Peony season has come and gone for another year. It went by so quickly this year.
It begins with just one or two popping open and then one hot day and they are ALL open!
Here is the row I have along the back of the house.
These flowers never cease to captivate me.
I walk around the house talking to them, smelling them, petting them -- definitely acting like a crazy woman.
But how could I not?! Especially when pink and green are one of my favorite combinations!
I picked a bunch on the very hot Saturday we had. I wish I could somehow spread them out over a month rather than a week!
The house was filled with them -- kitchen table, counter, kitchen sink, coffee table, living room, bedroom, bathrooms.....
They just make my heart sing!
I admit that I thought at first the peonies had grown smaller this year but I think it was just comparing them with the giant tree peonies I saw in NYC.
Of course the house was full of ants. The kids think I'm crazy to put up with them but who cares about a few (or more) ants when you can enjoy this beauty?!!!
The morning light would come in my bedroom windows and illumine the pink blossoms in such a stunning fashion. It's never captured in a photo.
I suppose this photo gets pretty close:
I think the light pink peonies all came off two stems in this picture.
I'm not as fond of the "Bowl of Beauty" variety but it does have a lovely effect alongside the other blooms.
Of course peonies would be one of the hardest flowers to paint but I finally couldn't stand it and just had to try.
One of the last blooms.....
And now the very last buds, partially browned from rain and not very big, are sitting on my coffee table. The last goodbye until next year......