Garden Charm

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Yesterday was a nearly perfect gardening day. Early morning showers cleared to a sunny afternoon in high 70s, and last night a final glance through the upstairs window before bedtime revealed an animated starlit sky.

My first view outside each morning is usually from that same window from where I have a bird’s eye view of the entire back garden. Yesterday the sight of scattered peony petals sent me scurrying outside through wet grass to catch the last bits of Paeonia ‘Coral Charm’ until next year.

After using one stem in my Monday vase, I had watched the rest of these gorgeous flowers all week as the aging cycle transformed their crisp structures of deep coral pink into softer, paler symbols of grace. Sad to see them go I have enjoyed observing them through each stage.

Tuesday, April 21

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Thursday, April 23

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

 

Friday, April 24

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

All but two buds on this peony had opened precisely the same time so this and the rest of the blooms had fallen by mid-day.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

The remaining two buds will be appreciated a few days longer.  Both opened quickly and were fully awake by late morning. Fortunately at this time of year there are other garden delights now and ahead.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ (Coral Charm Peony)

 

24 thoughts on “Garden Charm

  1. Tina

    I really like this vignette, especially the photos with the shed and shedding petals. It completes the story. Lovely photos, all.

    Reply
    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Tina. The shed petals intrigued me. I took lots more photos than I thought I should share, including them holding little pools of rainwater, etc.

      Reply
    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I agree with you Malc. I’m not a huge fan of pink but I love coral, salmon, apricot hues. Hope you and Jude are feeling well and enjoying lots of garden time.

      Reply
  2. Kris Peterson

    Their beauty may be fleeting but its wonderful nonetheless. Thanks for sharing it in all its stages, Susie.

    Reply
  3. Chloris

    Exquisite! And the fact that the flowers are so fleeting makes them even more precious. I bought Coral Charm last year, I can’t wait for it to bloom.

    Reply

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