This week’s bouquet is, of course, peonies. What else is more magnificent at this time of year than peonies?
I have a love/dislike relationship with peonies. What I mean is, what’s not to love? They are the essence of beauty.
But, on the other hand, I have little patience with flowers that cannot hold themselves upright, even with support.
And, I think the other biggest disappointment is, that the flowers last only a couple days, if you’re lucky enough not to have any rain, or it’s not too hot.
It seems almost irreverent to speak ill of one of nature’s most beloved summer flowers. But I think it is just that the long wait, the exquisite bliss of the opening buds, and then the crumbling and falling of petals, ends for me, in such sad disappointment.
It’s like a tragic love story. Such beauty should not be allowed to fade so fast.
But regardless of their short lived bloom and all my fussing, they are worth the year-long wait . . . just to experience the extravagance of their beauty.
Linking with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a Vase on Monday”, where you can view lots of pretty flower arrangements.