The Chinese “Tree” Peony is so-named for its China origin and its woody stems. It has long been the most common garden peony in the world, with many cultivars having been developed over the years.

If you look closely, you’ll notice a little damage to the petals from the recent rains. Usually, such imperfections would disqualify a photo from appearing on this blog, but the sheer opulence of the bloom overrode such concerns.

The photo was taken on May 26, 2012, a little after noon, under an overcast (shadowless), but brightly luminous sky. The plant grows in Jackie’s lovely garden by the pond.

There’s also a more modern, peony cultivar in the garden. It’s flowers have not held up nearly as well to the recent rains. I wonder if it’s a case of over-breeding that weakens the strain.

See related posts: Spring Garden 2013*, Jackie’s Blooms. Click image to enlarge it, and browser’s back arrow to close. Comments are welcome.


4 Responses to Chinese Peony*

  1. Dede Reade says:

    About the only flower that beats the scent of peony in my opinion is bugbane. Gorgeous coloring in this one…

  2. Claire LeBlanc says:

    Beautiful picture of my favorite flower! I wish they would bloom all summer. I have white and pink ones and getting ready to go pick some and make a pretty bouquet.

  3. Dick Quinn says:

    Two clicks bring a full-sized thrill. Such fine detail! A second flower popping open. Multicolored ball-buds. Pollen bokeh. A gorgeous green stem. “Opulence” for sure. THANKS, Ron.

  4. Terry Sullivan says:

    The color saturation, shadow detail, and sharp and soft focus make the flowers and leaves look real.

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