For Pink Saturday, I am sharing these glorious peonies! I would love to tell you that I grew them myself, but alas, I bought them last night while grocery shopping! Normally I only see cut peonies at the Flower Market, but I spied these in the fresh flower section of my local Vons store, and just couldn’t resist taking them home.
Peonies are originally from China, and bloom April through June, depending upon location. Delicate blossoms adorn a vintage Minton plate from the 1930’s.
Being in bloom only a short while, peonies are treasured flowers during their brief appearance. The savoring of the few that remain at the end of a season is captured in this melancholy poem.
I’m saddened by the peonies before the steps, so red,
As evening came I found that only two remained.
Once morning’s winds have blown, they surely won’t survive,
At night I gaze by lamplight, to cherish the fading red. Bai Juyi (772 to 846 AD)
I’m linking up today for Pink Saturday!