Peonies in the Month of May

The secrets hidden in the peony bud

come to light when petal after petal unfolds

such wondrous beauty to behold

a chorus of petals

that rise like flickering flames.

A crown of stamens reveal the inner treasure

A creamy white flower with hints of tender green

and petals tinged with the palest of pinks

I am without words

at so much intricate beauty

which flows as if captured by an invisible stream.

Burgudy red wakes us up with a pop of colour

and when the petals are ready to fall
the centre holds our fascination still...

as we admire a single fallen petal and a stamen
where they landed on my table.


30 comments

  1. I do love a flower with a ton of petals, and peony is right up there. So lovely are all of these, and that Chorus of Pedals is wonderful.

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    1. Yes, Barbara - those peony petals are simply gorgeous, aren't they? Thank you for visiting.

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  2. You show the beauty within so well, Sandra. I admire that peony with a pale blush of pink. Your post reminds me of my husband's grandmother who loved her peonies in the springtime.

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    1. The petals of the peony flower are so luscious, Barb. I also love the fact that these beauties all bloom during my birth month! It's difficult for me to have a favourite as they all have their specific charm!

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  3. My first visit to your blog and what amazing photo's.
    I've always loved this plant

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, for your visit and for leaving a comment!

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  4. Oh how beautiful - to get so close up as if you are entering another world of floriferous beauty - peonies are just wonderfully blowsy - just a shame the flowers don't last very long, so enjoy their beauty whilst you can.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. I was actually so wonderfully surprised that these peonies lasted for a whole week in a vase. Their generous petals, and the different stages they go through as they mature, capture me every year!

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  5. Gorgeous! I finally have peony buds this year, after a few years without.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. You will be thrilled to get some beautiful peony flowers in your garden this year!

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  6. Beautiful, gorgeous flower photos! I can feel your wonder and joy with each photo. Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. These wonderful blooms really do bring luxurious beauty into the month of May each year!

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  7. Those peonies are just stunning!

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    1. They are such photographic flowers. I can never resist them!

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  8. Stunning photography as usual Sandra. Peonies really are totally amazing aren't they. They deserve this blog post of their own!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. I am sure that all the lovely things we say about peonies makes them even more beautiful! Thank you for your friendly comment!

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  9. Just gorgeous Sandra! I especially love the third shot - the gradation of colors and composition is beautiful. I could look at these all day!
    Kate :}

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    1. I agree that the colours are so absolutely gorgeous in these flowers, thank you for your comment, Kate!

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  10. You are a master at images and words that flow with beauty and peace. These are all simply stunning!

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  11. Thank you, Cathy. Peonies are such rewarding beauties to photograph, they are so full of nooks and crannies and unexpected curls!

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  12. exquisite images
    held in lovely words
    thank you

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    1. Always so nice to get your visit, Tammie!

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  13. Oh, my! You've captured the beauty of another one of my favorite flowers. The petals are so delicate and lovely, and the colors are divine. I can't pick a favorite. Beautiful work, Sandra!

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    1. So nice to see you again, Gina. Peonies are my favourite flowers for the month of May. Their generous and gorgeous petals are so enticing they make me want to curl up inside!

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  14. these are lovely, but all flowers looks lovely to me but these are shot wonderfully.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. That's so kind of you to say so, Lissa! Peonies are especially lovely to photograph!

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  15. Gorgeous, Sandra. My peony post is coming out tomorrow but you are the master at reflecting the beauty of these flowers.

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    1. Thank you Kim! Peonies just cry out to be photographed, don't they? I already saw the lovely blooms you have in your garden. It must be heaven to have them so close!

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