This is the glorious time of year when peonies bloom in my yard. I watch them early in the spring when their tiny red shoots emerge, then their growth is rapid. Their stalks grow high, the buds form, and by mid-May the blooms unfold from tight balls, covered with ants, to a cloudlike mass of heavenly petals. Their fragrance is amazing. Their delicacy is perfection. I fall in love with them, especially the pink ones.
Cutting these blooms and arranging them in a vase is one of my favorite things to do. I cherish these blooms because they are so perfect, but also they are so fleeting. After a few days inside they begin to drop their petals. If there is a heavy rain, that can mangle the emerging blooms and beat them down, so I pay attention to the forecast and cut them before the rain comes. Timing is everything!
I also support the peonies with stakes and tie twine around them, otherwise they will fall over due to the weight of the blooms. With the sun out, many blooms will open on a single day. My pink peonies are the Sarah Bernhardt peony. I also have red ones, the Karl Rosenfield peony. The combination of these two peonies in a vase is striking! If you are looking for a reliable perennial plant that produces gorgeous blooms, consider the peony for a full sun area in your yard.