Peony or paeony is a name for plants in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native toAsia,Southern Europe and Western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 [1] to 40.[2]

Most are herbaceous perennial plants 1.5 – 5 feet (0.5 – 1.5 metres) tall, but some resemble trees up to 5 – 10 feet (1.5 – 3 metres) tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.

 One thing the above information from Wikipedia omits is that peonies are plentiful in Maine, and right now they are blooming like crazy.  All it took was a few days of sunshine following many days of rain to color the landscape with their beauty.
Why do I get so excited about these gorgeous flowers?  Because part of the year the only place I see peony stems is in a flower shop and the cost is from $3-$5, so when I have them in my own garden I am more than thrilled. I cut as many as I dare without leaving the bushes bare.
From the time the peony is a tight little bud
to slightly unfurled
to a full blown wonder I am outside every day talking to them, making sure all their branches are supported so the weight of the blooms won’t cause them to topple over, praying that it won’t rain until their splendor is done.
The season for these beauties is all too short, but their memory lingers until the next season when they are sure to return in full glory and the thrill will be just as great.
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45 thoughts on “Peony High!

  1. I’m with you on loving Peony’s!
    they’ve all but finished their season here in Denver..
    and what an awesome season it was..!
    I was photographing them everywhere..
    would stop my car and walk to yards to capture the amazing beauty..
    of these gorgeous flowers,..
    sadly, i’m moving back to Florida..
    sadly because Peony’s do not grow well there..
    I’ve my many photos.. and memories of beautiful Denver days..
    and Peony’s galore!

    1. Funny how plants choose their growing places. I’m in Maine part of the year, Houston the other, and what does well in each place is very different. Houston probably has more in common with Florida, at least the southern part. Thanks for your visit.

  2. When I was a child, my mom purchased an original watercolor painting of peonies. I remember at the time that we didn’t have very much money, but she just had to have it. It was so beautiful.

    I think we ate macaroni for a month after she bought that painting! I have always associated peonies with beauty and fine art – they have a mysterious effect on some people 😉

    1. I love this story. Whatever it was about peonies that touched your mom must have been special. Good for her for yielding to her impulse to own the painting.

  3. Just beautiful. I lost some plants this year…believe it was due to the early snow melt. I think I will move some plants around to see if I can find a place for a couple of peonies. I know I am in a colder area of Maine but I have seen one home growing some.

    1. I heard that quite a few plants were lost because of the lack of snow this winter. Luckily, ours are OK. I would think peonies would do OK where you are, but then I’m no garden expert.

  4. Your peonies are beautiful, I love that maroony/purple one! I agree, their season is way too short-enjoy:@)

  5. Peonies are the flower of my childhood; they don’t grow here where there isn’t a lot of winter chill that they need.

    Mama always cut huge bouquets of peonies to take to the cemetery for Memorial Day. I still remember the fragrance where they sat waiting on the dining room table until time to go.

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