Peony blooming time is here and the plants in the front garden are at their prime. These few days every summer have my favourite blooms of the year.
Over the years, I have added new varieties to the mix and some are beginning to produce blooms now,
though they are small this year.
One of the new plants produces a bloom which is white between rows of pale pink petals.
The bloom is beautiful when it first opens but over a few days it stretches open to reveal three distinct layers of beauty.
Other blooms are from the first plants we purchased eight years ago and are well established now. My favourite is the white peonies with the touch of rose.
The individual blooms are the size of dinner plates and last the longest of all the blooms.
Despite my efforts to cage and tie them up, some blooms insist on falling over into other plants but I like that effect too. For me, peonies can do no wrong.
Ants are enjoying the buds again.
They show up every year like clock work, just in time for the nectar produced by the peony buds. They must write it on the calendar from year to year.
It’s time now too for the high winds which are detrimental to the soft blooms of the peonies. Every year they blow the petals from the flowers. Until that time, you know where I will be with my camera.