05.21.2021 Moulan Rouge

Our tree peonies are in full blossom now in advance of the herbaceous varieties we have. I grew interested in them when we bought our home and we planted one with huge flowers…the size of a sandwich plate.  That one is no longer as hardy as it might be but a few of the others are flowering and giving a pleasing scent.

Both are iPhone shots. Yesterday morning I noticed a little glow on the horizon at the beginning of our street so made an image with a TP as the foreground interest.

Cloudy today which is good for a visit to a local private native garden.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 05.21.2021 Moulan Rouge

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Such beautiful blooms, it’s a treat to see these Steve.

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  2. What’s the story on the local private native garden? I don’t remember hearing you mention it before.

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  3. susurrus says:

    Beautiful shots. The pale pink is such a classic flower. I had not realised they are scented.

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    • Thanks, Susan! Only a couple have a noticeable scent. The herbaceous variety have a stronger perfume but the lighter shades seem to more than the darker. At least among those in our gardens.


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely peonies – I hope this heat is kind to them. I can’t believe how fast things are going over.

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    • Tree peony flowers don’t last long in general so they are going fast. The herbaceous are just getting going but if we don’t receive some more rain soon they won’t last either. Thanks, Eliza!

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  5. I used to find Peonies a bit blousy but there’s an irresistible charm to them! And the anticipation of waiting for those buds to open, been waiting several weeks now. I only have the herbaceous ones.

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    • I hadn’t thought of them that way but they are beautiful if short-lived and the larger the better. 🙂 Years ago Mary Beth and I used to exchange Caspari Chinese art cards while “courting” from afar. So many did have peonies that my interest was piqued and once we bought our house it was natural to add a few to the yard. Last year many of our herbaceous species took a season off and we were worried about them but this year they are back. ❤


  6. shoreacres says:

    I had no idea tree peonies exist. That’s a revelation. I always think of peony bushes, because those were a favored cemetery flower in Iowa, and all of my relatives grew them. I love them. I remember the ants crawling over the buds, and being told that the ants help to open the flowers. I’ve since learned that’s a myth, but it was a fun one for a kid.

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    • It is true that ants do not aid directly in peonies blooming, but they protect them from pests attacking so in a way are responsible for healthy blooms. That’s interesting in this case because aphids do attack flowering plants and the ants protect them as they “farm” their honeydew secretions. I am not sure how that relationship exists relating to peonies. I guess that’s a myth similar to the one about buttercups.
      I can understand the desirability of peonies in cemeteries because the foliage is beautiful even after the blooms are spent. I mentioned above in my comment to Sel that Mary Beth and I had a particular fondness for peonies due to our cards that we exchanged from afar before moving in together back in the day.

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  7. Beautiful images Steve!

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