In A Vase On Monday—Coral Charm

In A Vase On Monday—Coral Charm. Photographed Sunday morning.

Each Monday Cathy from Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase assembled from materials collected in our gardens.

I cut two newly opened Coral Charm peonies on Thursday and the rest of these peonies Friday before an expected rain and conditioned them overnight.  I arranged them Saturday morning and have enjoyed watching them open from almost bud stage. Here they are just after being placed into a vase Saturday.

In A Vase On Monday—Coral Charm.  Photographed Saturday morning.

The color is softening as the flowers mature, shifting from pink coral into yellow apricot by Sunday morning, especially noticeable in the ones cut earlier in the week.

In A Vase On Monday—Coral Charm. Photographed Sunday morning.

By Sunday night the peonies were even more magnificent. I did not think they could get any fuller but they have.

Expansive blooms by Sunday evening


A glimpse from the side of the arrangement, Sunday evening.


Allium Aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Rosa (old-fashioned family passalong rose)
Dark blue matte ceramic jar

I could show you dozens and dozens of photos of these Coral Charms, but none of them do justice to the real thing.

Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.

34 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Coral Charm

  1. Cathy

    I have never seen such a colouring in peonies – most unusual (to my eyes, anyway). The (very) dark blue matt vase seems to set them off perfectly and I am so pleased you found time to pick and observe them

  2. Kris P

    SO GORGEOUS! What lovely colors. I’m beyond envious. I keep staring at my Itoh peony but so far that hasn’t prompted the appearance of a single bud 😦

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ve enjoyed watching these flowers evolve the past few days. Dropping a few petals now and nearly ivory. Itoh peonies are stunning. Look forward to seeing yours.

  3. Joanna

    Wow, peonies already!! I also have a Coral Charm peony and love it, but it usually blooms about the 4th of July here. The vase complements yours perfectly! 🙂

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh wow Joanna. It will be 100 degrees F. here July 4th so the peonies wouldn’t have a chance. I’ll look for yours this summer and enjoy Coral Charm again.

  4. Eliza Waters

    These are gasp-out-loud beautiful, Susie! I love them. My peonies are barely out of the ground, so this is a real treat to see. I think I need to add Coral Charm to my wish list. 🙂

  5. tonytomeo

    Peonies are so RAD! I wrote about a peony nursery in Oregon, well, it’s been more than two years ago now. I was so impressed with their blooms because they do not do so well here. They do not get much chill in winter. I can not figure out why some of us can grow them, but most can not, and even the best do not look as good as yours.

  6. Cindy Coghill

    Your peonies are lovely and so early. Mine are not even to bud stage. I have never seen them in those lovely coral colors before and they make a spectacular display. How do you condition them?

  7. greentapestry

    Oh Suzie – your peonies are absolutely exquisite! I especially like the combination of ‘Coral Charm’ with the allium. I now have a serious case of peony envy 😄


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