Day 149: paeonies opening

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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You never really see a paeony growing. But turn your back on one in spring, and it increases in stature, height and development at an alarming rate. While fat red shoots pushing through the soil were little more than whispered promises as recently as March, by May they’re in full leaf and coming into flower. Mine always seem a little late,  ‘Coral Charm’ (photographed) always appearing first, round buds swelling into bowl shaped flowers, initially a rich pink, the coral creeping in after a week or so. I hope they don’t go over as quickly as they’ve appeared but, when they do, there’s comfort in the knowledge that the roses will fill any vacant spot, in gardens and in hearts.


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