Sunday 10 June 2007

A Passion for Paeonies

Paeonies are my kind of flower.

They give maximum effect for minimum effort.

They prefer to be left alone.

No pruning, no staking, no dividing.

I like that in a plant.

They have fabulous names such as

Sarah Bernhardt and Bowl of Beauty and Duchesse de Nemours.

This year the paeonies are indecently large.

A felicitous combination of sunshine, rain and still air

has produced a pleasure of floating tutus.

When I have a mansion I will have a walled garden full of paeonies but until then I will continue to squeeze a new variety into my tiny garden every autumn.

And think about next summer.

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