I love that there is barely anything left on display in my home, and yet, it doesn't seem to bother me when there is a vase full of Peonies from the garden, gracing the table.
They are beauty enough to look at.
Last night, after evening rains cooled the humid air, the Peonies in bloom were bowed low to the ground, water droplets clinging to their feather-like petals.
The ants are still busy, opening the reminding buds.
I'm always amazed at how such luscious blooms come from such small, compact buds.
I clipped a bouquet for my night table.
This particular variety is Duchesse de Nemours.
I have a few different varieties in my gardens. Six of them are in boom now, and three more are later bloomers.
From top to bottom;
Festiva Maxima and Shirley Temple
Bowl of Cream
Duchesse de Nemours
Sarah Bernhardt, Primevere and Lillian Wind
Here you can see just how large the Bowl of Cream blooms are. They are nearly bowl-sized.
I'm reading up on when it's appropriate to divide and transplant Peonies, and if it's something I can do before we leave. However, I kind of feel as though I would like to live in my new garden for a while, and take my time getting to know what's there. Then I can start fresh. And after all, each of these varieties were from local garden centers, so I can always find them again.