Garden Peony

I have always been around peonies. My mom and dad grew them, and I grow them now … well I just let them get on with the growing. This is a double peony, and it is newly blossoming. I liked the way the morning light had caught it, and tried to capture it just as it was in that moment. I tidied a few distractions up with the patch and clone tools in my photo editor, and added just a little high pass sharpening. Sometimes less is better. Double-click image to enlarge.


© Peter Hillman ♦ 6th May 2020 ♦ rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

30 thoughts on “Garden Peony

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Pete. I love them but have only seen them in florist shops, never in residential gardens here.

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  2. My grandmother always called these ‘PINE-ees.’ It was the common pronunciation for her and her friends. It might have been because English was a second language for them all, or it might simply have been a regional variation. They were a traditional cemetery flower, partly because they’re perennials, and there was nothing more gorgeous than a cemetery filled with their blooms on Memorial Day.

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  3. How wonderful it must be to cultivate such a beautiful photograph from the ground up, literally. I have a brown thumb so I am envious. Absolutely gorgeous Pete!

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  4. We’ve been growing peonies since we bought our home in 1985. The first two we bought were a pale herbaceous that was heavily and heavenly scented and the second a deep red tree peony similar to your bloom here. Such a rich and pleasing color to get lost in. Very nice, Pete.

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      1. Yes, they are. Ours get very large flowers…some as large as dinner plates. But the branches break easily so we surround them with stakes and burlap stuffed with hay in the winter.

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