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
Thursday, April 23
Friday, April 24
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.
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.