I’m not sure what I like best about Peonies, but I know there’s an awful lot to like. I love to grow ’em, arrange ’em, and for this month’s release of all digital flower images: draw ’em! I find myself stalking the plants in the garden come early May. Is that healthy? Don’t tell anyone if not, because I’m afraid I can’t help myself.
I grow a number of magnificent cultivars hybridized by members of the renowned Klehm family (more on those wonderful people later, as I have a really fun history working with their nursery, Klehm’s Song Sparrow), and I also have several plants whose provenance is unknown, as I bought them in the discount section at the local garden shop because they’d lost their plant tags. But who really cares? They’re Peonies, and when they start to pop, I get more than a little bit giddy.
These photos were taken last spring in my garden, when I was outside ogling their plump buds atop green stems, crawling with tiny ants and filled with promise.
I swoooooon during moments they begin to unfurl their magnificent petals, each so unique and sublime.
After a rain, the blooms are heavy with drops and I have to shake them out a bit so they don’t droop too much, but I mean, look at these things!
I could ruminate about the joys of Peonies for days, but I have the feeling that you might be more interested in the new illustration I’ve done that celebrates this exquisite plant, and that you can get your hands on RIGHT NOW! I hope you find as much joy in them as I do! Introducing: Peonies
If you think these Peony images from Power Poppy look like fun, then be prepared to be blasted by seeing a few of the cardmaking possibilities. The boundlessly talented Bloom Brigade have made cards with this set that could induce heart palpitations of the most creative kind. Come have a look...
We have even more Instant Garden fun to share tomorrow! Eeeeee!! See you then!