. This ultimate symbol of spring is over.
This year the season was a month late!