I purchased a tree peony two years ago. I grew one in a previous garden, it had huge pink flowers, but I wanted a yellow one this time. I like yellow flowers. I bought one labelled Paeonia suffruticosa Yellow. I thought it would be a cheery, daffodil yellow.
It didn’t bloom the first year, which wasn’t surprising. It didn’t bloom last year, even after setting buds, which was disappointing. This year, things looked hopeful. Buds emerged. They grew larger…and larger..
And then it opened. Yellow, but such a pale yellow, almost white, especially in direct sun. I was surprised.
Honey bees were attracted to the huge blooms, although the fragrance was, to my nose, slight. Perhaps it was all that enticing pollen…
They don’t last long, these gargantuan blooms, these tissue paper thin petals. They started to fall, slowly, gently in the breeze, just a few days after opening.
Until just the seed head remained. Until next year.