From the time it is a tight bud, the peony is a thing of beauty.
The bud stays closed until a few days of warm sunshine opens it to its full glory.
Now, the blooms are beautiful in place, but where they are in my garden makes them scarcely visible. What that means is that I gather a few every day to enjoy in many ways.
There are several varieties of peony, and the colors range from white to palest pink to fuschia, all beautiful.
Few things are lovelier than peonies arranged as a centerpiece on the dining room table. They certainly contribute to our sense of taste and smell as well as add texture and color.
Though generally the star in an arrangement, they mix well with other blooms that add color interest. Though not as common, the bloom with the yellow center is a peony. Because of its uniqueness it is my favorite.
Sadly, peonies don’t last forever, but even as they become faded beauties they are special. When the petals fall, it makes me think they would be perfect for a bride’s path down the aisle. Wonder if anyone has used them in place of rose petals.